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Moruya Quarry Park landscape upgrade

Project: Staged upgrade to picnic areas, carparks and landscaping of Moruya Quarry Park

Start: March 2015

Completion: Officially re-opened on 11 March 2017

Cost: $567,000

Details

Moruya Quarry Park is on the northern bank of the Moruya River, approximately 5km from Moruya.

Moruya Rotary Club established the park next to the historic Moruya Quarry over 30 years ago. The quarry is an important part of Moruya's history, dating back to the early years of settlement. Granite from the quarry was used to construct the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other iconic Australian buildings.

Mayor Liz Innes officially opened the Moruya Quarry Park upgrade on Saturday 11 March 2017, joined by members of the Moruya Quarry Park Sunset Steering Committee, and representatives from Moruya Rotary and Engineers Australia.

At the opening, we unveiled an interpretive panel and heritage plaque to recognise the significant importance of the granite quarrying history of this site.

Stages

The upgrade will be progressively completed as resources become available through different grants and funding sources.

The project has been split into five stages with the project commencing in March 2015 and various components within stages 1A, 1B, 2, 3 and 4 being completed by March 2017.

The status of this project as at March 2017 is:

  • Stage 1: Upgrade the existing picnic area and shelter near the John Gilmore Memorial Pavilion. Install an accessible pathway to link the picnic area to the car park, including inlaid interpretative signage (* feature walls and interpretative signage not complete).
  • Stage 2: Landscaping and plant native species. Install directional information on a granite wall (* shelter not completed).
  • Stage 3a: Upgrade the car park (completed).
  • Stage 3b: Enhance the area around the car park, including installing granite feature walls and structures, decomposed granite pathway and landscaping (* not complete).
  • Stage 4: Upgrade the existing pathway that leads to the waterfront viewing platform, and construct a timber ramp from the pathway to the timber walkway (* minor component only has been completed).
  • Stage 5: Install a new picnic table at the western end of the park including a feature rock wall, bolder forest landscaping and native species (* not complete).

* We continue to work with community members and Moruya Rotary Club to identify future grant funding opportunities to assist delivery of the remaining stages.

You may view the landscape plan and its stages as at March 2017 here:

Community engagement

The community approached Council to upgrade the park to improve the experience for people who use it for fishing and recreation, and to preserve its significant heritage value.

In August 2013, we formed the Moruya Quarry Park Sunset Steering Committee to develop a draft landscape plan and look for funding opportunities.

When developing the draft landscape plan, the steering committee focused on:

  • understanding and promoting heritage and tourism
  • creating links back to Moruya and other quarries
  • providing an inviting park for the community and visitors
  • improving accessibility and safety
  • enhancing the environment
  • renewing the existing assets in ways that minimise ongoing maintenance

In November 2014, we put the draft landscape plan on public exhibition to get feedback from the community.

In March 2015, Council adopted the draft landscape plan. Council resolved to extend the term of the Moruya Quarry Park Sunset Steering Committee to allow the members more time to secure funds to continue working on the park.

In March 2017, we held a community ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the upgraded park.

View the plan

Progress photos

Photos from the opening of the park in March 2017.

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Here's how the park looked in October 2016.

The plaques inlaid in the new footpath detail highlights from the quarry's history.

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More information

For more information about the Moruya Quarry Park Landscape Plan, please contact Warren Sharpe, Director Infrastructure Services: