By Daniela Stott
Richmond Dairies has proposed to develop Richmond Dairies Water Park on a 26 hectare parcel of land abounding its milk processing factory in Casino, NSW. Ecoteam was approached by Richmond Dairies to produce a Feasibility/Concept Report comprising a constructed and rehabilitated wetland system to treat and reuse wastewater from the dairy to create the proposed Water Park. I was involved in the project through my University internship with Ecoteam. My main contribution was to undertake baseline environmental monitoring surveys at the Water Park to produce preliminary information on fauna, flora, soil and water quality.
The existing area already provides valuable habitat for a wide range of fauna and flora, including the threatened magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata). Reusing treated wastewater on the Water Park will provide a more consistent water supply, which will enhance and support existing natural wetland ecosystems, and maintain constructed mudflat wetlands. The Water Park is expected to produce significant ecological, social and aesthetic benefits to the area, and provide an excellent opportunity for school groups, bird watchers and the local community to gather for educational and recreational activities.