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Shrimptons Creek Precinct Activation

Council’s vision to link parklands and open spaces along the Shrimptons Creek Corridor was been given $5 million funding boost from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment Precinct Support Scheme.

The funding contributed towards enhancing the area for everyone that lives, visits and works in Macquarie Park and will include:

  • Improved public access between parks
  • Upgraded seating, signage and lighting
  • An amphitheatre and stage for community events
  • Fitness stations
  • Upgraded playground and park improvements in Elouera Reserve
  • New amenities building in Wilga Park
  • Improved water quality and natural vegetation along Shrimptons Creek
  • Upgraded shared user path between Waterloo Road and Wilga Park

 


The Shrimptons Creek Precinct Activation project has been broken down into three components:

Wilga ParkElouera Reserve - Shrimptons Creek Riparian Corridor

Wilga Park 

Wilga Park was upgraded into an event location with the aim to be a relaxing recreation space for everyone to enjoy and use. Completed in 2019, the upgrades include a terraced amphitheatre for public events or a place for visitors just to sit and relax on, a new amenities block, fitness equipment and free WiFi. Raised footpaths, upgrades to the existing shared pathway and new lighting was also installed to ensure all our users enjoy a safe and accessible walkway/cycleway.

Elouera Reserve

The new park opened in 2018 with a fresh and enlivened park design based on feedback receive from the public in 2016. The upgrades included a new playground, a flower inspired public art installation and a series of terraced grassed areas for picnics and recreational sport.

Elouera Reserve's lighting was also upgraded to improve pedestrian visibility and safety moving through the area.

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Shrimptons Creek Riparian Corridor

We will be looking at an integrated approach to help improve the health of Shrimptons Creek Corridor.

To improve the health of the creek we will be planting a number of native plants and regenerating existing areas to prevent further erosion. This work will involve selectively clearing areas of weeds to allow the natural plants to recover.

The re-vegetation works will continue throughout 2017 and 2018. Council's bush regeneration contractor will then manage the site. 

All three in creek stabilisation and water quality improvement control structures have been completed. These structures will improve the creek’s health in this area of Shrimptons creek by assisting to create increased oxygen flow for aquatic life. Councils contractor has now commenced clearing the weed species on the top of the embankment of Wilga Park side of the creek.

The lower sections closest to the creek have intentionally been left by Council to be retained during this project to ensure that critical habitat, corridor connection through Shrimptons creek and food sources necessary for our small native birds will remain whilst the section of the creek is undergoing rehabilitation and restoration.

The next step for these newly cleared areas will be followed up weed management which will involve regeneration monitoring for weed seeds that will germinate over the coming months. This will be followed by intensive weed control and replanting with locally significant species to Shrimptons creek.
 

 


More Information

Should you require further information about this project email cityofryde@ryde.nsw.gov.au and clearly mark 'Shrimptons Creek Precinct Activation' in the title, or call Council on 9952 8222.

Last updated on 3 February 2020