This consultation is now closed. We will be reviewing community feedback and will present final designs in 2020.

We’re making it easier to splash about in Brays Bay. Water you waiting for?

We are thrilled to announce plans for a $5 million McIlwaine Park foreshore upgrade and Brays Bay river access project in Rhodes. The projects seeks to make it easier to splash about in the Parramatta River.

Funded by the Department of Planning and Environment, the facilities will include a launch facility and foreshore access improvements so that visitors can enjoy kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and other fun water activities.

We are committed to working with the community to create a great place where everyone can dip in and enjoy our open river, and we are currently asking for feedback on the proposed designs we have drafted, as well as insights into how our community uses the park, and possible areas for improvement into the future.

We encourage you to contribute your ideas online below now, or to come along to our riverside community day to enjoy a free coffee and lunch while learning about the project and future plans.

What exactly is being delivered?

The River Activation and Foreshore Upgrade project is proposing:

  • Upgrades to the foreshore areas of the park to provide a new accessible pathway along the foreshore;
  • Naturalised riverbank from the land into the water;
  • A launch facility for water activities such as kayaking, rowing and stand-up paddle boarding.

What you can provide feedback on:

Our survey is seeking your input on how you currently use the park, what your thoughts are on the draft designs and layout of the upgrades, and your opinions on Parramatta River and plans to make the river swimmable by 2025.

Our consultation promise

Throughout this project, we will keep the community informed, will listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations and provide feedback on how public input influenced our decisions moving forward.

What happens next?

We will incorporate your feedback into the final designs for the upgrades, as well as consider your opinions regarding current and future usage of the park and Parramatta River at Brays Bay as we work with the Parramatta River Catchment Group to make the river swimmable by 2025. We will ask the community for feedback on the final designs in October/November 2019.

Share your feedback

Please note: simplified Chinese and Korean survey translations and FAQs are available in our document library on this page. If you would prefer to print out and return your survey, please email it to

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