The public open space on both sides of the river, between and around the Victoria and M4 bridges is vital to our City and community. We needed a road map for how we would protect and make the most of it into the future, including:
Our River Project Area Map (pdf 87KB)
Our River fact sheet (pdf 62KB).
Council engaged consultants Clouston Associates to develop a Masterplan in consultation with residents, sporting and environmental groups, community groups, organisations, businesses and visitors.
Council has adopted the final
Plan of Management for Regatta Park (pdf 6MB) after the draft was exhibited for community comment early in 2016.
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Final Our River Masterplan (pdf 12.5MB), endorsed by Council in November 2013. It will be implemented in stages and as funding is available:
The draft "Our River" Masterplan was on public exhibition throughout September 2013. Thank you to everyone who had your say, through the online form, by email, mail or in person.
summary Community Engagement report (pdf 450KB) or contact us if you would like to see the full Community Engagement report.
During the Our River Masterplan consultation, the community told us that management of vegetation along the river corridor needed special attention.
In NSW the management of riparian and aquatic ecosystems is coordinated under a series of State and Federal legislative frameworks. Council is required to comply with relevant legislation when making decisions about the river corridor.
Council has begun to implement the key actions of the Our River Masterplan and has responded to community priorities by beginning the preparation of a dedicated
Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) (pdf 8.3MB) for the Our River area. Council appointed Eco Logical consultants to investigate the river precinct and work with the community to prepare the VMP. See the
VMP community workshop report (pdf 200KB).
Alongside development of the dedicated VMP, Council also wanted to update the existing Plans of Management (POM) for the Nepean River reserves.
The study area for the VMP and
Plan of Management (pdf 2.9MB) includes reserves on both the east and west riverbanks including Tench Reserve, Weir Reserve, River Road and Regatta Park East.
The VMP includes maps, lists of plant species and other information that will guide Council and the community on how vegetation in different areas within the corridor should be managed to ensure the community desire for a healthy, accessible river can be achieved.
The VMP outlines how to achieve the Our River Masterplan principles while addressing key constraints and opportunities. To achieve this, a balance between habitat improvement and public amenity is needed. The VMP also explains current legislation around vegetation removal and
identifies opportunities for the community to be actively involved in caring for the river corridor.
Council is required under the Local Government Act to prepare a POM for its public reserves. The updated PoM provides Council with a prioritised framework for managing the reserves over the next 5 years and will help Council secure funding and
resources to deliver the outcomes set out in Our River Masterplan. Together these plans will address issues including amenity, flooding and bank stability, biodiversity, litter and identify threatened species and habitats.
The Vegetation Management Plan and updated Plans of Management for Council's river reserves were on public exhibition from 29 August to 26 September 2014. All feedback on the plans was considered and will help direct further Our River projects. For more
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