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.
The State Government has grants available for this type of project.
We’re aware this is a proposal which the Inner West Council has flagged as a long term project, and we want to try to give it momentum so it might happen sooner.
We’d be very grateful for your time and thoughts. The survey should take only a few minutes to complete.
Thanks for sharing your views.
We will be holding our first in-person meeting soon.
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!
If you have any questions, comments, or want to join please get in touch!
Friends of Iron Cove Creek
PO Box 227 Croydon 2132