The view from the bridge howing around 200-metres of riverbank remediation either side of Cup & Saucer Creek
The view back to the bridge. The need for trees is obvious in this image.
One of my favourite places along the Cooks River is Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland, which was created by Sydney Water. Once just a patch of boring lawn, it is now a haven for waterbirds & an area of peak biodiversity. It is also very beautiful.
The eastern side of Cup & Saucer Creek
Sydney Water appears to have almost completed their works beside the river on either side of Cup & Saucer Creek. They have created a new large pond right beside the river, with two sandstone islands, which will be great sites for waterbirds to perch & good for bird watching.
There are three new seating areas, all looking towards the river. I think it is nice that Sydney Water has continued with the design theme of compressed clay & gravel pathways & sandstone bench seats. These seats are just as comfy as a wooden bench, but to my mind, far more attractive. They also blend into the environment.
The largest seating area, which overlooks the new wetland, has a weather shelter & this too has minimal visual impact. The wetland is classified an endangered ecological habitat, so it is wonderful to see these areas being created along the river.
Looking over Cup & Saucer Creek to the new wetland.
A large impressive swale has been built from the Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland to the Cooks River.
Sydney Water had planted hundreds & hundreds of native plants. I can’t wait to see this develop into an area of vegetation that supports wildlife. The only thing that concerns me is the lack of trees, though it is more than likely that I am posting an update too early & the trees have yet to be planted.
To do these works, twelve trees on the wetland side were removed, plus at least another six on the side of the creek nearer the bridge. Thankfully two gorgeous mature Eucalypts were retained. The plans do show 34 new trees. Having trees here will make a big difference to the beauty, plus add habitat & food source for wildlife, as well as provide precious shade.
It looks like much of the fencing will be removed with small sections of fencing provided at the viewing sites, I presume for safety. They do not detract from the river outlook like the previous fencing.
The sandstone boulders provide a gradual incline from the bank to the river & already waterbirds are sitting here in large groups. I was very surprised at how quickly the plants grew at Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland, so I imagine that within a year, this stretch of the Cooks River will be looking glorious.
Sydney Water has done a wonderful job repairing the damage of the last century & both humans & wildlife will benefit immensely.
One of the smaller seating areas. I love the permeable pathway, the sandstone benches & the non-obtrusive safety fencing. The two remaining trees are spectacular & I am glad they were retained.
The larger seating/viewing area that looks over the wetland. This will offer great birdwatching opportunities.
Showing about one-third of the new wetland pond.
A large swale to take water from Cup & Saucer Creek Wetland to the Cooks River.