City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas today announces endorsement of Parramatta River Catchment Group’s Parramatta River Masterplan.
“The masterplan includes 10 recommendations, two of which are of special interest to our community: maintaining, improving and promoting current Parramatta River swim sites, including Cabarita Park Beach and Chiswick Baths, as well as establishing three new river activation sites by 2025 which include McIlwaine Park at Brays Bay, Rhodes East and Bayview Park, Concord.”
The Brays Bay site has already attracted $5 million funding from the Precinct Support Scheme to see an upgrade to the foreshore of McIlwaine Park and construction of a jetty to achieve river activation with water craft activities. Bayview Park will soon be home to a new swim area with a netted enclosure.
“We are committed to protecting and enhancing our rivers, open spaces and foreshores, making them more accessible for residents and visitors to the area. The River Activation and Foreshore Upgrade project at McIlwaine Park and Brays Bay will improve the already picturesque foreshore in Rhodes East,” Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.
McIlwaine Park upgrades will provide an accessible pathway along the foreshore, including installation of new lighting and seats. Landscaping upgrades within 15-20 metres of the foreshore will be a major part of the project, including an array of native plants.
Along the river, a section of seawall will be converted into viewing steps, leading from the land into the water. A new jetty will be constructed to make it easier for the community to access water activities such as kayaking, rowing and stand-up paddle boarding.
The River Activation and Foreshore Upgrade project will promote and provide additional regional links for active transport via the new pathway along the foreshore and encourage recreational activities in the area.
The draft Parramatta River Masterplan was on public exhibition from 18 October until 29 November 2018. During the six week exhibition period, 195 community surveys and 8 formal submissions were lodged.