The environment display focussed on The Glebe Society’s long battle for community access to the foreshores of Glebe, and the establishment of parks along the foreshore and along Johnstons Creek and Orphan School Creek.
When the Glebe Society was formed in 1969, there was just one foreshore park, Marine Park (now Pope Paul VI Park) at the end of Glebe Point Rd. The rest of the foreshore was crowded with timberyards and factories. As the industries moved out and the home unit developers moved in, the Glebe Society lobbied for foreshore parks to be established. Some, like Bicentennial Park and Orphan School Creek, were the result of years of lobbying. Others, like Blackwattle Park, were essentially the result of community guerrilla action, with tree planting and festivals, and local protests.
The result is 2.2 kilometres of well-used foreshore walk, planted with hundreds of species of locally indigenous plants.
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