Alexandra Canal Asset Masterplan

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Figure 1. Recently rehabilitated section of the Alexandra Canal Embankment


Sydney Water is working to produce an asset plan that will be used to guide restoration, protection and renewal of Alexandra Canal embankments.

The Alexandra Canal is 4km in length and runs from Alexandria, past Sydney Airport and down to the Cooks River.

Much of the canal embankment is made from heritage sandstone blocks. Whilst there are areas where the canal walls are in quite good condition, there are also areas in need of renewal or repair. Sydney Water is developing a plan to identify areas of the canal that require restoration or repair. Whilst this plan will guide the upkeep of the canal, there is no funding allocated to repairs at this time.


What will this plan involve?

In order to develop this plan, Sydney Water will be doing site investigations of the area, detailed site inspections and environmental and ecological assessments. Sydney Water will also be speaking to local Councils and other interested stakeholder to ensure the plan incorporates the vision for the wiser area.

Figure 2. Photo of the canal taken on study area boat inspection


These investigations will help to identify and prioritise the areas of canal embankment most in need of work.

The repair methods that come from this plan will give special consideration to the heritage sandstone walls, as well as things such as ecology and the recreational use of the waterway and wider area. Whilst this plan will be used to guide the upkeep of the canal, any repairs and restoration are subject to future funding approvals.

Figure 1. Recently rehabilitated section of the Alexandra Canal Embankment


Sydney Water is working to produce an asset plan that will be used to guide restoration, protection and renewal of Alexandra Canal embankments.

The Alexandra Canal is 4km in length and runs from Alexandria, past Sydney Airport and down to the Cooks River.

Much of the canal embankment is made from heritage sandstone blocks. Whilst there are areas where the canal walls are in quite good condition, there are also areas in need of renewal or repair. Sydney Water is developing a plan to identify areas of the canal that require restoration or repair. Whilst this plan will guide the upkeep of the canal, there is no funding allocated to repairs at this time.


What will this plan involve?

In order to develop this plan, Sydney Water will be doing site investigations of the area, detailed site inspections and environmental and ecological assessments. Sydney Water will also be speaking to local Councils and other interested stakeholder to ensure the plan incorporates the vision for the wiser area.

Figure 2. Photo of the canal taken on study area boat inspection


These investigations will help to identify and prioritise the areas of canal embankment most in need of work.

The repair methods that come from this plan will give special consideration to the heritage sandstone walls, as well as things such as ecology and the recreational use of the waterway and wider area. Whilst this plan will be used to guide the upkeep of the canal, any repairs and restoration are subject to future funding approvals.

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    Rewilding our city

    by Nicole C, 5 months ago

    The area that drains now into the Alexandra Canal was once a bio-diverse and ecologically essential network of swamps, creeks and rivers. There were grasslands and pockets of turpentine and ironbark forests, and the area was used by the local Wangal and Cagigal people as hunting and fishing grounds.

    I also imagine how significant and joyful it would be if the Alexandra Canal could be restored in part to a healthy, biodiverse waterway that allows reflection and contemplation of water as our life source. A place to be enjoyed on foot and bicycle, that reconnects users with nature, with the... Continue reading

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    Connections and place

    by Yvonne, 7 months ago

    Alexandra Canal is a peaceful significant place in the middle of so many Local Government areas. A place to connect.

    It would be great if people could be prioritised in future planning. Open space amongst nature, for walking and cycling, and other recreational activities.

    The 2001 Alexandra Canal masterplan already indicates a 10m setback on both sides of the canal allocated for these open space purposes, but unfortunately is slowly being degraded by other planning projects.

    Sydney Water has an important role to play in the future of this peaceful connector of so many different places, coming together.

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    Imagine if...

    by Tempe guy, 7 months ago

    Imagine if we could:

    • paddle from Sydney Park to anywhere along the Cooks River
    • swim safely in the Canal and around Tempe Reserve
    • fish safely in the canal
    • dip our feet in clean canal water as we walked along the canal edge
    • could watch the planes roar just above us from a picnic area along the canal
    • watch animals living in and around the canal
    • sit on top of the Tempe water tower and observe the canal!