Community input needed for next phase of Throsby Creek planGALLERY

A LOT has changed in and around Throsby Creek over the past two decades. Once a desolate and polluted stormwater drain, the city’s largest urban waterway now supports a thriving ecosystem.

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Times are changing: Throsby Creek bird watcher Tom Clarke. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The creek’s change in fortunes has also helped drive the property boom in Maryville and Tighes Hill in recent years.

The blueprint for the transformation, the 2001 Total Catchment Management strategy, has recently been reviewed.

Work is now underway onthe 2017 Throsby Creek plan and community input is now sought into its development.

Community members have the opportunity to discuss and have input intothe plan at the Throsby Creek Action Station to be held at Islington Park on Sunday, April 2 between 9am and 3.30pm.

“The new plan will consolidate and focus the efforts of agencies responsible for action within the creek and catchment for the next six years,” event coordinator SusanMorley who works for Hunter Local Land Servicessaid.

Turning the Throsby tide Bleak: A degraded section of the Carrington foreshore in 1992. The area is now thriving with mangroves.

Carrington Mangroves, 1992

Dredging the main channel, 1992

Dredged sediment, 1992

Throsby Creek Regatta, 1960. Picture: Bob Scobie, University of Newcastle

Throsby Creek Regatta, 1960. Picture: Bob Scobie, University of Newcastle.

Throsby Creek Regatta, 1960. Picture: Bob Scobie, University of Newcastle.

Throsby Creek Regatta, 1960 Picture: Bob Scobie, University of Newcastle.

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappTighes Hill resident and Hunter Bird Observers Club member Tom Clarke will be among those sharing informationon the day.

“It’s amazing to see the changes that have occurred in the birdlife around the creek over the past 28 years,” Mr Clarke said.

“We have seen new bird species move into the area while others have moved on.”

The creek drains stormwater from a 3000 hectare catchment area that extends to Charlestown.

The main channel betweenMaitland Road and Hannell Street was last dredged in 1992.

While much of the sediment has returned, a Hunter Water spokesman there were no immediate plans to re-dredge the channel because studies had shown sedimentation did not impact on flooding.

A new sediment study to determine where the sediment is coming from is underway.

“With sedimentation in the tidal reaches of Throsby Creek forming as part of a natural process, a range of options are being investigated to determine if it is more beneficial to have treatment options throughout the catchment, or if dredging the sediment in the lower reaches is the most suitable management method,” the spokesman said.

“The outcomes of this study will feed into the future plans for the creek,”

Throsby Creek Action Station:Sunday 2nd April,Islington Park, 9.00am – 3.30pm