Stormwater Victoria Industry Award for Rye Coastal Wetland


Rye Coastal Wetland has been awarded the Stormwater Victoria Industry Award 2022 for ‘Infrastructure Excellence’.

This award recognises excellence in stormwater infrastructure projects that have been delivered and are now operational.

Our first coastal bio infiltration basin (also known as a coastal wetland) at the Rye foreshore is the largest stormwater treatment asset in a coastal environment on the Peninsula.

The community driven project overcame significant challenges, including: sand migration, high tides, storm surges, and high groundwater levels, to produce a highly effective natural filtration system treating the stormwater prior to reaching the Bay.

Since its construction, the coastal wetland has been delivering the following benefits:

  • Improved water quality discharge into Port Philip Bay.
  • Enhanced visual amenity of the site.
  • Enhanced biodiversity.
  • A boardwalk with improved access to the beach.
  • Demonstration project enabling education to the community and the Shire.

This project was funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire, the Victorian Government (Port Philip Bay Fund) and Melbourne Water (Liveable Communities Liveable Waterways Program), and was initiated by discussion between the Shire and Rye Community Group Alliance.

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