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Chelsworth Park - Stormwater Harvesting Project

The Banyule Stormwater Harvesting Project has built an innovative water conservation and water quality improvement system to capture, treat and store stormwater underground for use on Chelsworth Park and Ivanhoe Golf Course. This will keep these community facilities green and usable all year round for residents to enjoy - even in dry years.

More than 30 Olympic swimming pools worth of stormwater will be harvested per year, worth about $200,000. The local environment will benefit as litter, sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous will be filtered out and prevented from entering local waterways.

Stormwater is harvested from a main drain flowing alongside The Boulevard, Ivanhoe, then treated, stored and distributed for irrigation on Chelsworth Park and Ivanhoe Golf Course. 

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Image 1: Plan outlining the location of the stormwater system at Chelsworth Park

Facts and Stats

  • The Chelsworth Park project will harvest more than 30 Olympic swimming pools worth of stormwater per year, representing about $200,000 of value.
  • Key water quality improvements include the removal of approximately 20 tonnes of litter, 50 tonnes of sediment, 300 kilograms of nitrogen and 90 kilograms of phosphorous from stormwater flows to Reedy Billabong and the Yarra River.
  • Improved habitat for local wildlife.

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Image 2: Plan outlining the location of the underground storage and open pond storage in the context of Chelsworth Park and Ivanhoe Golf Course.