Member for Oatley Mark Coure MP has welcomed a NSW Liberals and Nationals funding commitment of $2 million for the final stage of the Gannons Park Water Quality Improvement and Stormwater Harvesting project, with Council to fund the remaining $1.5 million.
Mr Coure said that the project’s completion will go a long way to ensure the quality of water being discharged into the Georges River is significantly improved and the project vision is completed.
“Gannons Park is a much loved and highly utilised area for sporting activities and general recreation, which is why we had previously provided funding for the Stage 1 design for the reinstatement of Upper Boggywell Creek, in order to improve the quality of storm water run-off from the top of the park to the river system,” said Mr Coure.
“The final stage of the Gannons Park project will involve the installation of critical systems for water reuse that will assist with irrigation and result in significant water conservation outcomes. “It will be wonderful for the community to see these improvements that will link and reactivate the lower, lesser used areas of the park and hopefully increase its use,” Mr Coure said.
Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said it is an important investment in the amenity of community green space and the environment.
“The final stage of the project will involve the construction of stormwater water treatment systems including two wetlands, three bio retention system cells and connecting swales,” explained Mayor Greene.
“There will also be a large storage pond and extensions to the shared pathway and bike track, along with additional boardwalks over the wetlands and bio retention systems.
“The Greater Sydney Commission has also included the project in their Green Grid mapping and recognised it as a significant initiative that will deliver multiple environmental, recreational and social benefits.
“To receive additional funding to construct the final stage will significantly fast track the completion of the project, greatly benefiting the community,” added Mayor Greene.
The project has been identified in the Georges River Coastal Zone Management Plan developed in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and certified by the NSW Minister for the Environment in March 2015.
The Georges River is identified in this Coastal Zone Management Plan as a regionally significant and highly valued water way in the Sydney Metropolitan area.