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Minister for International Development and the Pacific opens Butler Reserve Raingarden and Nature Playground
The Butler Reserve Raingarden and Nature Playground, Kingsgrove, is now officially open to members of the community. Today (1 August 2017), the new Raingarden and Nature Playground was opened by the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Honourable Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner. The construction of the new Butler Reserve Raingarden and Nature Playground was made possible thanks to funding provided by the Australian Government and the Cooks River Alliance, Mr Rayner explained. andldquo;Council is committed to improving its parks, reserves and the environment. The 2017-2018 Budget includes $5.5 million for environmental projects plus a study which will give direction to enhance the Georges River tree canopy.andrdquo; andldquo;As part of this project, works involved the construction of a 185-metre-square bio-retention system to filter and treat stormwater which drains into Wolli Creek.andrdquo; andldquo;The raingarden, which is an example of best practice Water Sensitive Urban Design, will remove approximately 49 per cent of nitrogen, 52 per cent of the total phosphorous and 82 per cent of the total suspended solids from the water.andrdquo; andquot;Also included in the works were significant improvements to the amenities of the reserve and the integration of a nature-based playground.andrdquo; andldquo;In addition to this, new solar lighting, seating and shade trees have been installed along with over 20 mature trees and more than 4,600 smaller plants and shrubs throughout the playground,andrdquo; he added. Mr Rayner thanked the Australian Government and the Cooks River Alliance for supporting the project. andldquo;A total of $290,000 was put towards the construction of the raingarden and integrated nature playground was jointly funded by Council which provided $130,000, the Cooks River Alliance which provided $45,000 and the Australian Government which provided $115,000,andrdquo; he said. andldquo;Council appreciates the Australian Government and Cooks River Allianceandrsquo;s contributions to this project, which will deliver numerous benefits to the local community and the environment. If you require any further information please contact Council on 9330 6400.