The Green­way/Mac­quarie Wharf

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - By Pa­trica Schwartz

Did you know that the re­mains of what is prob­a­bly the old­est ex­ist­ing wharf in Aus­tralia can be found in Wind­sor? The wharf was com­mis­sioned by Gover­nor Mac­quarie and de­signed by Fran­cis Green­way and built by 1820. These re­mains are ev­i­dence of the im­por­tance of river trade in the early days of the colony. The wharf ran par­al­lel to the bank and was de­signed to al­low cargo ves­sels of up to 100 tons to pull along­side. Car­gos would be loaded from or onto drays de­pend­ing whether goods were be­ing de­liv­ered or farm pro­duce was be­ing sent to Sydney.

Part of the con­struc­tion in­fra­struc­ture for the Wind­sor bridge re­place­ment project will go where the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains of the Mac­quarie Wharf are to be found.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact Study for the Wind­sor Bridge Re­place­ment Project states” RMS recog­nises that the project has the po­ten­tial to have a range of ad­verse ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity of Wind­sor, in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to im­pacts on her­itage, traf­fic and trans­port, land­scape char­ac­ter, and the so­cioe­co­nomic en­vi­ron­ment. Fur­ther­more, it is con­sid­ered that the im­pacts of the project on the his­toric her­itage are likely to be sig­nif­i­cant, with di­rect im­pacts on State Her­itage Reg­is­ter listed Thomp­son Square Con­ser­va­tion Area and other State and lo­cal her­itage items.”

Be­cause of the con­tro­ver­sial na­ture of the Wind­sor Bridge Re­place­ment project a Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee will en­quire into and re­port on the ex­pen­di­ture, per­for­mance and ef­fec­tive­ness of The Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices’ Wind­sor Bridge Re­place­ment Project. The com­mu­nity are in­vited to make sub­mis­sions un­til 28th Jan 2018 to www.par­lia­ment.gov.au/wind­sor­bridge

When asked about this en­quiry a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Com­mu­nity Ac­tion for Wind­sor Bridge said “CAWB is thrilled a par­lia­men­tary en­quiry is to be held into the Wind­sor Bridge Re­place­ment Project. This en­quiry will hold the RMS to ac­count and the truth will be re­vealed for all to see.”

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