Local Projects

Blakehurst Ward

Carss Bush Park’s Children’s Playground and Public Art

Works Start Date: July 2016
Works End Date: November 2016
Location: Carwar Avenue, Carss Park
Budget $650,000
Funding: Council funding with support from the NSW Office of Enviroment and Heritage

Carss Bush Park’s Children’s Playground has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment. As part of the process, three pieces of public art reflecting the local flora and fauna were incorporated into the new design:                         

  • A sculptural wall designed by Leanne Tobin in collaboration with Architectural Graphics Pty Ltd
  • The Powerful Owl sculpture by former Artist in Residence, Takis Kozokos
  • Stencil artworks created in collaboration between local Out Of School Hours Care children from Kogarah Community Services and artist Peter Strong. 


Carss Bush Park Channel Naturalisation

Works Start Date: TBC
Works End Date: June 2017
Location: Carwar Avenue, Carss Park
Budget TBC

The second stage of the naturalisation of the Carss Bush Park incorporates:

  • The extension of works which commenced in stage one of the project along the foreshore of Carss Bush Park playing fields.
  • The design and construction of a naturalised creek-line and environmentally friendly seawall between Beach Street and the western side of Carss Bush Park baths.

 The naturalised seawall will reintroduce saltmarsh, rocky intertidal, mudflat, mangroves and terrestrial habitats to a currently degraded ecosystem. The project will restore the natural environment of Kogarah Bay and enable park users to reconnect with Kogarah Bay.


Dover Park West Foreshore

Works Start Date: April 2017
Works End Date: June 2017
Location: Dover Park West, Blakehurst
Budget $250,000
Funding: Council funding Council and NSW Office of Enviroment and Heritage - Estuary Management Program Grant

Council is constructing an environmentally friendly seawall to reduce erosion on the steep sediment foreshore slope. This will be achieved by:

  • reducing the existing foreshore slope
  • installing a sandstone rip-rap treatment to increase foreshore strength while also increasing the variability of habitat on the existing, habitat poor foreshore.
  • revegetating the site with riparian species, mangroves and saltmarsh .

 Sections of the park and adjacent Blake Avenue, Blakehurst will be closed during this work.

Peakhurst Ward 

Upper Boggywell Creek Water Quality Improvement Scheme - Stage 1 (Diversion, GPT, Swale and Pond)

Works Start Date: June 2017
Works End Date: March 2018
Location: Gannons Park, Peakhurst
Budget: $950,000 (approximately)
Funding: Council with the support of the Metropolitan Greenspace Program, which is an initiative of the NSW Department of Planning/Greater Sydney Commission

Council has proposed to reinstate the creek line of Upper Boggywell Creek and its natural environment in Gannons Park, which is a large (35 hectare) regional park in Peakhurst.

As funding is incrementally secured, the project will be completed in several stages and involve extensive community consultation. Improvements to the ‘green grid’ of parklands in the Georges River area are a priority for both Council and for the Metropolitan Greenspace Program, which is an initiative of the NSW Department of Planning.

This project was identified as a priority by the former Hurstville City Council as part of its Community Strategic Plan 2021, and complements the works underway to the shared pathway which forms part of the Gannons Park Landscape Masterplan (2011).

The reinstatement of the Upper Boggywell Creek in Gannons Park will create a waterway, which will have many long-term benefits for the environment. It will help improve the quality of water flowing into the Georges River through the park and some of the water will be used to irrigate the sports fields in Upper Gannons Park. In addition, the project will provide opportunities for the community to learn about this sustainable initiative such as the creation of a waterway environment that includes bioretention, wetlands, creek lines and swales.


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