Riverstone's floating wetlands an Aussie first
DRIVING past Riverstone Rise, you'd be forgiven for not recognising the state-of-the-art technology lurking in the water.
Tannum Sands State High School students were treated to a unique experience on Thursday, exploring the floating wetlands and freshwater habitats.
The technology employed at the residential development is an Australian first.
Project director Grant Botica said the excursion was a unique opportunity for students to see urban planning in action.
"The floating wetlands provide a biological filtration system that efficiently and effectively removes nutrients and other pollutants from water bodies," he said.
"It's an innovative, natural solution to an issue that concerns developers and town planners around the world."
The floating wetlands help prevent erosion, remove algae, provide habitats for aquatic animals and serve as a natural water filtration system.
Engineers from the master planners of the development, Coveys, explained to students how environment, sustainability and urban planning have converged.
Chris Walker and Chris Camp said the project defied expectations.
"This is the first of it's kind in Australia, so we are very much observing the development of the wetlands and are constantly surprised," Mr Walker said.
"The plants have reached full maturity in just five months, a lot sooner than we had expected."
The floating wetland filtration system also seeks to protect downstream habitats, relying upon the microbes living on the roots to remove pollution from the water.