Photo: From the left, City of Kalamunda CEO - Rhonda Hardy, Minister of Water - Dave Kelly, City of Kalamunda Project Manager (Water Projects) - Daniel Nelson and Director General at Department of Water & Environmental Regulation - Mike Rowe.
The City of Kalamunda is making waves with its Hartfield Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) Project, taking out the 2018 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA Division award for Excellence at last Saturday’s Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of Crown Perth. The project has received accolades from far and wide, with the City taking home three awards and four finalist nominations to date.
Mayor John Giardina said, “Environment and sustainability are key priorities for the City of Kalamunda. We’re honoured to receive the prestigious UDIA award and to be a finalist in the environmental excellence category and to be recognised amongst industry leaders for our work in this field.”
The project was described by judges as a pioneer in WA’s water reuse technology.
“This successful demonstration project will now encourage others in both the private and public sector to adopt this system as a way of providing more water in a cost effective, environmentally-friendly way, and the City is to be commended for having the foresight and courage to complete the project,” they said.
Based at the City’s Hartfield Park in Forrestfield, the project stemmed from the need to redevelop and expand the available sports fields. In order to expand these facilities, the City needed to secure an alternate water source and overcome key challenges, including regulations around the site’s classification as an A class reserve and as a bush forever site.
The establishment of the Managed Aquifer Recharge scheme has not only enabled the successful delivery of the Hartfield Park Master Plan, but has also provided a successful case study for numerous state departments and other local authorities facing similar challenges. The success of the MAR scheme at Hartfield Park will allow the site to continue to grow with the developing community around it.
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About the MAR Project
Hartfield Park is a challenging development site that encapsulates 155 hectares of mixed use space. It is a bush forever site and a Class A reserve. It is also an Aboriginal heritage site subject to Native Title rights that is partly occupied by a golf course and is home to multiple sport and club facilities.
A key objective of the Hartfield Park Master Plan was to redevelop and expand the available sports fields. In order to expand these facilities, the City of Kalamunda needed to secure an alternate water source.
Establishing the Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) scheme has not only enabled the successful delivery of the Hartfield Park Master Plan, but has also provided a successful case study for numerous state departments and other local authorities facing similar challenges.
The City overcame several engineering challenges in the design and construction of the infrastructure necessary to meet the requirements outlined by the water resource management operating strategy for a stormwater harvesting and managed aquifer recharge trial.
The success of the MAR scheme at Hartfield Park will allow the site to continue to grow with the developing community around it.