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Residents will soon be able to go on a bit of a walk on the wild side at Waterworth Park, following the construction of an 850 metre nature path.
The City of Canterbury Bankstown has received almost $350,000 in Federal and State Government grants, to restore the native riparian habitat of the park, which runs along the Cooks River.
Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the former Canterbury Council had been trying to secure grant funding for a number of years.
"The project is part of the Wolli Creek Riparian Management Plan to connect and restore the banks of where Cooks River and Wolli Creek meet in Waterworth Park," Mayor Asfour said.
"There are many passionate advocates, including the Cooks River Mudcrabs, the Cooks River Alliance and myself, who are happy to see the plan finally come into fruition."
Mayor Asfour said much of the park’s habitat has been listed as an Endangered Ecological Community.
"Bank restoration is an important process in bringing life back to our rivers," Mayor Asfour said.
"Restoring the banks allows natural filtration processes to occur, by creating wetlands and salt marshes, improving the overall health of the river.
"The banks of the Cooks River was once an area covered by wetlands, acting as natural water filters. This project will be able to re-establish this filtration process and in turn, create habitat for local water birds to nest and feed.
"It also reduces erosion of the river bank and allows the community to connect the Cooks River, as well as the trails connecting to Bardwell Valley and Wolli Creek."
Waterworth Park is one of 588 parks and reserves Council maintains. In 2017-18, Council delivered 47 park and sporting field improvement projects at the cost of more than $11 million.
For more information about upcoming works and projects, visit cb.city/councilprojects
19/06/2018 10:42 AM