Woolooware Bay Town Centre foreshore works approved after earlier deferral

The way has been cleared for foreshore landscaping and a new shared cycle-walk path behind the Sharks development.

Development consent has been given for the $2.4 million project after a decision was deferred in December 2019 because of concerns over contamination of the Woolooware Bay Town Centre site.

Proposed works include native and riparian planting, mangrove rehabilitation works and a shared pedestrian and cycle path, which will cross a new bridge over a drainage channel and link with the existing path.

Fitness stations, timber viewing platforms, signage, benches and bins will be provided for residents and visitors using the area.

Approval of the project was deferred because of concerns over contamination on the site, which was once a rubbish dump and has since taken unauthorised fill from the first stage of the development.

The site adjoins the environmentally sensitive Towra Point Aquatic Reserve and RAMSAR wetland.

Concerns were allayed by a remediation strategy, submitted by developer Capital Bluestone, a division of Aoyuan International, to Sutherland Shire Council early this year.

The strategy was accepted, leading to the granting of development consent with a range of conditions.

The works will be behind stages one and two of the residential development and the football stadium.

A separate development application will be needed for the area behind stage three, comprising the shopping centre and more residential.