The GreenWay corridor connects the banks of the Cooks River in Dulwich Hill with Sydney Harbour at Iron Cove in Leichhardt.
The five kilometre corridor includes the disused Rozelle-Dulwich Hill goods railway corridor and the Hawthorne Canal valley.
What Is A Greenway?
Greenways are linear parks or corridors of protected open space. They follow natural features such as rivers, streams, ridgelines or mountaintops. They may also be established along abandoned railroad lines, utility rights-of-way, scenic roads or other man-made features. Greenways can be owned at the federal, state, municipal or even private level. (This definition courtesy of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation).
What’s in the Sydney GreenWay?
Our GreenWay corridor and its surrounding catchment includes:
- 5km of waterways, 2km of harbour foreshore and 3km of river banks.
- Six established bushcare sites, with six more starting soon and another 20 on the way.
- 25,000 mature trees, 20,000 sqm of recreated Turpentine-Ironbark bush habitat and roughly 500 hectares of urban “habitat” which is home to the endangered long-nosed bandicoot.
- 25 schools and educational centres including three high schools.
- 20 large parks and numerous pocket parks.
- Two swimming centres; three bowls clubs, and a golf course
- About 50km of underground stormwater piping.
The Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay is a grass-roots vision created by people living in the inner west of Sydney. We want to see a tree-lined cycling and walking trail and wildlife corridor linking two of Sydney’s most important waterways.
The proposed GreenWay would provide:
- Safe, pleasant walking and cycling to schools, shops and parks in the area.
- A link to the popular pathways at the Cooks River and the Bay Run.
- A ribbon of native vegetation between these two waterways – with fewer weeds!
- Safe crossings under busy roads such as Parramatta and New Canterbury roads.
- A model for better coordination of environmental initiatives in the catchment areas surrounding the corridor.
What Needs To Be Done?
Creating a Bush Link: The volunteers at IWEG are already building a bush corridor through progressive revegetation and habitat-sensitive vegetation clearance. Their work incorporates six bushcare sites along the 5 kilometre rail line. These revegetation sites and weed management programmes need continuing support and funding.
The GreenWay Trail: The existing shared pathway alongside Hawthorne Canal must be upgraded and extended – it will provide a critical missing link between the Cooks River and the Bay Run at Iron Cove. We want a high quality trail, with a minimum 2.5m width and night lighting. Landscaping, route signage and interpreted features along the length of the trail will help to engage local communities in the trail.
Funding for a shared multi-user trail from Cooks River to Iron Cove was approved in 2010, but was then cut in the 2011 budget. Friends of the GreenWay are campaigning to re-instate funding.
WaterWays: Existing initiatives for improving water quality, such as rain gardens, need to be expanded. Converting the concrete walls of the Hawthorn Canal in some places to a more natural shoreline will create natural filters for storm water runoff.
Community and education: The GreenWay concept has already been introduced into some local schools. It provides an opportunity to bring bushcare and environmental awareness into school curricula and involve students in the GreenWay project.