October 18 - 24, 2020: Issue 470


Currawong Restoration Update

A J Guesdon photo
Recently Readers have sent in requests for a Currawong Restoration update with news from Council that these are projected to be completed by the end of this year.

“The $2.7m restoration of the State Heritage listed Currawong site is nearing completion and is anticipated to be open to receive guests by the end of 2020.  Works have included updating three of our cottages, reviving the games room plus landscaping and pathway works to provide safer access to the cottages.'' Mayor Michael Regan said this week

“The Friends of Currawong have congratulated Council for ‘so effectively preserving the heritage [of the cottages], whilst ensuring 21st-century convenience.’' Cr. Regan said.

In October 2018, our local State Member, Rob Stokes announced a grant of $1.68 million to upgrade the eight holiday cabins. Together with the $1 million given in 2017, the State Government has provided a total of $2.68 million for these works. 

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes announced the establishment of the Currawong State Park on Pittwater’s western foreshore in March 2015. Over 1000 Pittwater people and visitors attended the celebration of Australia’s newest State Park at Currawong Beach on Sunday 29th of May, 2011

It is now owned by the people of NSW and managed by Northern Beaches Council, through the Currawong State Park Advisory Committee with representatives from the Department of Lands, Council and Friends of Currawong.

Developments so far include:

• Conservation Management Plan prepared and adopted.

• The old homestead, Midholme, has been carefully restored with substantial help from a private donation.

• A new wastewater treatment system was installed.

• Solar treatment of drinking water installed. 

• The aforementioned grants from the NSW State Government for restoration - a total of $2.68 million for these works.

• A private donation is managed through the Pittwater Environmental Fund to care for the natural environment and related projects.

• A walking track is planned from Mackerel Beach to Currawong. 

Council has worked with the Currawong State Park Advisory Committee to plan this restoration. All plans have been endorsed by the Office of Environment and Heritage and have been completed in full alignment with the Conservation Management Plan for the site.

Approval has been granted for DA2017/0281 (lodged 07/07/2017 with approval granted 16/02/2018) for the first stage – this included updating three cabins, the games room and landscaping. Approval has been granted for DA2019/0712 for works on the remaining six cabins.

The improvements will provide more family-friendly facilities suited to groups of various sizes, safer access to the cottages and a better experience for visitors using the games room and cottages. Improvements will also ensure the restored cabins are WHS compliant and meet bush fire standards. 

While the works are underway, public access is limited to the wharf, Midholme and communal recreation areas along the foreshore. 

The cottages are not be available during these works.  Currently Midholme and Caretaker's bookings still stand during the works. Council's availability calendar is updated regularly to show booking availability for Midholme and Caretaker's Cottage.

Currawong Lodge is still taking bookings as well - visit: www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/currawong/stay/accommodation/lodge

Restoration site photos courtesy Northern Beaches Council