A submission put together by members of the Marine Studies Institute, School of Geosciences was competitively selected from more than 200 “Great Ideas” submitted from around the world to inform the Urban Growth NSW Transformation plan for the multibillion dollar urban redevelopment of the 3 Bays Sydney Harbour precinct.
The idea, “Marine ecological restoration through urban development” was to make use of hydrodynamic and ecosystem models of the harbour developed as part of the Sydney Harbour Observatory to identify the greatest risks to water quality in the 3 bays and evaluate the most effective ways to improve the water quality and increase marine biodiversity in the bays, by incorporating novel water quality improvement aspects in the design and concept phase, such as artificial wetlands, underground storm water filtration units, increased flushing, or in situ sediment remediation.
In addition, the transformation plan itself has also now been released, and ideas from our submission feature heavily throughout the plan, including as one of the 7 guiding principles.
The team included, Professors Ian S.F. Jones, Gavin Birch, and Phil Mulhearn, as well as PhD candidates, Daniel Harrison and Edwina Tanner.