The main features of the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands will begin to take shape over the coming months as construction gets underway on the iconic swimming lagoon at the end of June.
Work on the lagoon follows the completion of significant site preparation, retaining and drainage works while landscaping works have also started along the Oxley Street perimeter of the parklands.
In a report to Council for next week’s meeting, the project’s completion date has been updated to September 2023 in response to delays during COVID-19 lockdowns and unprecedented wet weather this year impacting planned earthworks on the site.
“The Campbelltown Billabong Parklands will deliver a unique space that is reflective of the region’s natural identity and Aboriginal and European history where people can walk, picnic and enjoy recreational activities as well as being a space for community events,” Mayor George Greiss said.
“While we have experienced some delays in the project due to COVID lockdown and difficulties with recent weather, significant onsite works are now progressing and I look forward to seeing the parklands start to take shape,” Cr Greiss said.
“This exciting project will be a great new addition to our city and a place where families and friends can come together to enjoy,” he said.
The swimming lagoon and parklands site have been designed in a way so that the potential of the location can be further realised in the future.
Council has also been successful in applying for a $3.65 million grant from the NSW Public Legacy Program, which will be used to enhance the public open space at Apex Park adjoining the Billabong Parklands.
In addition to funding from the NSW State Government and Federal Government through the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Fund and Council, this brings the total value of the projects to $34.65 million.
It is located on a 4ha site at the corner of The Parkway and Moore-Oxley Bypass, Bradbury and is expected to attract up to 500,000 visitors annually once opened.
The centrepiece of the attraction will be the approximately 1600m2 main billabong pool which is interconnected with a smaller children’s pool, cascades and streams and a zero-depth splash play area.
The design of the water bodies and surrounding parklands reflects the natural riverine environment of the nearby Dharawal National Park.
The project is expected to create about 80 construction jobs and more than 20 full-time jobs to support the ongoing maintenance and day to day operations of the Billabong Parklands.