Plans to transform Ingleburn Reserve into weekend destination

There will soon be a new destination for weekend day-trips with Campbelltown Council set to transform Ingleburn Reserve.

The council hopes to revitalise the site into a fun location for families and friends to enjoy the outdoors and nature.

The community is being asked to share their thoughts on a draft concept plan for the site during the consultation, which runs until August 7.

The $1.5 million project includes environmental improvements such as weed control and tree planting as wlel as upgrades to tracks and trails, access paths, picnic facilities, roads, parking and signage.

It is expected to be completed in June next year.

The draft concept plan aims to celebrate the many important animal species that live in the area as well as acknowledging the local European and Aboriginal history.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said the Covid-19 restrictions had changed people's weekend habits and locals were more interested in exploring nature.

"With shops and parks shut, people went into the outdoors more, with bushwalking and things like that," he said.

"Ingleburn Reserve is one of our hidden gems that provides a clear pathway to the Georges River and is a great spot for picnicking, swimming, bushwalking and birdwatching.

"These upgrades will not only ensure the local fauna and flora benefit from the improvements made, but that people will also be better able to enjoy Campbelltown's natural environment."

Cr Brticevic said a host of new koala-feed trees would be planted at the reserve in August, as part of the council's commitment to protecting koalas and helping the chlamydia-free local population to flourish.

"A key part of our Koalatown initiative is to support our harmonious coexistence with the koalas living and traversing our area and this project will help achieve that by making significant environmental improvements to the area," he said.

More details are available on the council's website.