Johnstons Creek naturalisation

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Johnstons Creek - artist impression of finished naturalisation

We are improving liveability and waterway health across Sydney. As part of this work we will be naturalising Johnstons Creek to make it a better place for you to enjoy and to help support a healthy environment.

What are we doing?

Johnstons Creek is currently in need of repair. Instead of replacing the channel like for like with concrete, we will be naturalising the creek between Rozelle Bay and The Crescent.

What does the work involve?

The project involves:

  • replacing the old concrete banks with sandstone and native plants
  • creating a natural planted stormwater system (wetland) in Federal Park near Dalgal Way
  • expanding the salt marsh around the creek and creating intertidal rock pools
  • creating a boardwalk, paths and new seating replacing the old footbridge near Dalgal way.

When will work start?

Construction started in January 2020 and is expected to finish mid-2021, weather permitting.

What are the benefits?

The project will improve the local environment and create a beautiful space for the community to enjoy.
The benefits include:

  • increasing the number and diversity of native plants and vegetation
  • significantly increasing the areas of saltmarsh along Johnstons Creek, providing important habitats and feeding areas for native invertebrate, bird and fish species
  • ensuring the stability of the banks of the creek therefore extending the life of the channel and making sure it remains safe
  • improving the community facilities in the area such as new boardwalks, a shared path and public seating
  • improving waterway health through the creation of a wetland to naturally treat and remove pollutants from the water before it enters the creek and nearby Rozelle Bay.

We understand how important trees, vegetation and green space are to the local community. Through the design process we worked hard to minimise tree and vegetation removal, some trees in the area have been removed so that we can complete the work.

The work will include the planting of tens of thousands of local native plants and as well as new trees to ensure total canopy cover across the park is maintained.

We are improving liveability and waterway health across Sydney. As part of this work we will be naturalising Johnstons Creek to make it a better place for you to enjoy and to help support a healthy environment.

What are we doing?

Johnstons Creek is currently in need of repair. Instead of replacing the channel like for like with concrete, we will be naturalising the creek between Rozelle Bay and The Crescent.

What does the work involve?

The project involves:

  • replacing the old concrete banks with sandstone and native plants
  • creating a natural planted stormwater system (wetland) in Federal Park near Dalgal Way
  • expanding the salt marsh around the creek and creating intertidal rock pools
  • creating a boardwalk, paths and new seating replacing the old footbridge near Dalgal way.

When will work start?

Construction started in January 2020 and is expected to finish mid-2021, weather permitting.

What are the benefits?

The project will improve the local environment and create a beautiful space for the community to enjoy.
The benefits include:

  • increasing the number and diversity of native plants and vegetation
  • significantly increasing the areas of saltmarsh along Johnstons Creek, providing important habitats and feeding areas for native invertebrate, bird and fish species
  • ensuring the stability of the banks of the creek therefore extending the life of the channel and making sure it remains safe
  • improving the community facilities in the area such as new boardwalks, a shared path and public seating
  • improving waterway health through the creation of a wetland to naturally treat and remove pollutants from the water before it enters the creek and nearby Rozelle Bay.

We understand how important trees, vegetation and green space are to the local community. Through the design process we worked hard to minimise tree and vegetation removal, some trees in the area have been removed so that we can complete the work.

The work will include the planting of tens of thousands of local native plants and as well as new trees to ensure total canopy cover across the park is maintained.

  • Community Survey Feedback Summary

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    by Emily,

    We received 75 responses for Johnstons Creek. Eighty-one per cent (81%) of respondents were supportive of naturalisation. The main suggestions given for improving Johnstons Creek were:

    • naturalisation (48),
    • increase walking/cycle paths (9), and
    • improve aesthetics (7).

    There was a wide range of feedback given for the potential naturalisation of Johnstons Creek. The most popular were: establish habitats (4), introduce native plants (4) and ensure consultation with local bush care and community groups (3).

    Three percent of respondents were against the concept of naturalisation with two reasons. The first was that naturalisation is not required (2) and the second reason had concerns regarding the validity of the survey (1).

    Following the completion of consultation we will prepare a report detailing the feedback we received from the community survey and on the concept designs.
  • Thank you for completing the survey

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    by Emily,

    We'd like to thank everyone that took the time to fill out the survey. We'll soon provide a summary and an update on how we've used the information.

Page last updated: 31 May 2022, 09:18 AM