Sparrovale Wetlands construction to start soon

Construction of the sustainable Sparrovale Wetlands system is
expected to begin in October this year subject to final planning approval,
after council awarded the $3.25 million contract to Goldsmith Civil and

The world-class wetlands will provide significant environmental
and community benefits, as well as a critical, end-of-line drainage solution
for the Armstrong Creek growth area. The system will treat, store and convey
stormwater flows from the upstream development precincts.

The project will include the construction and landscaping of
linear wetlands, earthen channels, access roads and drainage structures.

The City carried out an open tender process that was publically
advertised. The Tender Evaluation Panel found that Goldsmith Civil and
Environmental was the ideal candidate, given its project experience, expertise
and value for money.

The project design has been guided by a Project Working Group that
includes representatives from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

The City is fully funding the project. The total project budget is
$4.02 million, made up of funds from each of council’s 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and
2019-2020 budgets.

In parallel to this project, the City is developing the Sparrovale
Master Plan which will shape the design and development of the site with the
help of upcoming community consultation.

Bruce Harwood – Mayor

The Sparrovale Wetlands system will be an iconic environment for
the community to enjoy for many years to come and an important ecosystem for
wildlife and plants to thrive. The project will also provide a vital drainage
solution for the Armstrong Creek growth area, and further demonstrates the City
of Greater Geelong’s clever and creative commitment to good planning outcomes.

Congratulations to Goldsmith Civil and Environmental on being
awarded the tender.

Councillor Pat Murnane – Chair – Finance portfolio

The council has identified an opportunity to develop a landmark
environmental asset, while creating a drainage solution for Armstrong Creek at
the same time. This is an excellent example of clever and creative design

Armstrong Creek has been important in helping us cater to our
region’s population growth, with around 15,000 new residents moving in over the
past 10 years. Given this community will continue to grow in the years ahead,
the Sparrovale Wetlands will be a crucial piece of infrastructure.

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