Development of a 4.2 kilometre walking trail around Como highlighting flora, fauna and local heritage items.
Reason for works
Como has some true gems in regard to heritage, both in natural and built form. Council has mapped a 4.2 kilometre circuit known as The Como Heritage and Environment Trail through the local streets, reserves and bushland of Como highlighting heritage features, remembering former sites, and identifying local flora and fauna species.
This Trail was first identified in the Conservation and Management Plan prepared prior to works at Como Pleasure Ground in the early 2000s. The circuit is for walkers or cyclists as sections of the Trail are off-road through Paruna Bushland Reserve which overlooks the confluence of the Georges and Woronora Rivers and has some of the most spectacular views in the Shire.
The Trail is a self-guided walk that will be clearly signposted with timber markers and distances.
Along the Trail eight (8) new interpretative panels have been located to highlight items of local and state heritage significance. Some of these include, the iconic Como Railway Bridge, Como Hotel and Como Public School and natural landscapes include the Como Pleasure Grounds, Scylla Bay and Paruna Reserve.
The area was originally inhabited by the Dharawal people and two of the interpretation panels retell local stories that have been handed down from generation to generation.
You can complete the Trail in one go, a walk of up to 3 1/2 hours or, in smaller sections, as you can jump onto it at any point. The markers will indicate the distances in either direction, you wish travel.
Scope of works
- Preparation of the Heritage Report
- Identification of interpretation panel locations and themes
- Graphic design works for panels
- Manufacture and installation of timber markers, signs and interpretative panels
- Bush regeneration works in Paruna Reserve
- Installation of hand rail at entry to Paruna Reserve in Central Ave
- Development of dedicated web link for the Como Heritage Trail from Council’s homepage.
In addition, Council will investigate the provision of a:
Council is preparing a ‘web map or virtual map’ where you will be able to view (online) what you can expect to see along the journey. Each point along this map can be clicked to view old and current photos of the site and a description of the location.
The compilation of photos from private collectors and Council’s Local Studies Library which may be linked.
The Delivery Milestones are:
- Preparation of the Heritage Report by Heritage Consultants – complete
- Mapping of the Como Heritage Trail – complete
- Development of the interpretative stories – complete
- Graphic Design of signs – complete
- Consultation and approvals for use of stories with the Local Aboriginal Advisory Committee – complete
- Paruna Reserve track clearing – May 2019 - complete
- Installation of the interpretative signs – expected completion May 2019 - complete
- Installation of the timber wayfinding markers – May 2019 - complete
- Development of the online virtual tour – June 2019 - complete
- Compilation of the historic images for the webpage – June 2019 - complete
- Dedicated 'Trail' webpage – August 2019
Public impacts during construction
There may be limited noise associated with the clearing of overgrown sections of track or the handrail installation. No other disruptions are anticipated.
This project is funded by Sutherland Shire Council.