170 years of boating access celebrated at Thompson Street in Drummoyne
30 November 2018
On the eve of the summer boating season, Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas today visited Thompson Street jetty in Drummoyne to mark 170 years of boating access from this location.
Mr Sidoti said this could best be described as the reopening of a wharf that was originally opened in the 1800s.
“The restoration of water access at the end of Thompson Street followed a two year closure of the jetty due to safety concerns,” Mr Sidoti said.
“The jetty makes it easier for boaters to access yachts and other nearby moored vessels.”
Minister Pavey said the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government five year $70 million Boating Now program combined with the $26 million contribution made so far by local councils and other partners was delivering 265 projects across the state.
“The $176,300 from the NSW Boating Now infrastructure fund for Thompson Street jetty is delivering boaties with better and safer access to our waterways with upgrades and new infrastructure such as boat ramps, jetties, pontoons, car parks and sewage pump-out facilities,” Mrs Pavey said.
In 2013, three local projects were completed under the Better Boating Program:
- $960,000 was provided for the construction of an upgraded boat ramp facility at Blaxland Road, Rhodes, which was opened in September 2013
- A study into possible improvements to the area around Bayview Park Boat Ramp was completed in March 2015 with $9,000 from the Better Boating program
- An initial feasibility investigation into the upgrade of Thompson Street jetty was completed with funding of $15,000 each from the NSW Government and Council, in June 2013.
Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said there is minimal safe public access to the water in the immediate vicinity of Henley Marine Drive, with rugged and steep terrain along that foreshore.
“The City of Canada Bay is lucky to be defined by 35 kilometres of beautiful foreshore. We are thrilled today to be here reopening the Thompson St jetty, providing better access to our waterways for our residents and visitors,” Mayor Tsirekas said.
“The site was identified as a locally significant heritage item under the Sydney Regional Environmental Plan. A jetty had been at this location since at least the 1880s, and possibly as early as the 1840s.”
“Initially, the jetty was used as a ferry wharf. Later in the 1920s, it was repurposed for recreational boating use. Since then, the structure has gone through a series of various phases of remediation, repairs and reconstructions so it is great to see the jetty restored to its former glory.”