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New in-river seawall at Bennelong Park

Published on 03 January 2020

A new in-river seawall has been constructed at Putney's Bennelong Park as part of efforts to improve access to the Parramatta River.

The in-river sea wall (also known as a groyne) will minimise erosion of the beach area at Bennelong Park as well as reduce exposure of underlying bedrock and protect existing mangroves.

In addition, the in-river sea wall will provide easier launching opportunities for sailing vessels including for members of the Concord and Ryde Sailing Club, which is based at Bennelong Park.

The in-river sea wall was a joint project undertaken by the NSW Government, the City of Ryde and the Concord and Ryde Sailing Club.

Outcomes of this project deliver on Council’s commitment under both the Greater Sydney Commission’s North District Plan and the Parramatta River Catchment Group’s Masterplan for foreshore activation and accessibility.

Council facilitated the project to deliver the design of the in-river sea wall while the NSW Government provided $530,000 in funding under its NSW Boating Now Program to install the structure. 

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said the foreshore improvements at Bennelong Park were another example of how Council was making the Parramatta River more accessible for everyone. 

"This structure will buffer sand movement and RiverCat wash to protect the beach at Bennelong Park. A safe beach means easy access to the river for canoes, inflatables and paddle-boards and of course sailing boats," Clr Laxale said.

"A big thank you to the Member for Lane Cove, the Hon. Anthony Roberts, and the NSW Government for working with the City of Ryde and the Concord and Ryde Sailing Club to deliver a much needed groyne for our community."

Mr Roberts said the NSW Government was delighted to give back the beach area to the local community and visitors so they can safely enjoy their time on the water.

"The NSW Government and Transport for NSW worked closely with the City of Ryde and the Concord and Ryde Sailing Club to determine the best solution for restoring safe access and minimising future erosion of the beach and the improvements at Bennelong Park are a result of this close collaboration," Mr Roberts said.

Last updated on 6 January 2020