Details of $2.9 million Carss Park foreshore reconstruction project released

More to come: Part of the Carss Park foreshore reconstruction that was completed in 2016 by the former Kogarah Council.
More to come: Part of the Carss Park foreshore reconstruction that was completed in 2016 by the former Kogarah Council.

Details of the proposed $2.9 million Carss Park Foreshore construction project have been released in the tender documents to be considered by Georges River Council this week.

The foreshore construction involves the removal of the existing concrete vertical seawalls and excavation to create a sloped environmentally friendly seawall.

It will reintroduce saltmarsh, mangrove and intertidal rock platform habitats using sandstone terraces and concrete structures.

The project has been divided into three stages.

Stage one with see 0.6 hectare area of foreshore and park adjacent to local sporting fields where 230m of concrete seawall will be removed and replaced with the construction of intertidal rock platforms and rock pools, saltmarsh and mudflats.

Stage two will be a one-hectare area focused on 130m of seawall and 80m of concrete stormwater channel in the western section of the park.

This project will remove the existing concrete seawall and develop a mudflat and beach environment with a vegetated coastal dune constructed behind.

The existing concrete stormwater channel will be removed and a naturalised creek line will be developed with a larger mouth to emulate natural creekline entering into the Georges River.

The creek will include saltmarsh, mangrove and rocky intertidal areas.

A map showing the extent of the proposed reconstruction works at Carss Park foreshore including the conversion of the stormwater channel into a creek.

A map showing the extent of the proposed reconstruction works at Carss Park foreshore including the conversion of the stormwater channel into a creek.

Stage three is a 0.7 hectare project area focused on 292m of concrete vertical seawall on Carss Point, connecting the two previous stages.

The construction of the shoreline will emulate the historic shape of Carss Point and will establish estuarine habitat communities with saltmarsh, mudflats and intertidal rock platforms.

This work will be constructed along with stage two in 2018-19.

Other features of the new shoreline will include a small boat ramp for the local remote control sailing club, and an overwater boardwalk to improve community access.

In 2016 the council received an $800,000 grant from the Federal Government via its Improving your Local Parks and Environment Fund to contribute towards the project.

In total, Georges River Council has allocated $2.9 million for the project including $800,000 from the former Kogarah Council budget for the Carss Park Foreshore Construction stage two works and $500,000 from the Kogarah Council Section 94 plan for open space embellishment.

The balance will come from the Georges River Council’s Capital Works Funds.

Tenders for the works closed August 7. The council has received five submissions  with the matter to be considered at this week’s meeting of the council’s Assets and Infrastructure Committee.

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