Flood, Flow, Feel

How can green infrastructure reveal the story of the water system at White Bay that benefits human well-being while accommodating massive future pedestrian flows? As local population densities increase, water-sensitive urban design initiatives can positively impact communities and their surroundings. In order to create a sustainable water-sensitive community in the Bays Precinct, traditional water management approaches need to be social-technical change, which will increase the importance of community engagement and education. The project aims to create a continuous and vibrant public space that combines urban communities with the natural environment. Through water-sensitive interventions, address the site's coastal habitat, stormwater and flooding issues. Integrate resilient design with site conditions to prevent the impacts of sea-level rise and storm surge, promote sustainable development, environmental restoration, enhance site biodiversity, and achieve coexistence between human and natural water. Key principles guiding design include activating the story of Baywater and Stormwater within site. Baywater activation is achieved by creating recreation for communities and visitors, preventing the influence of sea-level rise and water pollution from White Bay, and restoring habitat for native creatures. Stormwater activation is realized by making stormwater visible to improve awareness and knowledge of WSUD, establish stormwater recycling system, meet site water needs, and enhance the site vegetation density and biodiversity.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.