Adelaide will be greener and cooler thanks to water sensitive urban design grants

Date posted: 04 October 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Climate Change


Adelaide will be greener and cooler thanks to water sensitive urban design grants
Adelaide will be cooler, greener and more resilient to climate change thanks to urban project grants worth more than $710,000.
The projects promote water sensitive urban design (WSUD), an innovative approach to incorporating the whole water cycle in our towns and cities, including capturing and re-using rainwater to help prepare our communities for hotter, drier summers.
The grants, provided by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, will be used to fund projects such as:
  • Footpaths that allow rainwater to soak through, watering street trees and saving 40 million litres of stormwater from going down the drain every year.
  • Car parks that direct rainwater to garden beds and street trees along Port Road.
  • Establish a school wetland at St Catherine’s Primary School.
  • Re-using stormwater to irrigate sports fields.
  • Installing 85 ‘Treenet inlets’ in roadside gutters to use more than 1 million litres of stormwater every year to water street trees.
The WSUD grants are funded by the NRM Levy. The NRM board works with local government and other partner organisations to facilitate the transition to water sensitive communities, by investing the NRM Levy in the development and implementation of better water policy, research, capacity-building, and on-ground projects.
The transition to water sensitive communities inherently recognises the value of green infrastructure and incorporates the need to help communities adapt to a changing climate.
Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter


We all want to see water used wisely, and it’s great to see the innovative work being done to use our precious rainwater to create cooler, greener urban spaces.


Planning for climate change now means we will be better prepared for the future.


This is a great initiative of the board and a valuable example of the benefits to our community from the NRM levy. 

Water Sensitive Urban Design grants 2017-18

Applicant Project Grant (inc GST) $
Adapt West Adapt West in Action 55,000
City of Mitcham Kent Street Hawthorn Permeable Paving 93,500
City of Charles Sturt Port Road Drainage Project – Car park upgrades WSUD 436,150
Resilient Hills & Coasts Resilient Hills & Coasts – Regional Coordinator 66,000
St Catherine's Primary School St Catherine’s wetland remediation initiative 5,500
Adelaide Hills Council Woodside Recreation Ground water management system design documentation 27,500
City of Mitcham Angas Road Water Sensitive Catchment 27,775

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