Hunter Water have commenced rehabilitation works along Throsby Creek. The works will involve constructing rock toe protection and rock revetment on the creek banks behind the existing mangrove populations, as well as battering the bank. The construction work is planned to be completed on the Southern Bank by the end of March 2012, weather dependant. Works on the Northern Bank are expected to occur from early April to the end of May 2012.
During February and March access will be closed to the footpath/cycleway between Islington Park and Graham Bridge on the southern bank. For more details go to www.hunterwater.com.au.
At the June Islington Village Community Group meeting Julia Irwin and her colleagues from Hunter Water were invited to provide a presentation on Hunter Water’s proposed works to rehabilitate eroded sections of Throsby Creek.
The proposed works, which are currently scheduled to commence by the end of 2011, will involve construction of rock structures behind existing mangroves to stabilise the creek banks on the Maryville side of the creek from the Hunter Valley Research Foundation site to the Union Street footbridge, and on the Tighes Hill side of the creek from Graham Bridge upstream to Tighes Terrace. A concrete ramp will also be contructed on the creek bank downstream of the footbridge (on the Islington Park side) to allow access for Hunter Water maintenance.
The Hunter Water team also discussed studies currently underway to inform future works on the creek, including investigating options for removal of sediment and rubbish from the creek.
Once the rehabilitation works have been officially approved and scheduled Hunter Water will begin communicating with residents in the streets surrounding Islington Park on any impacts they may experience while the construction works are underway. Further information will also be published via this website and through the Tighes Hill Community Group website.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to the proposed works please email them to Graeme Pauley, coordinator of the Tighes Hill Community Group, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul McBain, coordinator of the Islington Village Community Group, at: email@example.com.