Just outside of the Echuca township and a stone throw from the Mighty Murray River lays a 224Ha parcel of flat land in private hands. Although used for intensive agricultural purposes for many decades, the land is now being developed as a semi-rural housing estate. Crucial to the development is a green spine which harbours a complex Stormwater Management Plan developed by Stormy Water Solutions.

The aim is to drain the entire estate using grassed swales and limited pipe system, all of which feed a string of ponds within the central open space corridor, a space reminiscent of the Billabongs which flank the Murray River.

The landscape consists of mown and unmown grassed areas, regeneration areas for the iconic River Red Gums, an extensive path network, some boardwalk and playground in key areas.

The landscape concept is split into 2 distinct zones: the central more densely populated zone, when the landscape will be mown with family-type activities and the periphery where the landscape is to blend into the local bushland character of the Murray’s open riparian forest.

Wharparilla Wetland and reserves

Client
Millar Family

Location
Echuca, VIC

Size 
15 Ha

Consultancy Type
Sub-consultant to Planners/civil engineers

Achievement
Largest greenfield development in Echuca