Vision for a Major New Sydney Park

Published on 11 August 2015

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Mayor Ben Keneally today released the Botany Bay 2040 Directions Paper for the future of the City of Botany Bay. The centerpiece of the draft Vision is a major new park encompassing the Botany Wetlands.

“I am excited to release our Vision 2040 Directions Paper, the penultimate step in our project to set a 25 year vision for our City.  This document sets a clear vision for our City that reflects the values and aspirations of our community”, said Mr Keneally.

“The centre piece of our vision is a major new park based on the Botany Wetlands. This park would connect from Gardeners Rd all the way to Sir Joseph Banks Park on the shore of Botany Bay, following the course of the Botany Wetlands.

"The Botany Wetlands are of critical environmental and heritage significance, having been essential to both the original occupants of the area and the first European settlers.

"For the last 50 years they have been protected by being locked up inside golf courses and industrial estates. It's now time to unlock this hidden gem.

"With an increasing population and more apartment living, we need more wonderful open spaces like the Botany Wetlands to become accessible.

"Council will work with the NSW Government, Sydney Water, Centennial Parklands Trust and the Eastlakes Golf Club over the next 20 years to make this transition occur”, Mr Keneally said.

“Ultimately we believe it should become a significant addition to the Centennial Parklands as it follows the same hydrological flow path as the Centennial Ponds and boasts historical plantings from the era of when the Royal Botanical Gardens were established.”

The Botany Bay 2040 Directions Paper also sets out how the Botany Golf Course, a Council owned course on the shores of Botany Bay could be developed to provide more sporting fields to a wide variety of organised sport such as football, league, netball and rugby.

Mr Keneally said, “With growth in population coupled with growing participation in all types of organised sports – across all ages and genders - our sporting fields are at capacity. There is a genuine need for space in our City to cater for sports. This is a growing problem across Sydney. Our twenty-five year vision responds to this and more.

“The release of our Vision is further proof that the City of Botany Bay has the strategic capacity to develop the future needs of our residents without the need to amalgamate,” concluded Mr Keneally.