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Improving Prospect Creek for Water Quality and Habitat

 

Bankstown City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improving Prospect Creek Project Comes to a Close

The Program was funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and involves collaboration between Bankstown, Fairfield and Holroyd Councils and the GRCCC. The Improving Prospect Creek Sustainability Initiative had two key stages. The first stage involved development of the Strategic Management Plan (SMP); the second stage involved implementation of key recommendations from the SMP. The program ended in May 2013. View the Final Report here: pdf icon Final Report (4.18MB)  Check out the Project Map for project work sites locations.

Outcomes from the project are as follows:

Fairfield Council
    • Bush regeneration and revegetation work in five IPC target areas

    • Ongoing bush regeneration work along the entire length of Prospect Creek through FCC’s ‘Creek Care’ program

    • Design and Constructions of four Gross Pollutant Traps (GPTs) in key IPC area

    • Rehabilitation of De Freitas Wetland, wetland of Prospect Creek

    • Maintenance of four existing GPTs

    • Detailed design of three additional GPTs earmarked for future construction

    • Erosion control work at the Little Street stormwater outlet

    • Proactive and reactive creek cleaning activities through Council's 'Creek Cleaning' program and the GRCCC Riverkeeper Program

    • Coordinated 11 working bees / information days with the wider community

Bankstown Council
    • Bush regeneration activities with a mixture of in-kind and grant funding within Mirrambeena Regional Park

 

Objectives of the Project

 The objectives of the project were to:  

  1. Improve the condition and extent of native vegetation communities along the Prospect Creek riparian corridor
  2. Increase understanding of the current biological values of the creek’s riparian corridor
  3. Identify, assess and prioritise Local Government management actions to rehabilitate the ecological functions of Prospect Creek
  4. Develop relationships between land mangers, indigenous groups and community members to better manage Prospect Creek
  5. Increase awareness of the significance of Prospect Creek and encourage greater participation in the rehabilitation of the creek by the local community

Click here to find out about the Improving Prospect Creek Strategic Management Plan.  

 

Background

The Prospect Creek Catchment is located in southwest Sydney and is a tributary of the Georges River Catchment. The creek is approximately 26 kilometres long and starts at the Prospect Reservoir at the top of the catchment and flows to the Georges River at Georges Hall.

The creek is typical of an urban waterway and is threatened by a range of activities and associated infrastructure. The area is heavily built up with a population of over 190,000 people. The dominant landuse within the creeks catchment is a mix of light industrial and residential.

In many places, vegetation along the creek banks has been cleared down to the edge of the channel, leaving it more vulnerable to urban and industrial runoff, weed invasion, erosion and rubbish dumping.

In response to growing community concern regarding the poor environmental state of Prospect Creek, the City Councils of Fairfield, Bankstown and Holroyd have received $550,000 grant funding from the NSW Environmental Trust. The funding will be used to create a Strategic Management Plan and to implement a rehabilitation plan that will provide improvements to the quality of the creek.