Work is well & truly underway to naturalize a section of the Cooks River at Cup & Saucer Creek. For a background see – http://bit.ly/J0WT67
Sydney Water has removed the ugly concrete bank, the fencing & twelve trees to install a sloped riverbank constructed with sandstone boulders. This area will be planted with lots of new trees & native plants, bringing a softer, more natural feel to this part of the river.
On the Canterbury side of Cup & Saucer Creek, they appear to be building another pond – or it may be a saltwater wetland. A large swale has been created, which would take water from the wetlands to this area. Whatever it becomes I am sure that it will be wonderful.
Personally, I think the Cup & Saucer Creek Wetlands is the best work that has been done along the Cooks River. The wetlands not only clean storm water before it enters the river, but they also bring an astonishing beauty to what was once just another area of boring lawn. The biodiversity in this area has increased exponentially with the wetland offering the community a peaceful place to watch waterbirds in their natural habitat. If I were to recommend visiting just one place along the Cooks River, this would be it.
The naturalization works can only enhance this section of the river making this special place especially attractive to those who love wildlife. I can’t wait to see the work completed & will post an update later. Fabulous work Sydney Water.