Department of the Environment

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The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Urban Water

Nick Champion, MP

Federal Member for Wakefield

Wetlands for conservation and the community of Playford

Joint media release
1 August 2013

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Urban Water Amanda Rishworth today officially opened the Curtis Stebonheath Wetlands in the City of Playford.

Ms Rishworth said the Australian Government's contribution to the project of $9.6 million is part of an ongoing commitment to help urban and regional centres prepare for a future with less water.

"Urban water projects like this one clearly demonstrate the versatility of stormwater harvesting and reuse, which benefit the environment and the community.

"These wetlands are an asset from a conservation perspective, and provide a place for recreational activities and opportunities for school and community groups to learn about water quality, habitats and ecosystems," Ms Rishworth said.

"These beautiful wetlands will quickly become a refuge for local wildlife such as frogs and birds."

The Curtis Stebonheath Wetlands are a series of specially designed ponds and more than 50,000 reeds. The wetlands will capture, cleanse and distribute stormwater for use on reserves and parks.

Local member for Wakefield Nick Champion said reusing stormwater will reduce the demand on the city's potable water supplies.

"More than 2.8 hectares of open space including lawns and landscaped gardens will be irrigated with some 240 million litres of stormwater captured and treated on this site," Mr Champion said.

"The open spaces and wetlands are important as they provide places for the community and future generations to relax, exercise, socialise and enjoy the great outdoors."

The Curtis Stebonheath Wetlands are part of Playford's larger Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme, which is close to completion and also incorporates additional bores and the Northern Expressway storage basin.

For more information on the Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme visit: or call 1800 218 478.