Sydney Park Water Re-use Project

Turf Design Studio


Located in inner-city Sydney, Australia, 4 kilometres from the CBD, the Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project has transformed a post-industrial wasteland into vital green infrastructure for a rapidly expanding major city.

The project innovatively fuses design, art, science and ecology to create a dynamic city parkland, integrating landfill remediation, recreation, enhanced biodiversity, and civil infrastructure, with advanced urban water re-use systems.

The project:
- Is the City of Sydney’s largest stormwater harvesting and re-use facility
- Harvests 850 million litres of stormwater annually
- Is designed to reduce the City of Sydney’s potable water demand by 10% before 2030
- Revitalises 40 hectares of former landfill site into wetlands, playgrounds, wildlife habitat, and recreational areas.

As Sydney’s inner-city population and industry continue to expand, the
City of Sydney was faced with an increasingly universal challenge: how to increase and improve green amenity and biodiversity in a densifying built environment. Comprising 44 hectares, Sydney Park covers more than 10 per cent of the coveted inner-city suburb of Alexandria. A former brickworks, then landfill site, the park acts as a partial buffer between industry and encroaching residential development.

Built in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan, the project is integral to Sustainable Sydney 2030; which aims to meet 10 per cent of the city’s water demand through local water capture and reuse. 

The project has successfully reduced drinkable water use, through the capacity to capture and clean the equivalent of 340 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water per year. The park’s flora and fauna are flourishing, with improved recreation options, visual appeal and enhanced biodiversity increasing the park’s value. A landmark test-case for the large-scale future-proo ng of our urban landscapes, the project demonstrates the potential of sustainable water use.

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