In June 2016, Council purchased 36 hectares of land in Westleigh from Sydney Water.
Located along the eastern side of Quarter Sessions Rd, the land had been earmarked by Sydney Water for housing, however Council’s plans were to provide for a range of recreational facilities and for the conservation of bushland.
Why did Council buy the land?
Council purchased the land in order to provide additional sportsgrounds in the future. Although formal sportsgrounds won’t be ready for some years, owning the land provides an exciting opportunity for Council to give residents what they're asking for. See Council’s Sportsground Strategy which highlights the demand for this site to be developed for sports. These new facilities will work towards addressing the current shortfall of sportsgrounds within the Shire.
The site will also be able to provide spaces for passive recreation, such as walking and picnics and unstructured recreation such as mountain bike trails.
What is there at the moment?
Currently about a third of the land is cleared, and this is surrounded by bushland which covers the remaining two thirds.
The site is bounded to the north by Dog Pound Creek bushland (BioBanking site), to the east by Waitara Creek bushland and to the west by Berowra Valley National Park. The site itself is home to several threatened species and five vegetation communities, including;
- Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest (Critically Endangered Ecological Community)
- Duffy’s Forest (Endanger Ecological Community)
- Scribbly Gum Open Woodland
- Bloodwood Scribbly Gum Woodland
- Peppermint – Angophora Forest
Council will work closely with experts to protect and enhance the significant environmental features of the site.
Unsanctioned mountain biking and walking trails have been established on the site for some time and Council has identified an alternative configuration to reduce the impact on sensitive vegetation.