MEDIA RELEASE - Newly opened community reserve unlocks hidden slice of stunning Sylvania waterfront

A stunning slice of the Sylvania waterfront has been opened to public access, with Sutherland Shire Council recently staging an official opening of newly created beautifully landscaped community garden, which extends from The Esplanade, Sylvania, cascading down to the banks of the Georges River.

Nestled at the northern end of The Esplanade, this picturesque foreshore reserve offers residents and visitors a tranquil waterfront location, designed to enjoy picnics, exercise, or simply relax and take in the breathtaking views.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce was joined yesterday by Ward C Councillors, Haris Strangas, Hassan Awada and Jen Armstrong as well as Council staff and contractors involved in the design and delivery of the project to officially open the new community facility.

Mayor Pesce said he was delighted that local residents and visitors to the area would now be able to enjoy ready access to the water’s edge, delivering a magnificent addition to Sylvania's waterfront landscape.

"The Esplanade Foreshore Reserve is a testament to our commitment to create an active community that enjoys safe, accessible, and diverse open spaces,” Mayor Pesce said.

“Part of this commitment involves searching for opportunities to purchase private land that can be repurposed and unlocked for community use as opportunities come on the market, and this project is one of the crowning achievements in this ongoing effort to provide more recreational green spaces for our community to enjoy.

“The newly created Esplanade Foreshore Reserve is a glowing example of how Council works towards achieving this goal. Our dedicated staff worked tirelessly to transform this concept into reality, and we couldn't be prouder of the outcome.”

The Esplanade Foreshore Reserve offers a range of attractions for visitors to enjoy, including sandstone logs for seating and play, safe and convenient access to the foreshore, ample open space for outdoor activities, picnic seating for family gatherings, plenty of shade under the canopy of beautiful trees, and a natural tidal pool for saltmarsh remediation. Convenient parking facilities are also available to enhance the visitor experience.

“We know there is strong demand from our community for more accessible open spaces, in particular along our beautiful waterfront, and with this new reserve we were delighted to deliver just that,” Mayor Pesce said.

“I know this area has already been well used by surrounding residents, but I would urge all members of the community to explore this beautiful piece of the Sutherland Shire – bring along your family, friends, and pets to enjoy this stunning new space that is now here for the whole community to enjoy!”