New track from Dean Park to Quakers Hill

Bike riders, joggers, and people who like to stroll through the bush will soon get new sealed tracks between the Dean Park and Quakers Hill.

Work started last month and, weather permitting, will be finished in May.

The section of Western Sydney Parklands is bound by Richmond Road to the south, M7 to the north, Symonds Road to the west, and Quakers Hill Parkway to the east.

When completed it will provide a sealed tracks between the two suburbs.

New signage and seating will also be installed.

Western Sydney Parklands manager of development and strategy, Yolanda Gil, said the work would expand the environment and improve habitat for native fauna while opening up previously inaccessible areas.

“By the end of autumn, we will have planted an extra 13 hectares of bush in this area,’’ she said.

‘‘We are removing weeds to expand the native species, giving the local wildlife a greater area of riparian bushland.

‘‘We’ve expanded the bush corridor by removing a former track that cut the bush in half, reducing the ‘edge effect’ of disturbance to wildlife.

 “The Trust is also initiating a monitoring program to track the numbers and diversity of wildlife attracted back to this location due to improved bushland habitat.

“We are also improving connection of the Parklands by providing an off- road pedestrian path from Symonds Road to Quakers Hill Parkway.

‘‘This keeps people safe by diverting them from using main roads.

‘‘As part of this work, we will construct a new bridge across Eastern Creek and create a new track connection to the M7.’’

As the area is characterised by horse agistment, the Trust is also investigating a suitable way to consolidate this type of land use with the results to be known later this year.

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