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ACT Healthy Waterways Project

This project by the ACT Environment and Planning Directorate has registered for a Design v1.2 IS Rating.


The ACT Healthy Waterways Project is a joint initiative of the Australian and ACT governments to protect and improve long-term water quality in the ACT and further downstream in the Murrumbidgee River system.

It involves the construction of a range of infrastructure - ponds, wetlands and rain gardens – as well the restoration of creeks. –The projects are all designed to ‘turn off’ or reduce the amount of nutrients, sediment and pollutants entering our waterways. The focus is on improving water quality higher up in the catchment where rainwater becomes stormwater.

Twenty infrastructure projects will be constructed and two research projects conducted across six priority catchments:

  • the established catchment of Lake Tuggeranong
  • the established catchment of Yarralumla Creek
  • the developing catchment of Upper Molonglo
  • the developing catchment of Lower Molonglo
  • the developing catchment of West Belconnen
  • the industrialised Fyshwick catchment.

“Everything we are doing in the ACT Healthy Waterways project is aimed at improving water quality both in the receiving waters - in our lakes and ponds - and in the Murrumbidgee River downstream,”

Justin Foley Program Manager ACT healthy Waterways.


  • Rating Type Water
  • Registered Date August 2017
  • Practical Completion July 2019
  • Jurisdiction Australia
  • States ACT / NSW
  • Assessor Wade Liu
  • Capital Value $93.5 Million
  • Other Stakeholders ACT Government - Environment Planning and Sustainable Development, GHD, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, Construction Control Australia, National Capital Authority



For more information on this project, visit the ACT Government website.