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Oaklands Wetland is a sensitive and deeply valued wetland which plays a variety of important roles.
The wetland is located in Oaklands Wetland and Reserve at 237-265 Oaklands Road in Oaklands Park; adjacent to the Warradale Army Barracks and across the road from the Marion Outdoor Pool.
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 including the Grey-headed Flying-fox.
Importantly, the key purpose of the wetland itself is to clean and supply precious water to many of our parks. It is a ‘water farm’ and once fully operational it will help provide the community with green open spaces.
Oaklands Wetland is home to many different species of animals including parrots, ducks, cockatoos and wader birds such as spoonbills, ibis and gulls. Fish and frogs live in the wetland, plus many different types of insects like dragonflies and mayflies.
Majestic, old river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and 85,000 new plants play an important role creating habitat for our wildlife.
There are many things to enjoy at Oaklands Wetland, such as:
When fully operational the wetland can capture, clean and store up to 400 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.
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:
Visitors can learn how the wetland functions, including its pumping infrastructure, electrical control equipment and the aquifer injection and extraction process.
The tours allow people to appreciate the extent and complexity of its infrastructure. It is already proving to be an important site for environmental education. The wetland is also being used for scientific research by Flinders University and Adelaide University.
For information about wetland tours, contact:
Water Resources Coordinator
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.
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:
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.
The Oaklands Wetland and Reserve master plan includes the wetland, adventure play space, biodiversity corridor and recreation plaza.
Construction to upgrade the recreation plaza began in October 2014.
This ‘behind the scenes’ YouTube video gives a unique insight into the recently unveiled $9 million Oaklands Wetland.
It also highlights the work done by our staff to build the award-winning wetland.
The special feature is part of a state-wide campaign to profile the role of councils and career opportunities in local government. Find out more at the Careers in Council website.