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For those of you who haven’t visited this public green space in Marrickville, the AB Croft Playground & Dibble Avenue Waterhole belong together. AB Croft Playground is a small park that allows you to view the Dibble Avenue Waterhole, unless you are lucky enough to live in a property that overlooks the Waterhole.
The feeling of this small park is trees, which is really nice. There is a massive tree just inside the entrance & other smaller trees in the park & around the perimeter. The canopy of a large tree growing in the property next door cascades over the park adding to the sense of leafy green. I have not come across a park in Marrickville LGA that has so much shade & this is something I appreciate.
AB Croft Playground was a bit dismal before the recent upgrade. Marrickville Council has created a lovely happy playground right next to the waterhole in an area that gets sun. The playground has swings & climbing equipment & all this is on a large base of soft sky blue rubber material that imitates the waterhole; at least that’s how I interpreted it.
There are two new park benches & many large rocks have been positioned throughout the park to allow children to climb over them & to be used as seating. In one circle of rocks are two new large green-coloured concrete frogs. I imagine younger children would like to play on them.
Apart from the dumping beside the rubbish bin at the entrance, there was no litter to be seen in the park, which was another plus. Also highly unusual, Marrickville Council has not created a concrete path into the park. Instead they have used mulch to a level where it was easy to walk across with bicycles, so prams would have no trouble either. Having one’s feet walk on the earth was how parks were in my childhood & no harm was done.
In October 2010 I wrote about the Riverside Crescent Subcatchment Management Plan 2010 which targeted the Dibble Avenue Waterhole.
- According to Council’s Report, the historic & potentially very beautiful Waterhole that is fed from direct rainfall, groundwater & stormwater runoff from adjacent properties has “high concentrations of heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, copper, mercury, nickel, lead & zinc. These exceed guidelines’ values & pose an ecological risk. ….up to 25 species of birds including several important migratory & wetland birds, such as the Eastern Curlew. Chestnut Teals, Dusky Moorhens & Australian White Ibis, have been observed most recently. Long finned eels, dwarf flathead gudgeon & mosquito fish have also been recorded.” See – http://bit.ly/SuI8py
In August 2011 I wrote again about the Waterhole as it was included in Marrickville Council’s Draft Biodiversity Action Plan.
- This is the last remaining unfilled brick pit in the Marrickville LGA & is on the Historic Trail. The Waterhole has had tree & weed removal & bank restoration done over the past year. It provides habitat for frogs, reptiles, nocturnal birds, small grain, nectar & insect eating birds, freshwater wetland & reed‐bed birds, fast‐flying bats & slow‐flying bats. It also provides connectivity for small birds & frogs to other planed Water Sensitive Urban Design features in the subcatchment. Council had the following plans for the waterhole -
- Spending $10,000‐$30,000pa on increasing the density of vegetation around the waterhole.
- Installing ‘bat boxes’ in or near the waterhole to provide urban roosting habitat for fast‐flying & slow‐flying microbats
- Commencing a community monitoring program.
- Investigating where public viewing of the Waterhole could happen. http://bit.ly/UAAhJ4
I did not see any bat boxes, but they could be there hidden in the trees. There is a new fence between the park & the waterhole to ensure safety. It also looks good & unlike the previous fence, allows both adults & children to have a clear view of the waterhole. Bring your own seats though. There are plenty of resident ducks & other waterbirds to keep everyone interested. Obviously the fence is there to stop accidental drowning, but it also allows people to be involved with nature while keeping the wildlife safe from people. This is important for the birds as they have very few genuine safe refuges locally.
Council has removed the old decayed pier leaving the pier stumps for interest & I presume as a link to the history of the Waterhole. The pier stumps also make great perches for birds to sit.
I was very pleased that the large Camphor laurel tree was still standing. Council had said that they intended to remove it. The tree provides much shade for the property it grows next to & now has branches cascading over the water, which is quite lovely & important for many birds. The property it shades is full of large canopy trees so it is easy to assume that they do not mind the shade & privacy the tree provides. It is also quite beautiful. I know some people don’t like Camphor laurel trees, but they are not spreading into Wolli Creek or along the Cooks River, so the benefits of having a large tree in an urban situation far outweigh removing it in my opinion.
Quite a few non-native trees were removed from around the waterhole & what remain are mostly Casuarinas & these will spread in time. Council has shored the sloping banks of the waterhole to stop soil erosion & planted many native grasses.
Council has also built a swale from what appears to be a private carpark to slow down & filter stormwater before it enters the Waterhole.
The water was considerably cleaner than it has been on previous visits. There is a floating barrel with a thick pipe attached that goes to the bank & out of view. I would not be surprised to learn that this is some sort of algae filtering system.
I think the Dibble Avenue Waterhole is a jewel in Marrickville & was happy to see that it is now looking good & cared for. It is on the historical trail of Sydney so this is another important reason to keep it looking its best. To have such a place that is essentially a wildlife refuge area surrounded by houses is quite unique & very special.
As usual, the following is my understanding of the meeting & all mistakes are mine.
Riverside Crescent Subcatchment Management Plan 2010 – A resident who is also a member of the Subcatchment Working Party spoke in favour of the Report. He said that it was important for Council to publicize a description of the water-cycle. He said the rainfall in Marrickville LGA is almost double than what we withdraw from Warragamba Dam & only 10% of this water is used for drinking. If we managed the water properly, we could use less water from Warragamba Dam. He also said that many of the options involve
Marrickville Golf Course a significant area along the bank of the Cooks River. Large sections of the Golf Course can be re-vegetated, which will have an impact on biodiversity. He also said that many in the community would like to see better engagement & would also like to be involved in many activities such as trees, verges, kerbs, footpaths. He said the community could be notified & could be involved in the maintenance of these areas & the way these were done has an impact on water design.
Clr Tsardoulias was pleased with the Report saying it was overdue. Clr Olive said there had been good work on naturalization all along the river & that this will continue. Clr O’Sullivan said the Sydney Morning Herald that day had an article on environmental works done by Marrickville & Gosford Councils. She said that Council needed to be daring & the Councillors should encourage this. She mentioned recent works at Cup & Saucer Creek as an innovative model for stormwater management. Clr Peters said it was fantastic that one of the actions was that 85% of households were receptive to using recycled water. Clr Phillips said he was keen to see the works happen & we need to make the funds available. He said he was surprised at the level of toxins in Dibble Avenue waterhole. Carried unanimously.
I will write about the Riverside Crescent Subcatchment Management Plan 2010 in the following post.
Support for Greenway connection to the Cooks River Shared Pathway – The Marrickville Cooks River Committee in their August meeting asked for Council’s assistance to make representation to Transport NSW to have the Greenway shared pathway continue on from the Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill Light Rail project to the Cooks River. To do this the bridge over Wardell Road needs to be made suitable for cyclists by either adding a separate cycleway at the side of the bridge as an add-on or build a separate bridge altogether.
Clr Olive supported writing to the minister, as did Clr Phillips. Clr Tsardoulias said this issue was brought up 18 months ago & that it would be great to see something happening. Carried unanimously.