Turf Design Studio was thrilled to be part of the team delivering the complex final stage (Stage 6) of Botany Bay’s long-awaited Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway.
A significant milestone in creating a more connected, green and accessible city, the new five-kilometre Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway provides a dedicated new pathway connecting Botany Bay and Kurnell.
Turf faithfully translated the council’s landscape vision into reality, working closely with civil engineers Antoun and structural engineers Fleetwood Urban, to finalise the landscape documentation. Turf were also instrumental in the design of the interpretive bird screen art panel designs, which are a key feature of Stage 6.
The bird screens are an abstract interpretation of the local bird life and mangrove seeds, perforated on Corten steel sheeting that references the site’s industrial past. Turf presented a number of concept designs for the new screens, balancing the need to protect the main roosting area, without obscuring views to the bay.
Officially opened by Sutherland Shire last month, Stage 6 includes a 400m shared cycle-pedestrian track connecting Shorebird Reserve and Atkinson Road Taren Point, along with boardwalks, viewing decks, landscaping, a new shade structure, bird habitat protection screens, and an environmentally friendly sea wall.
The multi-faceted project has rejuvenated the foreshore, creating new recreation space and improved connectivity and transportation options for the community, and preserved the site’s fragile habitat – home to thirty types of migratory shorebirds.
The project forms part of the 43.6 kilometre Botany Bay Trail and the wider Sydney Metropolitan Regional Trails framework, which provides important links to the Greater Sydney region, including Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney CBD, Homebush and Ryde, and supports the NSW Government’s Active Transport Program to develop safe, integrated and efficient transport alternatives.
The transformation of Woolooware Bay has been underway since 2003, with Stage 6 involving a number of issues, including the restoration of a heritage wharf, remediation of contaminated land, and protection of mangroves, saltmarsh and aquatic ecologies to ensure the protection of migratory and endangered shorebirds and their habitat under the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.