The Ashmore precinct of Sydney will have a new trunk drain system installed to minimise the damage from flooding in the area. The works will help the area plan for 3000 new homes before 2025.
A major new stormwater drain will be constructed downstream of the Ashmore precinct to deal with flooding problems in this significant urban renewal area. The City of Sydney and Sydney Water will jointly fund the new trunk drain system that will extend around 650 metres from Coulson Street, Erskineville, to the existing Alexandra Canal.
The former industrial area is on a floodplain and the current underground stormwater pipes have limited capacity which sees overflow conveyed along streets and open spaces during heavy rainfall. Floodwater has been recorded at more than one meter in this area in recent times.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore believes the future of the Ashmore precinct was dependent on a long-term solution to reduce the risk of localised flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. “This major new stormwater drain in Ashmore will reduce future flooding risks and safeguard the area,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Urban renewal can be done well for the benefit of the community, but only when it is supported by necessary infrastructure, good design, efficient public transport, green open space and a wide range of community facilities.”
Through a major urban renewal project, the Ashmore area will be transformed into a new residential and commercial centre, with 3,000 new homes and 6,300 new residents by 2025.
Sydney Water Managing Director Kevin Young said: “Construction of the stormwater project provides services to accommodate the growth and development in Ashmore and forms a key element of Sydney Water’s commitment to urban renewal and its Liveable Cities strategy.
“Together with the City, we are engaging with all key stakeholders and the community to deliver maximum benefits and minimal impact to what is an exciting development opportunity for the city.”
The City of Sydney’s Alexandra Canal flood study and floodplain risk management study and plan identified the need for a new trunk drain to manage stormwater in the area.
Sydney Water and the City are working together on the trunk drain project, with an agreement to split costs a 50/50 and complete works by 2020.
Construction of the drain is expected to begin by 2019 to ensure it is fully operational before private development and public infrastructure works take place.