Safety at Oaklands Wetland

A valued feature of Oaklands Wetland is the public's close interaction with the wetland and the aquatic life. The open water areas are a particular feature which give good water views and are a component of all stormwater treatment wetlands.

The majority of the wetland is shallow (less than 300mm) with extensive water plants. The open ponds are deeper (up to 1.7m) and don’t have emergent vegetation.


Designed for public safety

Public safety is very important and the wetland has a number of design features to ensure this and support adult supervision of children. These include:

  • At the water’s edge there is a minimum two and a half metre wide very mild sloped buffer zone before any deeper ponds. This extends to 250mm depth and then the batters increase in slope down to the deeper pools. Even 1 vertical to 3 horizontal slopes are quite trafficable.
  • The complete perimeter of the wetland is covered with mass planting that will discourage entry. The wetland edges are designed and constructed in accordance with Australian artificial water feature design guidelines.
  • Around the formal path and edge there is a 100mm high kerb which provides a physical barrier to the wetland for prams and the like.
  • The majority of bridge structures are low and over shallow water to allow close interaction with the wetland and its wildlife. Where there is a vertical drop of more than one metre a handrail is provided for safety. 

All of these design elements meet the requirements of Australian Standards for design of such systems.

Council has independently verified this through their own risk assessment conducted by an external consultant. However, as with all areas of open space, it is important that children are supervised at all times.