Council awarded over $500,000 through the NSW Metropolitan Greenspace Program

10/07/2017

Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said Council has been awarded $562,000 through the 2017 NSW Metropolitan Greenspace Program – the largest single grant awarded through the Program.

Mr Rayner explained the funding, which was announced by the Minister for Planning, the Honourable Anthony Roberts MP, will go towards Stage 2 of Council’s Gannons Park Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Harvesting Scheme.

“Stage 2, which is scheduled to commence in 2018, will consist of constructing wetlands, bio-retention systems and storage ponds within Gannons Park,” Mr Rayner said.

“The completion of these works will be integral to treating and improving the quality of storm water that flows from the park’s water lines into the Georges River.”

“Installing this new network of wetlands, creek lines and swales will introduce a major new natural asset, which will form a new ‘green spine’ for the park that will provide linkages to the Georges River foreshore.”
 
“I would like to thank Minister Roberts for awarding the funding. Council is committed to maintaining and improving the local environment through a number of projects, including Gannons Park Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Harvesting Scheme,” he said.
 
Mr Rayner explained Council will be commencing Stage 1 of the project later this year.

“As part of Stage 1, Council is looking to reinstate the creek line and natural environment of Upper Boggywell Creek in Gannons Park,” he said.

“Stage 1 will also include the installation of a stormwater diversion, gross pollutant trap and reinstatement of a rocky creek line,” he said.
 
“There will also be the construction of additional pathways throughout the park and the construction of a pond, which will be a water feature.”
 
Georges River Council was one of 14 Councils across Greater Sydney and the Central Coast awarded funding through the Program, where a total of $4 million was available to fund a total of 19 projects.
 
For more information on the Gannons Park Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Harvesting Scheme, please contact Council on 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 
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