Smiths Creek: bushland crown jewel now even better

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Work is starting on a series of enhancements to improve the visitor experience across Smiths Creek Reserve, while protecting the reserve’s stunning environment and wildlife.

A series of artworks being painted on the concrete pylons found near the Corunna Avenue entrance have kick started the $514,055 project.

Renowned artists Jason Wing and Maddison Gibbs from MadWings Murals will lead the mural project with local students.

Further works will start soon on trail improvements, a new 580 metre green-link trail linking Leumeah to Smiths Creek, new wayfinding signage and vehicle access mitigation measures to reduce illegal trail bike use.

“Smiths Creek is the crown jewel of our urban bushland reserves so it’s exciting to see these enhancements starting to make the reserve more visitor-friendly, while building on Council’s ongoing bushland restoration and weed removal works in the area,” says Mayor George Greiss.

“This is a reserve that is loved and cared for by the many residents who live on its border, so I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the consultation process to help identify trail bike access points and provided their feedback on the trail and environmental improvements,” Mayor Greiss said.

Planned upgrades include:

  • Trail improvements: Upgrades to walking and fire trails including improvements to pathways, drainage and access as well as a new 580 metre green-link trail linking the Leumeah Precinct to Smiths Creek through the Leumeah Scout Hal.
  • New wayfinding signage: New signage at major entry points as well as trail markers to improve wayfinding.
  • Vehicle mitigation: Installation of new gates and vehicle mitigation measures such as fencing and barriers, at key points across the reserve. This aims to increase community safety and reduce environmental impacts of illegal trail bike use.

The project is funded by the NSW Government Places to Roam funding program in conjunction with Campbelltown City Council.

Mayor Dr George Greiss is pictured above with artists Jason Wing and Maddison Gibbs and local childcare students at Smiths Creek Reserve where they are painting the old bridge pylons.

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