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Glade Crescent Wetland

Glade Crescent Wetland is a series of small wetlands that once all built will play a variety of important roles.

The key outcomes for the site will be:

  • Improved water quality in the creek and ultimately discharged to the Gulf
  • Improved habitat for many different animals
  • Diverse ecology
  • Improved amenity
  • Improved recreational value
  • Educational opportunities

The wetlands are located in Hallett Cove, in-between Quailo Avenue and Glade Crescent and adjacent to our fantastic playground at Glade Crescent Reserve Playground.

It is a cherished open space still in the early years of development, where our community directly connects with nature. It is home to a diversity of wildlife including birds, aquatic life and protected species.

Over 10,000 plants were planted during the 1st winter. In addition to the aquatic plants there are grasses and shrubs, including Mallee Box, Drooping Sheoak, Dryland Tea-tree, Sticky Hop Bush and Kangaroo Grass.

There are many things to enjoy at Glade Crescent Wetland, such as:

  • Walk, run or cycle along the paths.
  • Cross the stepping-stones at the rear of the wetland weir.
  • Sit on one of the several benches or stones and admire the views.
  • Watch or photograph native birds foraging in the wetland
  • Relax with a picnic or BBQ.

Cleaning water naturally – how the wetland works

When fully operational, the wetland can capture, clean and store up to 50 million litres of stormwater each year.

Water is cleaned as it moves slowly through a series of ponds, which each use natural processes in various ways to clean the water.

To function properly, the wetland needs calm water, healthy plants and native animals to all play their part.

How our community cares

Our community values the wetland, its wildlife and the green open spaces, which the wetland can support. Visitors to the wetland show they care by:

  • Keeping dogs on leads and sticking to the designated areas
  • Allowing ducks and water birds find their own food - feeding them can make them sick and cause aggression
  • Leaving model boating for elsewhere
  • Leaving fishing for elsewhere

Public safety

Public safety is vital and the wetland has a number of design features to ensure this and support adult supervision of children.

Council has commissioned a 3rd party risk assessment of the site and actioned all recommendations.

The wetland is designed to comply with Australian Standards with shallow gradients, gently leading out to deeper water. We want to make our wetlands open and welcoming.

Wetland tours and self-guided walks

Visitors can learn how the wetland functions. The tours allow people to appreciate the extent and complexity of our wetlands. It is already proving to be an important site for environmental education.

For information about wetland tours, contact:

Glynn Ricketts 
Water Resources Coordinator