The Ibis & other birds were having a ball as the area has been turned into a fresh water playground for them.

Today we came across another good reason why cars should not be allowed to drive into the picnic areas of Tempe Reserve.  The fresh water tap had been destroyed – probably by a car running into it.  Water had flooded everywhere around the tap itself & then downhill through & around the Cooks River Valley Garden.

Passing Steel Park later we noticed a much stronger version of a tap next to the barbeques.   I have written to Council to notify them & hope that they do not decide to remove the tap completely.

The fresh water tap in this part of Tempe Reserve is essential. It is used by people to clean the barbeques, for drinking & after eating. Dogs drink here, as do the Ibis & other birds.   A member of the community donated a pot plant tray for the dogs & the birds & to stop the area becoming muddy, which has been quite successful.

People respect the tap by turning it off.  It would be a shame to lose this tap simply because of people driving their cars where they shouldn’t.  It would feel like the rest of the community is being punished if the fresh water supply is removed so I hope Council will replace it soon.

Update 14th June 2012 – On Sunday the Cooks River Valley Garden was a lake. Photo below.  In the evening I contacted Sydney Water who diverted the call to Marrickville Council after hours emergency.  Thankfully, maintenance went to the tap sometime afterwards & turned off the water.  Today we visited Tempe Reserve & were pleased to see a brand new tap – so thank you Marrickville Council.

The tap at Steel Park is a much stronger design, though cars never enter the park here.  The Ibis are trying to have a drink from the drips.

Update Sunday 10th June – Unfortunately trees in the Cooks River Valley Garden are starting to fall because the ground is so water-logged by the continual flooding from the broken tap. The damage is creating quite a significant loss as there are not many trees here & the birds rely on them.  The water in the background is the flooded pedestrian pathway through the Cooks River Valley Garden.

Update 11th June – The Cooks River Valley Garden was at least 0.5 metres under water.