In recent years Council has constructed a number of river foreshore habitat enhancement projects, with the latest project taking place at the Carss Park Flats Seawall. This project, with grant funding assistance from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, focuses on the design and construction of an environmentally friendly seawall adjacent to the playing fields at Carss Bush Park.
The 230m long seawall project has been designed to restore and manage the natural ecology of Kogarah Bay. The naturalised seawall reintroduces saltmarsh and the rocky intertidal and mudflat habitats replace a degraded ecosystem.The seawall enhancement yields benefits to intertidal organisms and helps to restore the urban waterway, resulting in increased aquatic habitats, improved aesthetics and enhanced social, educational and cultural opportunities around Kogarah Bay.
The concept design for the Carss Park seawall re-introduces intertidal habitat to the foreshore while also reconnecting park users to Kogarah Bay through the formalisation of the existing popular walking track. This project was completed in early 2016, and further stages to the project are underway.
Georges River Council recently completed the second stage of works for the Beverley Park Golf Course channel naturalisation project. The project was identified in the Beverley Park Golf Course Plan of Management 2006 and the Beverley Park Overland Flow Risk Management Study and Plan 2007. Council completed Stage One works in July 2012. This work included construction of the inlet and outlet structures within the golf course and construction of an underground culvert connecting the channel with the golf course at Moore Park.
Council received subsequent grant funding to undertake Stage Two works within the Golf course, including the construction of a naturalised creek. This creek channel was designed to improve the golf course layout and incorporates two wetland ponds. The design meets the combined objectives of water quality improvement, flood mitigation, habitat creation and improved aesthetics. A number of trees were removed to allow the channel to be constructed and suitable replacement native tree species were identified in the design and have been planted as part of the project. A total of 133 new trees have been planted on the site along with over 8,000 native tube stock to the new creek and wetlands.
The project reached practical completion in June 2016. The new course layout is now ready for play as plantings and greens are fully established. The total project value was $1.35 million, including a $900,000 grant from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. It was supported by the NSW Government’s Floodplain Risk Management Grants Scheme.