Johnstone Park Raingarden
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
We issued the following statement
in response to a series of questions from the Geelong Advertiser on the Johnstone Park Raingarden.
Brett Luxford - Director Investment and Attraction
The Johnstone Park Raingarden, led by the Revitalising Central Geelong
Partnership, is in the final stage of construction and is due to open to the
public by 31 January.
The Raingarden consists of a series of terraced ponds that filter
stormwater, removing nitrogen, oils and other pollutants that would otherwise
flow into Corio Bay. The filtered stormwater will be stored in a submerged
350,000-litre tank and used to irrigate Johnstone Park and surrounds.
The final stages of the Raingarden project involves the planting of
garden beds and turf sewing. Newly turfed areas will be fenced off to allow
roots to establish.
Significant rain events in September, November and December last year
caused delays to the completion of the Raingarden.
Once complete the Raingarden will provide a useful and unique attraction
in central Geelong’s premier green space.
In addition to the Raingarden, the City of Greater Geelong is upgrading
other elements in the park, specifically resurfacing walkways to provide
all-weather universal access, upgrading the irrigation system to distribute the
water collected by the Raingarden, installing new lighting to make the park
brighter at night and complement the CCTV network and strengthening and
resurfacing the forecourt to allow it to be used for community events and
These works will continue to occur in Johnstone Park over the next few
months but will not impede the use of the basin for the popular Nightjar
Festival events which return from Friday 2 February.
The City’s officers and contractors will complete the works as soon as
possible so the public back to enjoy all of Johnstone Park.