A significant program of remediation works is planned to continue along Farmers Creek this year.
Funded via a $1Million grant from the Commonwealth and State Government’s Bushfire Local Economies Recovery Fund (BLERF), weed control and creekline restoration works will be continuing as part of Council’s delivery of the Farmers Creek Master Plan.
The Plan broadly aims to remove invasive weeds, reinstate original native vegetation, and create recreational connection opportunities for people within and across the City’s natural environment.
“This is an exciting program for Lithgow,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “Council has been undertaking remediation works along Farmers Creek for a number of years to remove invasive weeds and help restore native vegetation. Establishing a shared pathway network adjacent to enhanced creekline corridors and green open spaces will activate these areas for residents to enjoy, providing linkages to safer recreational opportunities away from roadsides.”
A number of specialist bushland regeneration companies have been engaged to undertake targeted weed control, revegetation and bush regeneration. Planned works extend along the length of Farmers Creek from the upstream dam wall through town to the Great Western Highway, including along State Mine Creek, Vale of Clwydd Creek, as well as other side tributaries. These works will continue until at least the middle of 2022.
A major extension of the shared pathway network is also being constructed this year, with new sections to include from Saywell Street Park to Lake Pillans Wetlands Reserve, Blast Furnace to Tank Street via Eskbank House & Museum, Burton Street downstream to Tank Street, Glanmire Oval to Marjorie Jackson playing field and from the Geordie Street causeway to Chivers Close.