Brentwood Main Drain transformed into living stream

City of Melville environment officer Kellie Motteram at Kaalitj-ngort Koondaam, a transformation of Brentwood Main Drain.
City of Melville environment officer Kellie Motteram at Kaalitj-ngort Koondaam, a transformation of Brentwood Main Drain.

THE Brentwood Main Drain has been transformed from a closed pipe system into an open, living stream.

The finished product, on the corner of Pulo Road and Leach Highway in Brentwood, will allow water collected in drains and catchments to be cleansed of pollutants through the use of native plants, basins and riffles before it flows into the Canning River.

Benefits will include cleaner water flowing from drains into the river, new habitat for native animals and improved amenity for local residents.

A photo of Brentwood Living Stream before the works. Picture: City of Melville.

The City of Melville’s $885,000 Brentwood Living Stream Project was kick-started following a pollution analysis by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

It also falls under a relatively new program by the Water Corporation which works with councils to open up functional assets – in this case the drain – to better utilise them for the community.

Water collected in drains will be cleansed of pollutants through the use of native plants, basins and riffles before it flows into the Canning River, following completion of the Brentwood Living Stream Project.

An official opening will be held at the site – given the Aboriginal name Kaalitj-ngort Koondaam (Dragonfly Dreaming) – on April 21.

There will be a barbecue breakfast and a symbolic returning of the ashes by Aboriginal elders.

This project was a partnership between DBCA, Water Corporation, Main Roads, City of Melville, South East Centre for Urban Landcare, the National Landcare program and the local Aboriginal community.

Kaalitj-Ngort Koondaam Dragonfly.

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