Renewed calls to complete full restoration of Hurley Park reservoir

Vital peice of history: Ken Ballman at the Hurley Park reservoir, located off Allman Street. Picture: Chris Lane
Vital peice of history: Ken Ballman at the Hurley Park reservoir, located off Allman Street. Picture: Chris Lane

The Hurley Park reservoir may not be much to look at now, but in the mid-1800s it was a one of, if not the most important structures in Campbelltown.

Built by convicts in the 1830s, the reservoir provided some of the area’s earliest residents with the drinking water they needed to survive.

After 50 years of service the structure became redundant and gradually deteriorated, with water instead being sourced from Kenny Hill.

Select parts – the reservoir wall and cattle tank – were restored but the silt talks which purified the water have been left to deteriorate.

Longtime Campbelltonian Ken Bellman has continually championed the “complete” restoration of the “one of a kind” reservoir.

“I’ve been a bit of a lone voice with this,” he said.

Mr Bellman said the council created a master plan for Hurley Park in 2006. It is unclear whether that masterplan included the restoration of the silt traps however the Advertiser has sought clarification from Campbelltown Council.

Still, no works on the silt traps occurred.

“Everyone is on my side but nothing ever gets done,” Mr Bellman said.

“Council partially restored the reservoir but I’d like to see it all complete.”

Mr Bellman said with Campbelltown set to celebrate its bicentenary in 2020, now was the perfect time to approach the state and federal government for funding to complete the project.

“The Endeavor (ship) replica was a bicentenary project to mark 200 years since Phillip landed in Sydney,” he said.

“Why doesn’t the council do something similar?

“Announce the project and go for the funding and it would help the chances (of getting the money needed).

“Let’s get it done.”

Mr Bellman said Hurley Park was largely unused but if the reservoir was completely restored – and other upgrades undertaken on the rest of the site – it could become a hot-spot for locals and out-of-towners.

A council description of the reservoir stated it was the last convict built structure in the district – if not the state.

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