Bannister Creek Living Stream and Urban Waterways Renewal

Lynn spent a very informative morning with Julie Robert, CEO of SERCUL – the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare, on 31 July 2012.

After discussing the work of SERCUL, Lynn was shown the progress at Bannister Creek, restoring the remaining lower sections of the creek to an attractive parkland and living stream, while maintaining stormwater conveyance from the surrounding urban and industrial catchment. This Living Stream project is part of their Urban Waterways Renewal work.

The reach of Bannister Creek identified for living stream restoration runs from Acacia Place weir in Lynwood to Hybanthus Road in Ferndale. This section of the creek offers the opportunity to install pollution treatment interventions in combination with river restoration techniques to improve water quality, parkland amenity and environmental values.

The previously constructed sections of the Bannister Creek living streams are now widely recognised as a valuable community asset. Preliminary analysis of the water quality data also indicates that as much as 22% of the total nitrogen and 29% of the total phosphorus are removed by the living stream.

Lynn also discussed asking questions in Parliament on waterways renewal and landcare, particularly to question the recent cessation of funding Water Quality Monitoring Programme, and the expected end of funding for SERCUL’s supervision of the Beckenham Regional Open Space.

Lynn with Julie Robert of SERCUL, and Dinny Laurence, research officer for Lynn, looking at mitigating the latest stormwater problems.


Lynn, Julie and Dinny seeing the restoration efforts both along and within the creek.


Landcare takes place in all sorts of weather conditions.


SERCUL was formed in 2003 as an independent Natural Resource Management body in Perth, Western Australia, SERCUL brings together the community, business and government to develop and implement projects that improve the health of our waterways and other ecosystems.

One of five sub-regional bodies, the area SERCUL covers takes in Dyarguu (the Canning River), the Southern Wungong River and their tributaries and parts of Derbarl Yaragan (the Swan River).