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Community Gathers at Whites Creek Wetlands, to inspect Storm Effects, World Environment Day, Saturday June 5, 2010 see video
2011 Theme of Water ....Eco-Annandale-2011
"The Mayor for annandale (Alderman Allen Taylor) brought up a special minute at the last meeting of the Annandale council respecting the question of the consruction of the whites creek storm water channel..." - The Sydney Morning Herald 18 February 1898 page 8
Between 1898 and 1938 Whites Creek was converted into one of the earliest Concrete Storm Water Channels in Australia. In 2002, Wetlands were constructed adjacent to the creek.
The wetlands are now looking great with vigorous growth and a steady development of the aquatic ecosystem. Insects, tadpoles and many more little creatures are now breeding in the wetlands.
There are three known species of frogs making a loud cacophony of noise at night. Larger water birds are gradually finding the wetlands are a good place to have dinner.
Visitors enjoy the experience of a rare urban wildspace in a crowded highly developed inner Sydney suburb.
Whites Creek Wetlands, 10 October 2009, Eco-Annandale Artists' October Walk, Photo: Marghanita da Cruz
Local residents appreciate the fact the pump is quiet, tadpoles eat mosquito larvae, no smells except in the polluted canal water and the flowering water plants give a stunning colour display.
During construction some people complained and now opinions have changed and few people object to the wetlands. (Source: Ted Floyd, Friends of the Earth, Eco-Sydney Campaign.)
Ted Floyd, whose work on Whites Creek Wetlands is featured in Green Urbanism Down Under: Learning from sustainable communities in Australia, with authors Peter Newman and Timothy Beatley at Current Thinking Seminar (Photograph: Marghanita da Cruz 31 March 2009)
The Whites Creek Cottage Community Centre was opened in March 2009.
Consultation process for expanded Whites Creek Community Garden once a garden plan is received in early 2012 from The Friends of Whites Creek Valley Park and Garden Group. ..http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/IgnitionSuite/uploads/docs/ITEM%2037.pdf
Proposal for a new community garden at 25 White Street. Community consultation at 6pm on Thursday 12 April 2012 at Leichhardt Council. Submissions are invited until 18 May 2012 at 4pm..more
Whites Creek Aqueduct by Joel Tarling
White's Creek Aqueduct and Johnston Creek Aqueduct were constrcuted in 1896 and 1897 respectively. They were the first reinforced concrete structures in Australia. They were constructed as an extension of the Bondi Sewerage Outlet to divert sewerage from harbour outpours.
This Plan of the Piperston suburban allotments near Sydney For sale by Mr Stubbs on the 14 of March 1842. E.J.H. Knapp, Surveyor. shows Austenham, the Seat of Capt SA Perry, Garry Owen the Seat of JR Brenan ESQ PM, Mr Lloyd, WM Kenzie Esq JP, Annandale Estate of Robert Johnston ESQ and White's Creek - which is labeled Johnstone's Creek probably indicating ownership rather than its name.
1949 Aerial Photograph of Annandale showing White's Creek, Johnston Street, Collins Street, Parramatta Road, Booth Street, Piper Street, Trafalgar, Annandale Street etc.
"Following a report to Council in June of this year , consultation has been carried out to amend the current Plan of Management at Whites Creek Valley Park to enable the Rozelle Bay Community Native Nursery operations, currently operating at a site in the City of Sydney Council in Chapman Rd to be relocated to the Nissan Hut site in Whites Creek Valley Park." -www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au
See pages 23/24 of Minutes of June Meeting: pdf and Organisational Implications report October 2008 pdf.
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