Safe walking and cycling for locals commuting to work and enjoying recreational facilities in the Port Botany Precinct is a priority. The suburbs of Banksmeadow, Botany, Mascot, Matraville, Phillip Bay, Little Bay and La Perouse existed long before Port Botany. Yarra Bay sailors were once able to sail an Olympic standard course. Little Bay scouts and cubs would hold an annual rafting race from Yarra Bay to Botany. With the building of the Port came significant barriers to access. Yet there was still an extensive beach at Banksmeadow and sports such as Windsurfing were still possible.
In 2005 the NSW Government approved the Port Botany expansion. With the construction of the third shipping terminal and compensatory boat ramp the beach was reduced to about 20% its previous length and no longer suitable for most water-based activities. The nearest swimming beach for Banksmeadow and Botany residents is Yarra Bay which could be a comfortable walk or bicycle ride. Here are some suggestions for making it so.
Starting point at Sir Joseph Banks Park. This is in close proximity to the relatively recent cafe precinct in Banksmeadow. There are notable establishments such as Brasserie Bread and Croquembouche. The state of the art playground is close to toilet and BBQ facilities and a very short walk from the overhead bridge to the Port Botany Boat Ramp.
The cycling/walking path looking west to the boat ramp. On the right is the intersection for the Hutchison Terminal. Here cyclists and walkers cross over on their way to the bird lookout.
The photo below shows the gated entrance to the bird watching lookout. This is where the cycling/walking path could be extended. Local resident and member of the Sydney Ports neighbourhood committee, Paul Pickering, is seen nearby with golf balls which regularly find their way across Foreshore Road from Botany Golf Course.
Heading further east is Floodvale Drain. Orica’s cleanup of both Springvale and Floodvale drains has ensured contaminants no longer enter the Bay. Below is a shot of the external features of Orica’s Secondary Containment Line. Information on hydraulic containment is available at this link. The community has been told to expect at least another 100 years of the clean up so the Orica installation on Foreshore is likely to be a more permanent feature than most.
The photo below is of the intersection at Botany and Penrhyn. This is for the Patrick Terminal. This one needs to be upgraded to the same standard as the intersection now under construction for the Hutchison Terminal.
The photo below shows a section of the path outside Caltex that needs work.
The Beauchamp Road Bridge, below, is narrow and relatively recent additions like these lights have been poorly positioned. The photo above is of the intersection opposite McCauley Street. This is another crossing that needs to be brought up to current safety standards.
The photo below shows landscaping done by Sydney Ports. This area up until early 2008 was used by fruit sellers on weekends. The landscaping could have been done to complement a walking/cycling path. The other photo is the area looking east to the entry to Bumborah Point Road. This road leads to the Tourist Lookout at the end of Prince of Wales Drive and to the walking/cycling paths to Yarra Bay and La Perouse and also to Botany Cemetery and Memorial Gardens.
Right: 7am – cyclists at Bumborah Point locked out of an early morning ride to Molineux. NSW Ports need to open the gates at 5am. Current arrangement is sunrise to sunset but this is not suitable for workers. Molineux Point Lookout celebrating Sister Port relationship with Yokkaichi Port from the Mir prefecture in Japan.