Friends of Iron Cove Creek

We live in a beautiful city, with amazing parks and playgrounds, fantastic schools, state of the art pools and gyms, and delicious food. But they are all separated by busy roads that have been designed to move cars through, instead of inviting people to stay and enjoy. Our community wants safe spaces to walk and ride bikes to get around – the Iron Cove Creek path can get us there.

Friends of Iron Cove Creek is a non-partisan, grassroots community organisation formed to gauge and represent the views of residents in the Inner West LGA on the Council’s proposed project to create a walkway/cycleway on Iron Cove Creek (Dobroyd Canal) from Ashfield to connect with existing paths in Iron Cove Bay.

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Existing shared paths in the Inner West

We released a short survey in 2021 to gauge local support for a new walking and cycling path over the existing canal from Ashfield Aquatic Centre to the Bay Run at Iron Cove in Sydney, NSW Australia.

We are thrilled that the State Government has given a grant to this project!

The Inner West Council is now in the process of getting a master plan – the first important step to seeing the walk and cycleway.

Please fill in the quick survey! The more community support, the better. We’d be very grateful for your time and thoughts.

Thanks for sharing your views.

The community survey

Please take the survey and let us know what you think!

The current view along the canal at Etonville Pde.
An artist’s impression of the shared path at Etonville Pde..
Thank you to Claire Sives for creating this logo for us!

Why we think a canal walkway is a good idea:

Installing a walkway over the Dobroyd (Iron Cove Creek) canal at road height, or on its banks where the canal is wider, would create a safe active corridor between Ashfield Aquatic Centre and the Bay Run at Iron Cove. It would improve accessibility and open up more space for parks and playgrounds. The canal would only need to be covered for 900 metres (the metal grating cover would not disrupt water flow, and would be designed so that Sydney Water can safely maintain the canal). The walkway would be accessible for the whole community.

We’re hoping the path will be able to extend alongside the Ashfield Aquatic Centre carpark and under the railway bridge to give people on the south side of the tracks a safer and more pleasant way to access the pool than Frederick St. Both car parks at the Aquatic Centre are full to bursting on hot days, and cars are overflowing onto the nearby streets. Even if this canal walk/cycleway is not feasible, something needs to be done to allow people to walk and cycle safely.

Constructing new cycleways creates more jobs than does the same money when spent on new roads. The State Government is currently making funds available for cycle ways and public space projects. If the community wants this, let’s get it done now — not in another 10 years!

Canal and green space at John St
View of the rail underpass from Heighway Ave
The space next to the canal on Etonville Pde is sometimes used as a dumping ground.


If you have any questions, comments, or want to join please get in touch!

 Friends of Iron Cove Creek Facebook group

Friends of Iron Cove Creek
PO Box 227 Croydon 2132