Bennett Brook (Australia)

Bennett Brook is a stream which runs from Whiteman Park to the Swan River in Western Australia.

Bennett Brook
StateWestern Australia
Physical characteristics
SourceGnangara Mound, Stormwater from surrounding urban area
 • locationWhiteman Park
 • coordinates31°49′05″S 115°55′08″E / 31.818°S 115.919°E / -31.818; 115.919
MouthSwan River
 • location
Border of Eden Hill and Caversham
 • coordinates
31°53′38″S 115°57′36″E / 31.894°S 115.960°E / -31.894; 115.960
Length13 kilometres (8.1 mi)
Basin size217 square kilometres (84 sq mi)
 • average5.1 gigalitres


Bennett Brook's catchment area covers 217 square kilometres (84 sq mi). Approximately half of the catchment area is covered by Whiteman Park and the Gnangara Pine Plantation. The rest of the catchment is urbanised, covering the suburbs of Ballajura, Beechboro, Bennett Springs, Kiara, Lockridge, Malaga, Morley and Noranda. The tributaries to the west are highly modified and partially underground. The tributaries to the north are mostly natural.[1][2]

Upstream areas only flow between August and November. Groundwater pumping from the Gnangara Mound has made the flow lower than the natural flow. Downstream areas flow year round. Urbanisation has made the flow downstream higher than the natural flow, due to higher surface runoff from roads and houses.[1][2]


In the late 1930s the local authority, the Swan Road Board considered a bridge to cross the brook.[3] In the 1980s, the status of the area relative to indigenous concerns and environmental concerns made bridge making and other activity more restricted.[4]


Animals found in and around Bennett Brook include:


Bennett Brook is named after Matilda Bennett, the wife of John Septimus Roe.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Bennett Brook 2011" (PDF). Department of Parks and Wildlife. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "LWQIP Bennett Brook" (PDF). Department of Water. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  3. ^ "BENNETT'S BROOK BRIDGE". The West Australian. XLIX (9, 562). Western Australia. 18 February 1933. p. 12. Retrieved 1 August 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Western Australia. Metropolitan Region Planning Authority (1985), Planning control area No. 5 : Bennett Brook, Metropolitan Region Planning Authority, retrieved 1 August 2020
  5. ^ a b c d e "Bennett Brook". Whiteman Park. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  6. ^ New suburb of Bennett Springs Archived 15 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine – City of Swan Media Release. Published 29 April 2011.