Imagine a safe place to walk and ride in Sydney’s Inner West…

The Inner West Council has proposed a shared path along Iron Cove Creek. The path will connect Ashfield Pool to Iron Cove Bay and make our local area a better place to live, support our health, and improve our environment.

The project has received $100,000 funding from the Inner West Council for a master plan – which will map out design options and capture what the community wants to see. The NSW State Government also awarded a grant of $90,000 in 2021.

Now we need your help: Strong community support will encourage the Inner West Council and state government to build this much needed community asset as quickly as possible.


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 in Sydney, Australia 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. This would be accessible for everyone throughout Croydon, Haberfield, Road Point, Five Dock, Ashfield and more.

Share your thoughts – take our community survey!

First Community Consultation

The consultants Civille and Inner West Council have been busy preparing a master plan for the concept of a walking and low-speed cycling pathway along the Iron Cove Creek canal, connecting the Bay Run to Ashfield Pool.

The Inner West Council ran the first master plan community consultation from the 24th of October 2022 to the 27th of November 2022. The council’s consultation page (now closed) can be found here:

There will be a second consultation in 2023 that will seek feedback on different options for the construction and location of the shared path.

Friends of Iron Cove Creek Public Meetings

Once every second month we have a public meeting to discuss any news and to plan for upcoming community events. Everyone is very welcome to attend and participate as much as they would like.

We meet at the Ashfield Aquatic Centre in the community room just inside of the front entrance. Our next meetup times are :

  • Saturday December 17th 2022, 3:30pm to 4:30pm We have cancelled this meeting as everyone is going to be too busy this close to the Christmas break.
  • Saturday February 18th 2023, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Saturday April 22nd 2023, 3:30pm to 4:30pm cancelled, not much news while we wait for the master plan
  • Saturday June 17th 2023, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Saturday August 19th 2023, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Saturday October 14th 2023, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Saturday December 16th 2023, 3:30pm to 4:30pm


  • March 2020: The idea is listed in the Inner West Council’s 20 year Integrated Transport Plan adopted by Council

  • May 2020: Local residents Anna and Sarah met and formed Friends of Iron Cove Creek

  • April 2021: Inner West Council unanimously pass a motion to set aside funding in the next budget to explore the technical feasibility of the project

  • July 2021: Inner West Council approve budget that provides $100,000 for the development of a Master Plan

  • December 2021: NSW Government award a grant of $90,000 under the Metropolitan Greenspace Program to support planning for this project

  • January 2022: Civille urban design consultants win public tender to develop the Iron Cove Creek Master Plan

  • August 2022: Friends of Iron Cove Creek petition opened

  • late October 2022: Inner West Council conducts first round of community consultation for the Iron Cove Creek Master Plan


What community members are saying about the path

Active and emissions free transport should be encouraged. 
Margaret L

I want to be able to ride from Ashfield to the city via the bays. This link is essential. 
Simeon K

It’s a great idea and would be most welcomed by the community. 
Lok S

Great opportunity to provide safer opportunities for bike travel in the Inner West. Good for commuters, families and the environment. Let’s do it! 
Dave A

We need increased safe, separated bike paths to encourage more people to enjoy cycling. Cycling is a fun and healthy activity for people of all ages and helps reduce our carbon footprint when used for small & longer trips.
Frouke D

People need to be able to get around easily, without driving cars where possible. Healthier for people who cycle, and for everyone’s planet.
Janet B

We are grateful for the support and backing of the following groups:

Ashfield Bicycle Users Group
Marrickville Bicycle Users Group
Leichhardt Bicycle Group
Inner West Bicycle Coalition
Croydon Public School P&C

Letter of support from Rob Stokes,
Minister for Infrastructure, Cities, Active Transport

Spoon & Fork, Croydon cafe and cake-maker

Acknowledgment of Country

Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Islander flag
Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Islander flag

Friends of Iron Cove Creek acknowledge that the Iron Cove Creek and proposed pathway are on the lands of the Wangal and Gadigal Peoples of the Eora Nation, and that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and to other First Nations people in our community.


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