Scouller Street Rain Garden





Council is proposing to build a rain garden in Scouller Street, Marrickville at the intersection with Juliett Street. The proposed works will:

widen the footpaths and narrow the road, to create a rain garden that will filter stormwater so that it is clean before it flows to the Cooks River

create a safer environment for pedestrians by slowing traffic and reducing the crossing distance

create more permeable surfaces to reduce runoff and increase the amount of greening for habitat and biodiversity in the area

To accommodate the rain garden, the proposed works will result in the loss of two car parking spaces in Scouller Street. Download the plan here.


Have your say on the plan

Council is asking surrounding residents and property owners to have their say about the improvements and will consider all comments received before making the final decision on the design.

Should you will to provide any comments regarding the proposal, please do so by Friday 28 November 2014 at 5.00pm using the submission form below.


Up to this point we have...

  • surveyed residents and property owners to find out what they think about the area and how it can be improved

  • held the first site meeting with residents (July 2014)

  • held a Council internal design meeting to ensure that we have the best technical solutions incorporated into the design (October 2014)

  • held a site meeting with residents to discuss the design for the laneway (October 2014)

  • provided information through on this site.





Council is proposing to build a rain garden in Scouller Street, Marrickville at the intersection with Juliett Street. The proposed works will:

widen the footpaths and narrow the road, to create a rain garden that will filter stormwater so that it is clean before it flows to the Cooks River

create a safer environment for pedestrians by slowing traffic and reducing the crossing distance

create more permeable surfaces to reduce runoff and increase the amount of greening for habitat and biodiversity in the area

To accommodate the rain garden, the proposed works will result in the loss of two car parking spaces in Scouller Street. Download the plan here.


Have your say on the plan

Council is asking surrounding residents and property owners to have their say about the improvements and will consider all comments received before making the final decision on the design.

Should you will to provide any comments regarding the proposal, please do so by Friday 28 November 2014 at 5.00pm using the submission form below.


Up to this point we have...

  • surveyed residents and property owners to find out what they think about the area and how it can be improved

  • held the first site meeting with residents (July 2014)

  • held a Council internal design meeting to ensure that we have the best technical solutions incorporated into the design (October 2014)

  • held a site meeting with residents to discuss the design for the laneway (October 2014)

  • provided information through on this site.



  • Community Planting Day - POSTPONED TO Saturday 25 July at 9am

    over 4 years ago

    Due to the rainy forecast and very wet ground the planting day will now be on SATURDAY 25 JULY AT 9AM.

    Come along and help plant out the gardens on Saturday 25 July at 9am. All materials and equipment provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Morning tea provided!

    Due to the rainy forecast and very wet ground the planting day will now be on SATURDAY 25 JULY AT 9AM.

    Come along and help plant out the gardens on Saturday 25 July at 9am. All materials and equipment provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Morning tea provided!

  • Works are underway

    over 4 years ago

    Glenn Simpson and his team are well underway with the construction of the rain gardens in Scouller Street and everything is looking great - if a little wet!

    Rain has slowed things down a little but the works are due for completion around 3rd July.

    The community planting day will be in late July. Date to be confirmed soon.


    Glenn Simpson and his team are well underway with the construction of the rain gardens in Scouller Street and everything is looking great - if a little wet!

    Rain has slowed things down a little but the works are due for completion around 3rd July.

    The community planting day will be in late July. Date to be confirmed soon.


  • Works commencing 20 May 2015!

    over 4 years ago

    Construction of the Scouller Street rain gardens is due to start on 20 May 2015 and will be completed by July (weather permitting).

    During the construction period sections of the roadway will be closed to traffic. There will be a traffic control plan in place to ensure access for local residents continues throughout the construction period.

    Important: For safety reasons Council is requesting all residents not to park on the road next to or near any of the works in progress during the construction period.

    The construction is being done by Glenn Simpson Landscapes and Mr Glenn Simpson is the...

    Construction of the Scouller Street rain gardens is due to start on 20 May 2015 and will be completed by July (weather permitting).

    During the construction period sections of the roadway will be closed to traffic. There will be a traffic control plan in place to ensure access for local residents continues throughout the construction period.

    Important: For safety reasons Council is requesting all residents not to park on the road next to or near any of the works in progress during the construction period.

    The construction is being done by Glenn Simpson Landscapes and Mr Glenn Simpson is the Project Supervisor. Please contact him first on 9501 3044 or 0401 224 520 with any enquiries you have about the project.

    If you have further enquiries, please contact William Truong (Marrickville Council) during normal business hours on 8595 2412 or Claire Hanley (Marrickville Council) on 9335 2062 or water@marrickville.nsw.gov.au


  • Rain Garden update - March 2015

    over 4 years ago

    Good news! The detailed designs are now complete and we will be asking for quotes for construction very soon. So we are still on track to construct the rain gardens around May/June this year.

    We will keep you posted with progress, but if you have any questions please call Claire Hanley on 9335 2062.


    Good news! The detailed designs are now complete and we will be asking for quotes for construction very soon. So we are still on track to construct the rain gardens around May/June this year.

    We will keep you posted with progress, but if you have any questions please call Claire Hanley on 9335 2062.


  • Rain Garden Update - December 2014

    almost 5 years ago

    The design for the Scouller Street rain garden will go to Council's Pedestrian, Cyclist and Traffic Calming Committee December meeting for approval.  Their recommendations will then go to the next Infrastructure Planning and Environmental Services Committee meeting in February 2015 for final approval.

    Detailed designs will be completed by February and the rain garden is currently planned to be built in June 2015.

    If you require any more information about this project, please contact Council's Urban Water Engineer, Ryan Hawken, on 9335 2246.

    The design for the Scouller Street rain garden will go to Council's Pedestrian, Cyclist and Traffic Calming Committee December meeting for approval.  Their recommendations will then go to the next Infrastructure Planning and Environmental Services Committee meeting in February 2015 for final approval.

    Detailed designs will be completed by February and the rain garden is currently planned to be built in June 2015.

    If you require any more information about this project, please contact Council's Urban Water Engineer, Ryan Hawken, on 9335 2246.

  • Community Site Meeting

    almost 5 years ago
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    Thank you very much to everyone who came along to the site meeting on Thursday night (23 October).  Everyone agreed that Option 2 was the better choice of design for the rain garden as Option 1 would not address the problem of the cars speeding around the corner, and Option 3 would not be able to treat as much stormwater as option 2. 

    There will now be a period of public exhibition.  All residents and property owners will soon receive a copy of the proposed design with a letter outlining how to make comments or give feedback about the design.  All comments...

    Thank you very much to everyone who came along to the site meeting on Thursday night (23 October).  Everyone agreed that Option 2 was the better choice of design for the rain garden as Option 1 would not address the problem of the cars speeding around the corner, and Option 3 would not be able to treat as much stormwater as option 2. 

    There will now be a period of public exhibition.  All residents and property owners will soon receive a copy of the proposed design with a letter outlining how to make comments or give feedback about the design.  All comments will be considered and a report will then go to Council's Pedestrian, Cyclist and Traffic Calming Advisory Committee December 2014 meeting for approval.

    It is hoped that works will be undertaken before the end of June 2015.  There will be a community planting day once the rain garden has been built.  We will keep you posted.

    Thank you very much for all your support for this project.  The corner of Juliett and Scouller Street will look beautiful and the Cooks River will be a little bit cleaner!


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  • You're invited to the Community Design Meeting - 23 October, 6pm to 7pm

    almost 5 years ago
    Scouller community consultation draft plan v02 final

    Please come along to discuss design options for the rain garden.  It's your opportunity to see some different concept designs and comment on them.  This will help to make sure that the best option is chosen for your street. 

    The concept designs are shown below:

    If you would like a hard copy of the design options, please call Claire Hanley on 9335 2062.

    Please come along to discuss design options for the rain garden.  It's your opportunity to see some different concept designs and comment on them.  This will help to make sure that the best option is chosen for your street. 

    The concept designs are shown below:

    If you would like a hard copy of the design options, please call Claire Hanley on 9335 2062.

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  • Community Site Meeting - 5 July 2014

    over 5 years ago
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    About 15 local residents attended the successful Community Site Meeting on Saturday 5th July with Claire Hanley (Senior Environment Officer) from Marrickville Council, and Shefali Chakrabarty (Environmental Engineer) and Jasmine Payget (Community Engagement and Education Coordinator) from the Cooks River Alliance.  Issues identified through the survey were discussed including:

    • Speeding traffic (from Juliett into Scouller)
    • Dangerous crossing intersection when walking
    • Parking
    • Litter and rubbish
    • Blocked drains
    • Trees and vegetation
    • Flooding
    • Street lighting
    • Pavement condition
    • Overhead wires

    The rain garden will be designed to help solve some of these problems - especially reducing...


    About 15 local residents attended the successful Community Site Meeting on Saturday 5th July with Claire Hanley (Senior Environment Officer) from Marrickville Council, and Shefali Chakrabarty (Environmental Engineer) and Jasmine Payget (Community Engagement and Education Coordinator) from the Cooks River Alliance.  Issues identified through the survey were discussed including:

    • Speeding traffic (from Juliett into Scouller)
    • Dangerous crossing intersection when walking
    • Parking
    • Litter and rubbish
    • Blocked drains
    • Trees and vegetation
    • Flooding
    • Street lighting
    • Pavement condition
    • Overhead wires

    The rain garden will be designed to help solve some of these problems - especially reducing the speed of cars going around the corner, the flooding and blocked drains and will help to shorten the distance of the crossing making it safer for pedestrians.

    Draft designs for the rain garden will be available by the end of August.

    A second community meeting will be scheduled when the designs are completed so that they can be refined with input from  with residents and home owners. 

    Margret-Ann Withers from Juliett Street was the lucky resident who won the dinner for two at Linda's on King restaurant in Newtown.

    Thank you very much to everyone who completed the survey and attended the Community Site Meeting.


  • Planning for Scouller Street rain garden underway!

    about 4 years ago
    CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded

    Planning is underway for a rain garden to be built at the intersection of Scouller Street and Juliett Street in Enmore.  The rain garden - a garden that filters and cleans stormwater - will help to improve the quality of stormwater draining to the Cooks River as well as make the area look better, reduce the urban heat island effect, provide habitat for biodiversity and help manage traffic better at the intersection.

    Join us for a Community Site Meeting on Saturday 5 July 2014 at 10am.

    You can get involved by contacting Council's Senior Environment Officer, Claire Hanley, at water@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or...

    Planning is underway for a rain garden to be built at the intersection of Scouller Street and Juliett Street in Enmore.  The rain garden - a garden that filters and cleans stormwater - will help to improve the quality of stormwater draining to the Cooks River as well as make the area look better, reduce the urban heat island effect, provide habitat for biodiversity and help manage traffic better at the intersection.

    Join us for a Community Site Meeting on Saturday 5 July 2014 at 10am.

    You can get involved by contacting Council's Senior Environment Officer, Claire Hanley, at water@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or call 9335 2062.