Popular Illawong river reserve gets major upgrade

SUTHERLAND Shire Council is spending more than $360,000 upgrading the playground and car park at the historic Albert Delardes Reserve, Illawong.
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Work is expected to be completed by Christmas.

With 300 metres of accessible frontage to the Georges River, the reserve is a popular site for fishermen, picnickers and walkers and as a launching place for canoes and kayaks.

Sutherland Shire mayor Steve Simpson said the work will be complemented by the traffic-calming improvements and a new footpath along Old Ferry Road in Illawong.

The work is stage one of the Albert Delardes Reserve to Old Ferry Road master plan.

It recognises the historical significance of the reserve, which was the southern departure point of a ferry that operated between Lugarno and Illawong from 1887 to 1974.

“This area was the site of the first ferry crossing of the Georges River in 1843, bringing Major Sir Thomas Mitchell’s Illawarra Road into the Sutherland Shire,” Cr Simpson said.

Originally known as Lugarno Park, the name was changed in 1967 in honour of ferry master and former fire captain Albert Delardes.

Future work will include plans to protect and upgrade the original stone wharf as well as the installation of a new new pontoon.

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