Greater Sydney Parklands is committed to protecting, respecting and caring for the natural environment.
Musgrave Pond will be closed for community access while it undergoes its periodic maintenance and sludge removal works. The works will improve stormwater treatment, water quality and amenity for wildlife and park visitors.
Project: Musgrave Pond restoration works
Location: Musgrave Avenue Centennial Parklands
Project delivery: 16 February 2022 to end of June 2022, weather permitting.
Note that the project has been delayed due to the extreme rain events of the past months.
Project owner: Greater Sydney Parklands
Musgrave Pond is one of the many Centennial Park ponds that were originally designed and constructed as water supply, flood mitigation and storage dams. In the 1990s further works converted the water bodies to more ornamental ponds. As the surrounding sub-catchments (from the City of Sydney, Waverley & Randwick) have continued to develop, the ponds have acted as the receiving water bodies and sinks for sediments and pollutants from urban runoff.
These sediments and pollutants have now accumulated to the point that they need to be removed to improve the health of the pond. Removal will involve:
- Temporary water diversion works
- Complete emptying of the pond
- Sediment sludge removal, treatment and disposal
- Restoration of banks and vegetation buffer
Refilling of the pond will occur by natural rainfall, following completion of the works.
This periodic sludge removal works are part of Greater Sydney Parklands maintenance program confirmed in our Ponds Management Plan.
Impacts of works
Musgrave Pond will be completely fenced off while the works are underway. Visitors to this area of the parklands will experience noise from the machinery used to remove the sludge and smell as it is removed.
Greater Sydney Parklands is working closely with the contractor, undertaking the works, to mitigate impacts on visitors and the environment.
Construction operational hours will be restricted to 7:00am to 5.30pm Monday – Friday with no work on weekends or public holidays.
Any work outside these hours will require approval and will be notified via signage on site, parks notices and this project page.
- The fence gap closure has been completed
- Excavation was carried out on the site