Residents are reminded that access to Wianamatta Park is officially open for use, boasting a 4.6 kilometre trail between Ropes Crossing and Jordan Springs.
Despite the security fencing, the community are able to access the ‘Luxford Trail’ from the corner of Callistemon Circuit and Carramar Avenue, Jordan Springs, by pushing a button to the right of the fence.
This security measure has been put in place to ensure wildlife such as kangaroos and emus don’t have direct access to the surrounding roads and residential areas.
Lendlease recently opened the park to provide the community with access to 750 hectares of bushland, including the critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland, previously closed to the public for over 50 years.
Lendlease Regional Development Manager Kevin Montier joined Londonderry MP Prue Car at the entrance on Wednesday to discuss the benefits this will bring to the community.
“The regional park itself is just a small component of the 900 hectares of regional park that sits within Jordan Springs and the entire St Marys development,” Mr Montier said.
“It allows all uses, for walking, running, riding bikes and that’s something the public hasn’t had the access to do since post-war, so it’s unique access to local flora and fauna.
“It was always the intention for Lendlease to provide this regional park back to National Parks and was always part of the original plans with governments.”
The Luxford Trail makes up 4.6 kilometres of the wider 65 kilometre Great West Walk.
Ms Car said it’s a great way for families to get outdoors and enjoy the local flora and fauna.
“This recently opened track here in Jordan Springs is really exciting for residents because a lot of people bought here for the fact that it backs onto the beautiful reserve,” she said.
“I think it’s really special for residents of Jordan Springs who have been living amongst and now have access to this precious part of western Sydney.
“I hope people will use it with their families, there’s lots of active residents using the reserves already and this is just an extension of that and I can’t wait to use it myself.”
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Nicola Barton is a news journalist with the Western Weekender, primarily covering crime and politics.