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New milestone for Ironbark Creek catchment rehabilitation

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Ironbark Creek will look a treat in years to come after more than 53,000 native trees, grasses and shrubs were planted as part of a $3 million project.

The work targeted a 350m section between Croudace Road, Elermore Vale and Lewis Street Oval, Wallsend, and included the placement of almost 4,000 tonnes of sandstone rock, three new stormwater pipe outlet upgrades and in excess of 3,300m2 of adjacent recreation area returfed.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the benefits of the venture would be seen long into the future.

“Since 2011, City of Newcastle (CN) has invested more than $8 million into this multi-stage, award-winning rehabilitation program to re-naturalise and improve the flow of water in Ironbark Creek,” she explained.

“During the past 12 years, the project has delivered 3,162m of rehabilitated creek lines in the catchment, while revegetation activities have seen hundreds of thousands of native shrubs and grasses transform previously weedy and eroding creek banks.

“This work demonstrates our commitment to both environmental rehab and wider flood mitigation planning, ensuring the creek and floodplain behave in more predictable ways during major flood and rain events.

“Ironbark Creek is our largest tidal creek.

“It carries water from a 13,000-hectare catchment, conveying the runoff from our local bushland, roads and suburbs down to the internationally significant coastal wetland systems and Hunter River.

“I want to congratulate everyone who was involved in bringing it all Walltogether.”

The Ironbark Creek project uses nature-based solutions to rehabilitate the waterway from its headwater in Rankin Park through Wallsend Park, to where the creek flows into the Hexham Wetlands, south of Minmi Road.

The work’s designed to stabilise the creek bed, reduce bank erosion, improve the quality of water and access to the creek for maintenance works.

In addition, by reducing pests and weeds while reinstating a native wildlife corridor, it helps improve the amenity of the waterway for residents and the local community.

The next stages of the project are currently in the design phase and will be integrated with planned upgrades to bridges and stormwater infrastructure within the Wallsend Local Centre and Minmi Road.

To find out more about the project visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/ironbark-creek

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