Hand off our heritage Drummoyne water tower site

09 February 2018 | Council

City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas is lobbying Sydney Water to save the heritage listed water reservoir in Drummoyne for community use.

“I have received disturbing news that Sydney Water is proposing to sell the Drummoyne Reservoir located at Rawson Avenue Drummoyne via the open market,” said Mayor Tsirekas.

“In my view, the sale of the site on the open market could lead to a number of undesirable consequences including that the heritage reservoir could be demolished and worst case scenario, replaced by high density residential development.

“I propose that Sydney Water restore and decontaminate the site and then dedicate it to Council to be used for public recreation and suitable adaptive reuse of the heritage structure.”  

There are two primary schools and limited recreational space within the vicinity of the reservoir.   

The Drummoyne reservoir and tower is a significant Sydney landmark as it is the only reservoir in Sydney with its tower surviving. It is listed both on the State Heritage Inventory and in the NSW State Heritage Register.  

Built in 1913 by the Metropolitan Board of water supply and sewerage, the reservoir supplied water to the locality until 1965 and was disconnected from the system in 1994.  

The reservoir is an important part of City of Canada Bay’s community heritage, with Sir Thomas Henley, the “father of modern Drummoyne”, playing an instrumental role in the construction of the reservoir and ornamental tower.  

Council has resolved to seek support from the Member for Drummoyne Mr John Sidoti MP, the Minister for Heritage, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, and the Minister for Energy and Utilities, the Hon. Don Harwin MP to retain the reservoir as a public asset.   

A petition to save Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower will be available to sign at Council’s Drummoyne Civic Centre, our libraries in Five Dock and Concord and at Drummoyne Pool. Alternatively, you can download and print a copy here.

* Note: The Drummoyne Reservoir is listed as item 01625 in the NSW State Heritage Register and on the Sydney Water s170 register as number 4573703.

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