Alexandra Canal Asset Plan

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The Alexandra Canal Asset Plan guides the restoration, protection and renewal of the Alexandra Canal embankments. It identifies the areas along the canal most in need of repair and provides preferred renewal options for each area.

Figure 1. Recently rehabilitated section of the Alexandra Canal Embankment


The Alexandra Canal Asset Plan guides the restoration, protection and renewal of the Alexandra Canal embankments. It identifies the areas along the canal most in need of repair and provides preferred renewal options for each area.

Where is the Canal?

Alexandra Canal is 4 kilometres 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. In some areas the canal walls are in quite good condition, but there are also areas in need of renewal or repair. Sydney Water is developing an Asset Plan to guide this.

How has the plan been developed?

Sydney Water has been conducting surveys, environmental investigations as well as ecological and structural assessments. These investigations will confirm the priority areas and how they can be repaired and restored in later stages of work.

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


What type of work can be expected?

Any future work on the canal will give special consideration to the heritage sandstone walls of the canal. It will also consider things such as ecology, the recreational use of the waterway and the local community. Effective stabilisation methods such as naturalisation of the canal banks will considered.


When will work on the canal start?

Work on the canal will be done in stages. Any repairs or restorations will be subject to future funding approval after the Asset Plan is competed. Sydney Water will keep the community updated as the project progresses and before any work takes place at each stage.

Figure 1. Recently rehabilitated section of the Alexandra Canal Embankment


The Alexandra Canal Asset Plan guides the restoration, protection and renewal of the Alexandra Canal embankments. It identifies the areas along the canal most in need of repair and provides preferred renewal options for each area.

Where is the Canal?

Alexandra Canal is 4 kilometres 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. In some areas the canal walls are in quite good condition, but there are also areas in need of renewal or repair. Sydney Water is developing an Asset Plan to guide this.

How has the plan been developed?

Sydney Water has been conducting surveys, environmental investigations as well as ecological and structural assessments. These investigations will confirm the priority areas and how they can be repaired and restored in later stages of work.

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


What type of work can be expected?

Any future work on the canal will give special consideration to the heritage sandstone walls of the canal. It will also consider things such as ecology, the recreational use of the waterway and the local community. Effective stabilisation methods such as naturalisation of the canal banks will considered.


When will work on the canal start?

Work on the canal will be done in stages. Any repairs or restorations will be subject to future funding approval after the Asset Plan is competed. Sydney Water will keep the community updated as the project progresses and before any work takes place at each stage.

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Let us know your experiences around the Alexandra Canal and how you interact with the waterway. 

Thank you for sharing your story. This will help us develop a plan that will promote the communities interests in the area. 

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    Rewilding our city

    by Nicole C, 8 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, 9 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, 9 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!