Centennial Park in Bowral is due to receive a face lift in coming months which will see a neglected section of the reserve undergo a major transformation.
An infestation of woody weeds including White Poplars, Privets and Willows will be cleared from almost 400 metres of the creek bank to make way for around 5,000 native plants.
Contractors have been working over the past few months to poison the weeds which have infested the northern tributary of Mittagong Creek, which flows through Centennial Park. Over the coming month the poisoned trees will be felled and turned into woodchip mulch which will provide a bed for revegetation.
The replanting is scheduled to commence in spring this year and residents are invited to participate in the project. The revegetation will also be the focus of National Tree Day Wingecarribee in October and planting events will be organised in conjunction with Mittagong Scouts.
To complement the environmental works, Council will also clean up the boundary between the Centennial Park cricket field and the Gibraltar Park Golf Course. This area will also be the focus of revegetation works, which will enhance and beautify what is intended to become a premier cricket ground.
Funded through a combination of Council’s Environment Levy, Section 94 funds and park asset management funds, this work will enhance habitat values, improve downstream water quality and enhance civic amenities.
The northern tributary of Mittagong Creek has already been the focus of revegetation activities along the section of private land downstream of Centennial Park, supported with funding from the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority.
Council’s Bushcare officers have coordinated this work as part of a collaborative project with the landholders.
For further information contact Council’s Natural Resource Officer Paul Marshall on 4861 0772.