Donnelly Park jetty upgrade to begin soon

Upgrade works on the old jetty at Donnelly Park, Connells Point are expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Georges River Council has confirmed that works on the jetty will begin next month, pending NSW Public Health Orders.

The current jetty infrastructure will be removed and replaced with an updated design, of similar dimensions, while the existing gangway and pontoon, which were installed in 2015, will be re-used.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said the new upgraded jetty would be an asset to the community.

"We were very pleased to receive this grant which allows Council to offer our community a revamped jetty for better access to our beautiful Georges River," he said.

"We've worked closely with the community and will continue to do so as we reconstruct and reopen the jetty this year."

Oatley MP Mark Coure told the Leader last year that the funding would make the Georges River more accessible to the community.

"The jetty has been the home of Connells Point Sailing Club for almost 80 years and is often used by residents for recreational sailing," Mr Coure said.

"This upgrade will allow more people to access and enjoy the river and allow the Sailing Club to offer its member the best facilities."

The council consulted and collaborated with Connells Point Sailing Club, the primary users of the jetty, before obtaining grant funding of $132,000 from Transport for NSW under the NSW Boating Now Program.

The grant funds will be matched by the council through S.711 Developer Contribution funding.

The council is also expected to undertake further consultation with stakeholders during the construction stage of the project.

Works on the jetty are set to commence in August, with an estimated completion of November 2021, pending COVID-19 restrictions.