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SOUTH LAWSON PARK

The vision for South Lawson Park, as outlined in the community-endorsed Masterplan, is to create: “A significant public resource where recreation is integrated with protection of the natural environment, community values are reflected and needs are met sustainably.” The current upgrade of the park will create a significant recreational space that balances the needs of a wide cross-section of the Blue Mountains community. It will also ensure improved protections of the creek line, swamp and wet areas.



UPDATE: Removal of small number of trees at South Lawson Park

4 November 2022

As a long-held part of the South Lawson Park upgrade design plans, a small number of trees were removed this week on the north side of the site. The six trees (plus one dead tree) were identified for removal in 2019, as part of the upgrade design, and were felled under the close supervision of an independent arborist to ensure the work was completed safely and without damage to other nearby trees.

The six living trees that were removed will be replaced with 15 new native trees

Once the upgrade work is completed, a total of 48 new native trees will have been placed across South Lawson Park, part of over 35,000 new plantings, with an emphasis on improving protection of the creek line, swamp and wet areas.

While Council always looks at every option to reduce the impact of our activities on the natural environment, in this case a small number of trees have had to be removed.

Other locations were considered for the route of the shared path that would avoid the trees on the hill behind the old clubhouse, but there are significant and quite shallow underground sewer services running close by which made other path alignments unsuitable.

We are also working to increase accessibility for people within a particularly steep part of the park, and this presents a range of challenges in regards to the angle of paths and where they need to be located. Necessary changes to ground levels as part of the upgrade earthworks would also effect the structural root zone of some of the removed trees, making them unsafe.

An unhealthy gum tree was also removed from the nature play area as it was significantly leaning over this space being designed for children to gather.

Removal of these trees was always part of the upgrade plans and was included in the Part 5 Environmental Approval for the project.

Read the full media release.



UPDATE: South Lawson Park upgrade - no park access from Ferris Lane.

From Monday, 31 October 2022 there will be no access to South Lawson Park from Ferris Lane. This entrance will be closed for the remainder of the upgrade works, reopening once the upgrade has been completed.

Entry into the site will be completely blocked and unsafe for pedestrian and dog access. There will also be truck deliveries down Ferris Lane to support the construction of the nature play space, terraced lawn and the final stage of the shared path.

Park users are requested to use the southern section of South Lawson Park, which has been completed.

Access to the southern section of the park remains unchanged from Wilson Street, Adelina Falls and bushwalking tracks south of Lawson Cemetery.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologise for any inconvenience as we complete this upgrade project.



This project is funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal. The Western Sydney City Deal is a partnership between the three levels of government overseen by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon. Catherine King MP, the NSW Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, the Hon. Alister Henskens SC MP, and the eight Mayors of the Western Parkland City.

See the news articles below for other recent updates on this project.


SOUTH LAWSON PARK

The vision for South Lawson Park, as outlined in the community-endorsed Masterplan, is to create: “A significant public resource where recreation is integrated with protection of the natural environment, community values are reflected and needs are met sustainably.” The current upgrade of the park will create a significant recreational space that balances the needs of a wide cross-section of the Blue Mountains community. It will also ensure improved protections of the creek line, swamp and wet areas.



UPDATE: Removal of small number of trees at South Lawson Park

4 November 2022

As a long-held part of the South Lawson Park upgrade design plans, a small number of trees were removed this week on the north side of the site. The six trees (plus one dead tree) were identified for removal in 2019, as part of the upgrade design, and were felled under the close supervision of an independent arborist to ensure the work was completed safely and without damage to other nearby trees.

The six living trees that were removed will be replaced with 15 new native trees

Once the upgrade work is completed, a total of 48 new native trees will have been placed across South Lawson Park, part of over 35,000 new plantings, with an emphasis on improving protection of the creek line, swamp and wet areas.

While Council always looks at every option to reduce the impact of our activities on the natural environment, in this case a small number of trees have had to be removed.

Other locations were considered for the route of the shared path that would avoid the trees on the hill behind the old clubhouse, but there are significant and quite shallow underground sewer services running close by which made other path alignments unsuitable.

We are also working to increase accessibility for people within a particularly steep part of the park, and this presents a range of challenges in regards to the angle of paths and where they need to be located. Necessary changes to ground levels as part of the upgrade earthworks would also effect the structural root zone of some of the removed trees, making them unsafe.

An unhealthy gum tree was also removed from the nature play area as it was significantly leaning over this space being designed for children to gather.

Removal of these trees was always part of the upgrade plans and was included in the Part 5 Environmental Approval for the project.

Read the full media release.



UPDATE: South Lawson Park upgrade - no park access from Ferris Lane.

From Monday, 31 October 2022 there will be no access to South Lawson Park from Ferris Lane. This entrance will be closed for the remainder of the upgrade works, reopening once the upgrade has been completed.

Entry into the site will be completely blocked and unsafe for pedestrian and dog access. There will also be truck deliveries down Ferris Lane to support the construction of the nature play space, terraced lawn and the final stage of the shared path.

Park users are requested to use the southern section of South Lawson Park, which has been completed.

Access to the southern section of the park remains unchanged from Wilson Street, Adelina Falls and bushwalking tracks south of Lawson Cemetery.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologise for any inconvenience as we complete this upgrade project.



This project is funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal. The Western Sydney City Deal is a partnership between the three levels of government overseen by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon. Catherine King MP, the NSW Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, the Hon. Alister Henskens SC MP, and the eight Mayors of the Western Parkland City.

See the news articles below for other recent updates on this project.

  • Update: 15 October

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    UPDATE: Saturday, 15 October 2022

    South Lawson Park has reopened now that the next stage of work for the asphalt path has been completed.

    UPDATE: Monday, 10 October 2022

    South Lawson Park has been temporarily closed so that the next stage of the shared path can be completed and dogs can be kept away from where pre-seal treatment has been applied in dog on-leash areas along the path route.

    Council hopes this stage of works will be completed this week (weather permitting).

    Park visitors may recall the pre-seal treatment, a standard part of preparing for asphalt paths was used during the construction of the first 800 metres of path in July this year. The pre-seal, while not harmful, helps the asphalt layer to adhere to the compacted road base.

    Despite signage at main entry points to the park warning of the works, and the area being cordoned off with flag bunting, off-leash dogs are regularly entering the works zone in the current on-leash area. Council has received reports dogs have had to be treated over the weekend to have the pre-seal removed from their paws.

    Continued wet weather has delayed covering the pre-sealing treatment with asphalt and we are hopeful this work can be completed this week.

    The decision to close the park until the asphalting work can be completed is a necessary precaution and allows us to get the job done as soon as site conditions allow.

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused to park users, or any stress that has been caused to dog owners. But we do need dog owners to follow signage at the park and to be mindful of any cordoned off areas in the future, or the park may have to close until the project is completed entirely.

    Given the ongoing wet weather, Council has also reinforced sediment control measures and installed floating absorbent booms to contain any potential run-off from the pre-sealing treatment.

  • Update: 27 July

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    Update: Wednesday, 27 July

    The first 800m of shared accessible path at South Lawson Park has now been laid.

    The newly laid part of the path is cordoned off with flag bunting, so please continue to keep clear of that area.

    Once again, thank you to the community for your patience while this work was completed.

    Activity continues at the park with a range of plantings taking place.

  • Update: Park Closure Wednesday 27 July

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    PARK CLOSURE RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, 27 JULY

    Persistent wet weather means that asphalting work on South Lawson Park’s new shared accessible path will not take place on Tuesday 26 July, and the park will now remain open.

    The full park closure will take place on Wednesday, 27July (7am - 5pm, once again, weather permitting) to allow this work to be done.

    Unfortunately, a break in the rain is needed for this part of the upgrade to be completed and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by this necessary change in plans.

    What's being done during the park closure?

    One of the key upgrades planned for South Lawson Park is about to get underway with the first stage of the new accessible path almost ready to be laid.

    The park needs to be fully closed to the public to allow around 800m of the path to be constructed quickly and safely along the southern side of the site.

    The decision to close South Lawson Park for one day is a necessary safety precaution as hot asphalt will be laid and machinery will be in operation. This would pose a significant risk of injury to an overly enthusiastic dog who ran into the work area.

    A one-day closure is the safest and fastest way to see this part of the upgrade work completed.

    It is anticipated that at least one further closure will be required in the future to finish what is more than 2km of accessible path in and around the park.

    A pre-sealing treatment has been applied along the path route (pictured). While the work area is cordoned off with flag bunting, visitors are advised to not walk on this material. It is a little sticky, but not harmful.

    The work follows additional community consultation about the park upgrades in March which showed that a majority of residents support the vision for the park and the current plans and are eager for the project to be completed.

    In addition to the path, the current project at South Lawson Park will also provide:

    • A fenced dog off leash area
    • A nature exploration play area
    • Grass terrace seating
    • Water refill stations and seating throughout the park, and
    • Improved protection of the creek line, swamp and wet areas by extensive bush regeneration.

    An extension for the current upgrade is currently being sought from the grant body, to deliver the project by June 2023 given delays due to additional consultation and unprecedented rainfall.

  • Update - May 22: Work commences

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    Work has recommenced at South Lawson Park, following additional community consultation.

    The project was paused earlier this year to seek further feedback from the community. Consultation showed that a majority of residents support the vision for the park and the current plans, and are eager for the project to be completed.

    Meanwhile, stakeholders could not agree on the type of fence to be used for the dog off leash area. Respondents were split down the middle, over the two fencing options provided.

    Council has decided to install the PVC chain wire fence at the site as it is viewed as more likely to be visible to wildlife in the area, with less chance of animals inadvertently running into the fence. Many from the local dog walking community also indicated a preference for this type of fencing.

    The project will deliver:

    • More than 2km of shared pathway – that will provide greater accessibility and amenity to the park for a wider range of people
    • A fenced dog off leash area
    • A nature exploration play area
    • Grass terrace seating
    • Water refill stations and seating throughout the park, and
    • Improved protection of the creek line, swamp and wet areas by extensive bush regeneration.

    Following the consultation results, Council will:

    • Relocate the fence at the southern end of the park, around the bunker near the ‘Esky’ tree.
    • Investigate adding an extra water station at the southern end of the park. As this would require more ground disturbance than originally proposed, the idea needs to be tested with Traditional Owners and Council’s environmental scientist. The community will be notified once this occurs and a decision has been made.
    • Relocate telegraph pole seating near shade, and
    • Reconfigure the proposed agility mounds so that they replicate the high point of the tee, which needs to be bisected. .

    An extension for the project is currently being sought from the grant body, to deliver the project by June 2023 given delays due to additional consultation and unprecedented rainfall.

    This summer, a number of intense storms and persistent wet weather presented significant challenges to the sediment control measures at South Lawson Park.

    Council continues to closely monitor and assess current robust sediment controls, to ensure they are maintained. Controls were under pressure, but effective, during the natural disaster in early March.

    The Environment Protection Authority earlier investigated the site, after complaints from the community, but were satisfied with Council’s sediment and erosion controls.

    Download the South Lawson Park Staging Plan

    Download Council's media release

    Download the Community consultation report

  • Update – 25 February 2022

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    SOUTH LAWSON PARK UPDATE – 25 February 2022

    South Lawson Park Upgrade

    We are seeking community feedback on the current project at South Lawson Park - until 14 March 2022.

    Download our consultation fact sheets

    The current works include:

    • More than 2km of shared pathway – from both Ferris Lane and Wilson Street towards the new fenced dog off leash area – that will continue around as a loop walk, so all members of the community can enjoy the park
    • A fenced dog off leash area that is significantly larger than the current dog off leash area, with several tracks and play zones
    • A nature exploration play area
    • Grass terrace seating for informal gatherings and small community events
    • Water refill stations and seating throughout the park.

    The Community-endorsed South Lawson Park Masterplan states the vision for South Lawson Park is to create: “A significant public resource where recreation is integrated with protection of the natural environment, community values are reflected and needs are met sustainably.”

    We want to know – do you support the current vision for South Lawson Park?

    That is, to create a significant recreational space that balances the needs of a wide cross-section of the community and improves the protection of nearby waterways.

    We are also asking for feedback on:

    • The type of fencing for the dog off leash area
    • Placement of the fence line, along the southern edge of the dog off leash area
    • Placement of water stations and relocated log seating.

    Have your say at on-site consultation events, near the Ferris Lane entry, on:

    • Friday, 4 March 11am-2pm
    • Saturday, 5 March 11am-2pm
    • Friday, 11 March 11am-2pm
    • Saturday, 12 March 11am-2pm

    Or you can also have your say online, by completing our survey below.

    Please read our fact sheets about the current project before completing our survey.

    Consultation fact sheets

    Download our consultation fact sheets

    Have your say online, by completing our survey below.

  • Update - 10 February 2022

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    SOUTH LAWSON PARK UPDATE – 10 February 2022

    Sediment control works

    Over recent days, Council has continued to work closely with a range of experts to ensure any issues around the preparatory earthworks at South Lawson Park are identified and addressed.

    Our contractor has been busy installing extra lengths of jute mesh to restrict any further erosion around the areas prepared for the shared accessible path. All impacted areas, except where the path will be laid (a strip approximately 5 meters wide) is now covered with strips of jute mesh. This mesh has also been applied to other excavated areas along the creek perimeter and the exposed areas have been grass seeded as well.

    These measures have proven very effective and there is no longer any sediment escaping the immediate area. But additional measures will be installed over the next few days to further improve the sediment management within the site, in case we receive further severe weather and rain in the coming weeks.

    The mesh is designed to be left in place once laid, as it naturally and safely decomposes and leaves no trace.


    Remediation of historic swampland area

    During site analysis with bush regeneration and ecological professionals, it has become apparent that the muddy conditions in some parts of the site are due to a groundwater flow which has been exposed by the earthworks to level for the shared accessible path. This was not previously observable, as the design for the site was developed in 2019, at the end of an extended period of drought. The shallow groundwater conditions were not able to be predicted at that time when the ground was dry and not impacted by any visible shallow groundwater.

    To effectively remediate this area, Council will work with specialist contractors who are highly experienced in operating within sensitive environmental areas.

    The soft condition of the ground in these areas also requires some changes to the alignment of the shared accessible path. Council will be working through these changes in the coming days.


    Supporting documentation – Review of Environmental Factors

    Please see the following additional documentation, relating to the assessment of this site as part of the Review of Environmental Factors (and Part 5 Assessment):

    Review of Environmental Factors

    https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/33840/widgets/192992/documents/224890

    Flora and Fauna Assessment

    https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/33840/widgets/192992/documents/224889

    Arborist Report

    https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/33840/widgets/192992/documents/224891

    Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report

    https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/33840/widgets/192992/documents/224893

    Lawson Masterplan Drawings

    https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/33840/widgets/192992/documents/224893

    Part 5 Assessment

    https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/33840/widgets/192992/documents/224888


    Upcoming community consultation

    Council officers are currently planning to run four community consultation sessions on site asap, regarding this project. The dates for these events will be publicised next week, once confirmed.

    Council, like other businesses, is currently impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and Staff having to isolate, due to contracting COVID (or having family members who have contracted COVID).

    We thank you for your patience while we finalise the dates and times for these consultation sessions.

    There will be opportunities for the broad and local community to make submissions about this project at this time, either on-site or online.

  • Update - 4 February 2022

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    Update on South Lawson Park sediment control - 4 February 2022

    Council is pleased to advise that improved sediment control measures at South Lawson Park have now been installed.

    As the community will be aware, intense storms and persistent wet weather conditions over recent weeks presented a significant challenge to the initial sediment control measures at the site.

    In response, over the last week a number of improvements have been put in place to strengthen sediment controls and safeguard the health of nearby waterways, including:

    • Installing jute mesh on steep areas that have been disturbed
    • Installation of sediment fencing along the entire riparian zone
    • Installation of additional sediment fencing in many locations including at the base of disturbed areas where there are slopes.

    In a number of parts of the site the Installation of jute mesh will continue into next week.

    Consultation with bush regeneration and ecological professionals has also been scheduled for early next week, to start the process of remediating the old fairway lawn which was established over swampland.

    Council and our contractors continue to closely monitor and assess the controls at the site.

    We thank the community for their patience as we work to manage the impact of these recent unfavourable weather events.

  • Update - 2 February 2022

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    Update on South Lawson Park upgrade - 2 February 2022

    The upgrade of South Lawson Park has been paused.

    The upgrade, which includes construction of accessible path, a new fenced off leash dog area and nature play area has been impacted by various challenges since December including higher than average rainfall that has affected sediment control measures on site, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected staffing and the delivery of materials.

    The pause will allow further community consultation to be conducted on fencing, the shared path and other features, including plans for bush regeneration that will increase the edge of the riparian zone to better protect Lawson Creek and Adelina Falls.

    Sediment controls have been improved at the site over the past two weeks following intense storms and persistent wet weather, and further controls will be implemented over the coming days and monitored, to ensure run-off from the construction site does not affect waterways.

    Read the full Media Release

  • Update - 28 January 2022

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    Update on South Lawson Park upgrade – 28 January 2022

    We know the community continues to have questions relating to the South Lawson Park upgrade.

    More consultation will be held on site over the coming weeks, including more visuals that will show what the final upgrade will look like, but we hope the following answers assist in the meantime.

    Please note: Parts of the area are currently a construction site that have been impacted by intense storms and persistent wet conditions in recent weeks. We understand that some who visit the area frequently have been distressed by the sight of this, and we understand this.

    Some parts of the site have not been able to be properly compacted before some intense storms. This has left the working area soft and boggy. Work cannot continue in these areas until the site has dried out, and trying to do this work too soon will cause erosion, but this work will occur as soon as site conditions allow. See information below relating to sediment control issues, the removal of trees and bushland regeneration.

    There is still a long way to go before we can finalise this new, accessible shared space for our community and we ask for your patience and understanding at this time.

    Timing of the project

    Council was required to commence this project in November/December 2021 – in order to finalise the project and meet the grant deadline of June 2022. It would have been nice to be able to postpone the upgrade, after the La Nina summer, but this was not an option.

    Sediment control measures

    Please be assured, since the contractors set up on site at South Lawson Park, there have been no failures of the sediment fence that was erected. But the number of intense storms and persistent wet conditions in recent weeks have impacted the site. Following inspections after rain, sediment and erosion controls have been installed this week.

    Contractors have now installed:

    • additional erosion control along the low points (along the partially constructed path).
    • additional protection in the locations where there is a high risk of stormwater bypassing a narrow section of the silt fence.
    • extended sections of silt fence where there is a risk of the silt fence damming stormwater which will flow around the sides.

    The contractor will continue to improve the sediment controls next week when materials are available.

    The team will also continue to review the locations and quality of the sediment control fences and hay bales to ensure they are appropriately protecting the bushland and Lawson Creek.

    Removal of trees

    Parts of the circular walking path are too steep to be wheelchair accessible, but the route has been designed to ensure that the grades along the path are easily walkable with no steep sections. This makes it a suitable walking option for community members who use a wide range of mobility aids.

    This is why parts of the path are being built through trees and some smaller trees will be removed for the shared path. (Where the path is being built through pockets of bush, Council’s Principal Landscape Architect has ensured that the path has been placed to avoid removal of significant, rare and habitat trees.)

    Building the path through trees will also provide a variety of landscape along the path for walkers and shady places on very hot days.

    Bush regeneration and protection of creekline, swamp and wet areas

    Along the eastern edge of the park, there will be a large area which will be reclaimed as bushland through a natural regeneration process which will increase the habitat for native animals and birds.

    Increasing the edge of the riparian zone will create a wider protective buffer for Lawson Creek and Adelina Falls to further improve the water quality flowing into the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park.

    Vegetation which is removed from the dog agility area and the path construction will be used for the bushland regeneration to ensure that local seeds are used to retain the local genome for these plants.

    Overall, 35,000 plants will be added to this area in time and 5,000sqm of bush regenerated. This will take 2-3 years to establish, but it will provide better protection for waterways than what exists now.

    Protection of our biodiversity

    This week it was discovered that a turtle’s nest was destroyed in the area, during upgrade works. One of Council’s highest priorities is caring for the environment and the City’s precious biodiversity.

    Staff, who also care deeply for our previous World Heritage Area, are upset that this incident has occurred and we are looking at current processes – and how contractors are briefed on environmental matters – to ensure this type of thing never happens again.

    Leading expert in turtles WSU’s Dr Ricky Spencer did report this week that he believes the planned upgrade of South Lawson Park has a lot of potential for integrating community conservation, and protection of turtles, with recreation. We support this view.

    Shared path

    A new circular path is being built at the park. This shared path is wider than a standard footpath and allows walkers with dogs and cyclists to use the path at the same time, safely. The standards for shared paths are from a national set of construction standards and depend on how busy the site is. The surface of the shared path will be 2.5 metres wide.

    To construct the shared path, the clearing will be at least 3.5 metres wide, so grasses can be planted along the edge of the path. Where the path needs to be constructed on ground across a slope clearing it will be wider, but no wider than necessary, to ensure that there are no steep drops on the low side of the path.

    The path will be made from asphalt which is extremely suitable for use in natural areas. Asphalt paths are more flexible than concrete and will not be cracked by roots growing underneath. Concrete paths were also considered to be unsuitable for construction near natural waterways as they cause significant changes to the acidity of runoff water.

    Many people who participated in the community consultation also objected to bright white concrete paths which would be hard on the eyes on really hot summer days.

    Fencing

    Previous consultation has also included options for the type of fencing to be used on site.

    Following a large number of questions from the community about the type of fencing which will be used for the dog off leash area, completion of the fencing has been put on hold so further consultation can take place.

    While the fencing is on hold it is important that construction for the rest of the project is able to continue because construction delay costs are significant.

    The upgrade to South Lawson Park is being done after extensive community consultation and the finalisation of both the South Lawson Park Masterplan and Plan of Management. These plans were endorsed by large numbers of stakeholders.

    The dates and times of further consultation about this project on site, will be publicised next week. We urge any members of the community who are concerned to come to these events, to get more information, as there is a lot of incorrect information about this project in the public arena currently.

    We also urge the community to get updates on this project from Council. You can subscribe here https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/lawson.

    Features of the new park will include:

    • Accessible paths will go from both Ferris Lane and Wilson Street towards the new dog area and continue around as a loop walk so you can enjoy the quieter outskirts of the park.
    • Once inside the fenced dog off-leash area, you can choose from several tracks and play zones with opportunities to play and run and rest.
    • The nature exploration area will offer opportunities for families to discover and be led by the natural features.
    • Close by, grass terrace seating creates a natural amphitheatre for informal gatherings and small community events.

    View the completed designs for the fenced dog off leash area and accessible path.

    While construction is taking place the site will remain open to the public, however, some paths will be temporarily closed for safety, including the Ferris Lane gate. You will always be able to access the site from Wilson Street.

    Construction traffic will also need to access the site to deliver materials and these trucks will travel along Staples Crescent, New Street, Adelaide Street and Wilson Street.

  • Pathways & fencing update

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    17/01/22 update:

    In response to further questions from the community about the new path and fencing:

    What is the new circular path and how wide is it?

    The new circular path which is being built at South Lawson Park is a shared path. A shared path is wider than a standard footpath and allows walkers with dogs and cyclists to use the path at the same time, safely. The standards for shared paths are from a national set of construction standards and depend on how busy the site is. The surface of the shared path will be 2.5 metres wide.

    The shared path will be wide enough for vehicles such as council’s maintenance and bush regeneration teams, but gates to the site will always be locked and it will not be open to public vehicles.

    Parts of the circular informal walking path are too steep to be wheelchair accessible, but the route has been designed to ensure that the grades along the path are easily walkable with no steep sections. This makes it a suitable walking option for community members who use a wide range of mobility aids. This is why parts of the path are being built through trees and some smaller trees will be removed for the shared path. (Where the path is being built through pockets of bush, Council’s Principal Landscape Architect has worked with a local aborist to ensure that the path alignment avoids removal of significant, rare and habitat trees.)

    Building the path through trees will also provide a variety of landscape along the path for walkers and shady places on very hot days.

    Why is heavy machine necessary to build this path?

    To construct the shared path, the clearing will be at least 3.5 metres wide, so grasses can be planted along the edge of the path. Where the path needs to be constructed on ground across a slope clearing it will be wider, but no wider than necessary, to ensure that there are no steep drops on the low side of the path. Some members of the community may think that the construction equipment is larger than necessary, but the machine called a drot, has been chosen because it can do all the work for the job.

    What are the other paths and how wide are they?

    Inside the fenced dog off-leash area the paths are footpaths as this part of the park has not been designed to include bike riders. The footpath will be 1.8 metres wide and the width of clearing will be at least 2.8 metres through any existing vegetation.

    Will there be a buffer to protect the natural vegetation and wildlife habitat?

    Along the eastern edge of the park, there will be a large area, that is currently mown grass, which will be reclaimed as bushland through a natural regeneration process which will increase the habitat for native animals and birds. This will create a wider protective buffer for Lawson Creek and Adelina Falls to further improve the water quality flowing into the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. Vegetation which is removed from the from the dog agility area and the path construction will be used for the bushland regeneration to ensure that local seeds are used to retain the local genome for these plants. (This area will be temporarily fenced with a standard stock fence while the bush regenerates which may take 2-3 years.)

    Has there been consultation for these changes?

    All the elements of the project have been designed following a comprehensive community consultation process. Following the community consultation, there were several changes made to the design as a direct result of requests and suggestions from residents and park users including:

    • The originally proposed sports grounds are not in the Master Plan or Plan of Management.
    • Significant enlargement of the fenced off-leash area
    • Even more additional native landscaping and bush regeneration
    • More accessible grades along the path and extra seating and rest areas
    • Maintaining the heritage landscape values of the golf course fairways and vistas with an unobtrusive fence and planting changes
    • A safety gate to protect dogs and children from the risks of unmanaged bushland and Adelina falls.

    What is happening with the fencing?

    Previous consultation has also included options for the type of fencing to be used on site.

    Following a large number of questions from the community about the type of fencing which will be used for the dog off leash area, completion of the fencing has been put on hold so further consultation can take place. While the fencing is on hold it is important that construction for the rest of the project is able to continue because construction delay costs are significant.

    For further details regarding this project to please refer to the FAQs on the right hand side of the page or click here.

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