Iron Cove Creek Walk and Cycleway
Hi neighbours,

This is a short survey to gauge local support for a new walking and cycling path over the existing canal from Ashfield Aquatic Centre to the Bay Run at Iron Cove.

We're aware this is a proposal which the Inner West Council has flagged as a long term project, and we want to try to give it momentum so it might happen sooner.

We'd be very grateful for your time and thoughts. The survey should take only a few minutes to complete.

Thanks for sharing your views.

Friends of Iron Cove Creek

Why we think a canal walkway is a good idea:

Installing a walkway over the Dobroyd (Iron Cove Creek) canal at road height, or on its banks where the canal is wider, would create a safe active corridor between Ashfield Aquatic Centre and the Bay Run at Iron Cove. It would improve accessibility and open up more space for parks and playgrounds. The canal would only need to be covered for 900 metres (the metal grating cover would not disrupt water flow, and would be designed so that Sydney Water can safely maintain the canal). The walkway would be accessible for the whole community.

We're hoping the path will be able to extend alongside the Ashfield Aquatic Centre carpark and under the railway bridge to give people on the south side of the tracks a safer and more pleasant way to access the pool than Frederick St. Both car parks at the Aquatic Centre are full to bursting on hot days, and cars are overflowing onto the nearby streets. Even if this canal walk/cycleway is not feasible, something needs to be done to allow people to walk and cycle safely.  

Constructing new cycleways creates more jobs than does the same money when spent on new roads. The State Government is currently making funds available for cycle ways and public space projects. If the community wants this, let's get it done now — not in another 10 years!

Contact us:

Let us know if you don't want to use Google Forms — we can send you a hard copy of this survey to be returned to PO Box 227 at Croydon Post Office.

You can reach us by email at:

More detail on the project and our privacy policy can be found at the bottom of the survey.

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Before and (proposed – artists impression) after for the canal over Etonville Pde. (For a full size image scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Map. (Blue = walkway above the canal; orange = possible rail underpass connection; green is existing bicycle paths.) More detail:
Inspiration from the Haberfield Greenway
Are you a resident of the Inner West Council local government area? (If not, please specify your LGA under 'Other'.) *
What is your postcode? *
Do you live along the canal? *
Do you support commencing work on a walking and cycling path on the Iron Cove Creek / Dobroyd Canal in the next two years? *
Why (or why not)?
Would you personally use this path if it were created? *
How (if at all) would you use this path? *
If you would not personally use this path, why not?
Would you use the railway underpass connecting Heighway Ave and the Aquatic centre (shown in purple in the image below)? *
Railway crossing between Aquatic Centre and Heighway Ave
Do you have any further suggestions, questions or concerns about this proposal?
Would you be interested in joining us to build momentum on this project? We'd be very grateful for  any contribution in whatever form – spreading the word, responding to Council surveys, offering advice (on anything from design to engineering and hydrology), lobbying the council, etc.
Would you like to receive updates about this community action?
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What is your age? *
What is your gender? *
How did you hear about this?
One of the wider sections of the Dobroyd canal
The Croydon Dog Off Leash park could be accessed via this section of the canal.
Full size artist's impression of a possible walkway over the canal on Etonvile Pde
More details
The Inner West Council's Integrated Transport Strategy lists this project as one of the new greenways proposed for the State Government's Sydney Green Grid Project – "a long-term vision for a network of high quality green areas – from regional parks to local parks and playgrounds – that connect centres, public transport and public spaces to green infrastructure and landscape features". The NSW Government Planning Minister is also encouraging councils to be innovative with existing infrastructure to create more green space, after COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of local amenities.

When placed over the canal, the walkway would likely be constructed from galvanised steel mesh boardwalk, which would allow water to flow through it. An example of this type of boardwalk from Manly can be seen here: (note that this isn't over a stormwater canal)

How we will use your responses:
We're hoping that this survey will provide a sense of what the community thinks about this walking and cycling path proposal. We intend to share the de-identified results with the council if it turns out the majority of community members want to see this project prioritised. For these reasons, we'd appreciate it if you could only complete the survey once, and let us know if you live along the canal (the council will be particularly interested in understanding your views). We won't share personal details with Council, or with anyone else. We won't contact you unless you have requested that we do. Once we have analysed trends from the survey responses, we will delete the form and responses.

References for research cited in the introduction can be provided on request.
Relevant links
Link to this survey

Dobroyd and Hawthorne Canals flood risk management study and plan webpage and draft document:

Sydney Water plan to naturalise part of the canal:

Sydney Water information on Building over or next to assets:

Committee for Sydney "Reclaiming Parramatta Road" Nov 2020

"I am not dying to cycle to Ashfield Aquatic Centre" Review video from Canada Bay Bicycle User Group:


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