Sheepwash Creek plan to help clean Tamar River

WATERWAY WIN-WIN: NRM North stormwater and catchment officer Jesse Webster.

WATERWAY WIN-WIN: NRM North stormwater and catchment officer Jesse Webster.

New water catchment plans for Sheepwash Creek in west Perth will aim to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the Tamar River. 

A joint effort between Northern Midlands Council and NRM North, the project will see the Sheepwash Creek stormwater drain into a rehabilitated waterway, which will reduce localised flooding and make the area more visually appealing.

The project will begin with the installation of a sediment pond and wetland on the corner of Edwards and Youl streets. 

NRM North stormwater and catchment officer Jesse Webster said reducing the amount of pollutants entering the South Esk was crucial to the health of the Tamar River.

“By installing water-sensitive urban design infrastructure such as a sedimentation basin and wetland, we can reduce pollutants in the system while improving the overall amenity of the creek which is a win-win for the community of Perth and waterway health,” Mr Webster said.

“The project will also be used as a demonstration project for other councils focused on improving water quality in urban creek lines.”

Northern Midlands mayor David Downie said he was pleased the project had received backing from council, local industry and the Perth community. 

“The development will provide treatment for water during regular flow events which will reduce flooding and enhance water quality,” Cr Downie said.  

“The design of this project demonstrates our care for the environment and our natural resources.”

The project is funded through the National Landcare Program.