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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.
The Oaklands Wetland and Reserve is also home to the Oaklands Education Centre. The centre which is on the western side of the reserve, was built in collaboration with Flinders University to facilitate and promote environmental studies. Schools at all levels are encouraged to book the facility for studies related to the environment.
Designed for high school students and aligned with the SACE curriculum, Flinders University has created various educational modules where students are able to participate in water-related STEM activities - topics included are groundwater, environmental health and ecology.
Students get first-hand experience of practical activities such as conducting a theoretical risk assessment to see whether wetland water is safe for its intended use. The activities will be of particular use to the new science as a human endeavour strand of the SACE curriculum.
There will also be unique opportunities to have your class led, in conjunction with your teacher, by a PhD researcher from Flinders University.
This not only allows expert scientific guidance but enables students to see and discuss potential future tertiary education and career pathways in STEM.
For more information in regards to booking a Flinders University student led workshop, please contact us:
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.
European carp (Cyprinus carpio) is a pest that adversely affects the health of our rivers and wetlands. It was first introduced to Australian waterways more than 100 years ago and has since established in every state except the Northern Territory. The following link (includes a video) provides fantastic information on why we remove Carp from Oaklands Wetland
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
If you unable to visit the site, please click on the linkbelow for a virtual tour of the Wetland
Download the species list below and see how many you can spot aroundthe 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.
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.
The Excellence Awards, hosted annually by Stormwater Association, South Australia, encourages, recognises, promotes and celebrates excellence in the innovation, development, completion and management of stormwater projects and the people involved.
The City of Marion with our partners Flinders University won the Excellence in Research and Innovation category for 2020. Watch the award video by clicking the on the link below