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Residents can now wander around Waterworth Park, following the completion of an 730 metre nature path and scenic viewing platform, by the City of Canterbury Bankstown.
Mayor Khal Asfour said Waterworth Park is one of 588 parks and reserves Council maintains.
“This has been a major undertaking and therefore a long time in the making,” he said.
“This $620,000 project also included the restoration of the native riparian habitat of the park, which runs along the Cooks River and Wolli Creek.
“Much of Waterworth Park’s habitat is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community. By creating wetlands and salt marshes, we have enabled increased natural filtration that improves the overall health of the river.
“We have also revitalised the banks of where Cooks River and Wolli Creek meet in Waterworth Park, and provided a better connection with walking trails to Bardwell Valley and Wolli Creek.”
Over the past six months, more than 7,500 Indigenous seedlings have been planted as well as 1,700 Indigenous salt marsh plants, with the help of Mudcrabs, Cooks River Valley Association, Wolli Creek Preservation Society and Muslim Aid Australia volunteers.
“This was a great community effort and I would like to thank the dozens of volunteers who helped us with planting over the past few months,” Mayor Asfour said.
“This will help create a habitat for local water birds to nest and feed, and reduce erosion of the river bank.
“As a result, Waterworth Park is now a real destination for residents and visitors, especially for family and friends looking to get together on a weekend.”
The project was part funded by the State and Federal governments.
In 2018-19, Council is investing $8.1 million on parks and sporting fields, which includes the Waterworth Park project. Information on other projects scheduled to be delivered, visit cb.city/councilprojects
12/02/2019 12:05 PM