Oaklands Park and Wetland
This project clearly shows the benefits landscape architects can bring when they lead green infrastructure projects. At the heart of the project is a functional wetland which harvests 500 Megalitres of water from the Sturt River for use in irrigation of 30 other open spaces and for groundwater recharge.
Through sensitive design the landscape architects have integrated the wetland into the site topography, retaining existing trees and maximising ecological values. A connecting path circuit allows visitors to interact with a mix of formal and natural landscape spaces.
The project is commended for the restraint and creation of diverse, immersive landscape spaces. This project demonstrates a high level of collaboration between the Council, its partners and the landscape architect to create valuable piece of green infrastructure that provides a treasured space for the community to relax and explore nature.