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Council's stormwater system

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Council's stormwater system

Council manages the majority of the public stormwater system in the local area. The public stormwater system is located in road reserves, parks, drainage reserves, drainage easements and sometimes on private property without easements. The public drainage system includes pits, pipes, channels and kerb and gutter.

Council is responsible for stormwater within its boundaries, with the exception of state roads and the rail corridor. State roads include Parramatta Road, Princes Highway and King Street, Canal Road, New Canterbury Road and Stanmore Road, Old Canterbury Road, Sydenham Road and sections of other roads including Enmore Road, Livingstone Road and Railway Terrace. Enquiries relating to stormwater on these roads should be directed to NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

Some large culverts and channels in the area are also owned and managed by Sydney Water.

What information does Council have?

Council is progressively verifying the location, size and condition of all stormwater assets within the local government area.

Council maintains records of its stormwater assets which can be provided on request when required but does not maintain records of private stormwater systems.

Where does Council's stormwater system discharge to?

The former Marrickville local government area straddles two main catchments: The Cooks River Catchment and the Port Jackson Catchment.

Around 75% of this area discharges to the Cooks River, with the remaining 25% discharging through the former Leichhardt local government area to Port Jackson. Generally, stormwater south of New Canterbury Road and Enmore Road flows to the Cooks River, while stormwater north of New Canterbury Road and Enmore Road flows to Port Jackson.

System maintenance

Council maintains the public stormwater system. Typically pits are cleaned twice per year. Pits which are known to block, such as those in areas with large amounts of trees, are cleaned once per fortnight. Other infrastructure, such as pipes and channels, are inspected periodically and cleaned as required.

Blocked pits can be reported to Council using this online form.

Flooding

Council manages flooding in line with the approach set out in the NSW Government's Floodplain Development Manual. The main aim of this approach is to reduce the impact of flooding and flood liability on owners and occupiers of flood prone property and to reduce private and public losses resulting from floods.

Council periodically undertakes flood studies to identify flooding problems and options to mitigate these problems. Options are listed on Council's Future Drainage Capital Works List and undertaken on a priority basis as funding allows. Due to the limited funding available for stormwater, large mitigation projects are typically not viable without State Government assistance.

Council encourages residents and businesses to report instances of flooding to help Council better understand the nature of flooding throughout the local government area. Flooding can be reported to the Council's Customer Service Centre on 9335 2222 who will advise an appropriate Council officer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Council have records of stormwater on my property?

Council maintains records of its stormwater assets which can be provided on request when required but does not maintain records of private stormwater systems.

My street floods every time it rains. What can I do?

Council encourages residents and businesses to report instances of flooding to help Council better understand the nature of flooding throughout the local government area. Flooding can be reported to the Council's Customer Service Centre on 9335 2222 who will advise an appropriate Council officer.

Council's undertakes drainage upgrades on a priority basis as funding allows.

I have blocked pits in my street. What should I do?

Blocked pits can be reported to Council using this online form.

Citizens should not attempt to clean blocked pits themselves as this can be hazardous and result in personal injury.

How can I have a say on flooding and stormwater in the Marrickville local government area?

Council manages flooding in line with the approach set out in the NSW Government's Floodplain Development Manual. As part of this approach, a Floodplain Risk Management Committee is established to guide the process which includes several Community Representatives. Formal representations on flooding can be made to the committee when it meets.

More information on the committee can be found in the Structure and Responsibilities of Council and Committee Meetings document on Council's website.

You may also wish to join a sub-catchment working group. More information on subcatchment working groups are available on Council's website.

Alternatively, informal suggestions about stormwater can be reported to the Council's Customer Service Centre on 9335 2222 who will advise an appropriate Council officer of the suggestion.

More Information

This is one of three pages providing information on stormwater management for residents and businesses in the former Marrickville local government area. The three pages are:

If your queries about stormwater are not answered by these pages, please call Council's Customer Service Centre on 9335 2222, who will provide advice on the problem or refer the issue to an appropriate Council officer.