(11.45am, Coulson Street, Alexandria)
Thank you, Simon and welcome to the opening of Bamal Way.
This new public space provides a much-needed pedestrian and cycle connection between Coulson Street in Erskineville and Sydney Park Road.
Bamal is a Sydney language word for 'earth, clay or ground' and Bamal Way is on the site of the former Bakewell Brothers pottery works. Bakewell Bros was established by English-born William Bakewell in 1884 and his pottery works were located here, and on the site of today's Sydney Park.
The original landform of the Newtown-St Peters area is located on the edge of the Wianamatta Shale belt, with a number of brick and pottery works located in this area to exploit this readily available resource, including Bakewell Bros.
The renewal of this public space facilitates public access to St Peters Train Station, Sydney Park and Erskineville. As you can see there is:
- A new concrete pathway linking Coulson St to Sydney Park Rd
- Ramp and stair access to Sydney Park Rd for pram and disabled access.
- A lawn area, new planting beds and terraced retaining walls
- Stormwater drainage works
- New trees for extra shade and shrubs; and
- New lighting to the path and stairway
As responsibility for traffic signals rests with the state government, the City is engaging with RMS to provide a signal crossing at Sydney Park Road, from the foot of the new pedestrian and cycle link at Bamal Way to the park.
On behalf of the City I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful design work of Phillips Marler, construction from Design Landscapes Pry Ltd and our own City Projects team - Chaya Bratoeva and Terry Byrnes.
Today's launch of Bamal Way coincides with the launch of the Sydney Park Water Reuse project, which includes the stunning new wetlands. I'd encourage you all to come along and see Sydney's largest storm water harvesting and water re-use facility, the beautiful new landscaping and the wetland habitats and water cascades. There's a costume making workshop and children's parade, Taronga Zoo Mobile Animal Display, as well as free refreshments and entertainment until 2pm.