Edmondson Regional Park now open for visitors
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has formally opened the new Cabramatta Creek precinct of Edmondson Regional Park to the public.
NPWS Director Deon van Rensburg said the 48 hectare parcel of land, officially opened at a community event on Sunday 8 October to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations for NPWS, will be managed by NPWS and will offer important habitat for endangered species as well as bushland for the enjoyment of the growing number of residents of the area.
"I'm thrilled to announce the opening of the Cabramatta Creek precinct as the first stage of the planned 150 hectare Edmondson Regional Park," Mr van Rensburg said.
"Edmondson Regional Park will provide a range of recreational visitor experiences such as bushwalking and nature appreciation for the new surrounding communities, and will help protect biodiversity in the area.
"The main management focus of the Cabramatta Creek precinct is conservation of the critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland ecological community, and significant effort has gone into removing the dominant weed species African Olive.
"Protecting this endangered ecological community will in turn protect the foraging habitat for other endangered species such as the grey headed flying fox and swift parrot.
"Formerly the site of the Ingleburn army training camp, this reserve will surround the Edmondson Park town centre which is in early stages of construction, and will provide a network of open space and protected areas within the newly established residential areas of Edmondson Park and Bardia in Sydney's South West Growth Centre," Mr van Rensburg said.
Planning for the remainder of Edmondson Regional Park includes cycleways, walking tracks, picnic areas, BBQ facilities and areas of open space for families and group events.
The precinct was formally opened on the weekend with an Aboriginal Welcome and smoking ceremony, NPWS Discovery Ranger activities, an ecology talk and discussions about native gardens provided by the environment team from Liverpool City Council, as well as a native plant giveaway. Ingleburn Military Precinct Association also opened the nearby Bardia Barracks for the day, with ex-servicemen giving a presentation on the military history of the area.