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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - March 27, 2016

Our Public Parks 

ANYONE  flying over Sydney is struck by the amount of parkland and bush we have in our city … and more are planned!

We have talked before about how BLESSED we are with the parks and trees of Sydney …. So many protected areas and GIFTS to the city. Let’s re cap some of our parklands.

• The Domain ….  Whose ‘domain’ was it?? (Governor’s)
• Hyde Park …. What was it in 1810? (Racetrack)
• Why was it cut in half in 1820s? (road to Wooloomooloo)
• Centennial Park   …. Why was it given to the people? (To celebrate Centenary of settlement and because it was useless swampland? NO to protect the city's water supply! Busby's Bore))

Astrolabe Park - Daceyville is a good example of public parklands and Foreshore Park around Botany Bay has trees on reclaimed land.

The trees we most often see in our parks are NOT local. Norfolk Pines and Moreton Bay figs are common sights in Sydney.

Sydney is actually becoming 'greener' with council tree planting. Botany Bay Council may lease Eastlake Gold Course from Sydney Water to connect 65 hectares of new parkland to Botany wetlands and Sir Joseph Banks Park. The park would connect from Gardeners Rd, Daceyville, all the way to Sir Joseph Banks Park on the shore of Botany Bay, following the course of the Botany Wetlands.

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