BRIEF – 24 March 2010 – Dozens of new raingardens will be planted across Sydney as part of the City of Sydney’s plan to harvest and treat stormwater.

Raingardens are natural, underground stormwater treatment systems, designed to absorb pollutants that would otherwise end up in the Cooks River or Sydney Harbour, a City of Sydney media statement has said. A study commissioned by the City of Sydney has identified 21,000 square metres of space for new raingardens, with the suburbs of Redfern, Alexandria, Darlinghurst, Woolloomooloo and Newtown among those earmarked for new additions.

Raingardens have recently been built in Buckland Street, Meagher Street and Myrtle Street, Chippendale and others are operating successfully in Pirrama Park at Pyrmont, along the Glebe foreshore and at Joynton Avenue in Zetland. See

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