The Walka Water Works is a 118ha area of public land adjoining the Hunter River about 2km north of Maitland. The site incorporates a rare combination of heritage values associated with the Water Works, which began operating in 1887 as the first water supply to Newcastle. The natural and cultural landscape values of the site provide a wide range of recreation opportunities.
Corkery Consulting was engaged by Maitland City Council to prepare a Master Plan, Plan of Management and draft Business Plan to provide a framework for the future use, enhancement and management of both Crown Land and Council-owned land as an integrated single asset.
Risk factors associated with the site that are addressed in the POM include flooding, stormwater quality, site contamination and bushfire.
Community consultation was a key component of the POM and included public workshops, briefing members of Council and responding to submissions from community groups and individuals.
The POM aims to achieve sustainable management of the site for both current and future generations. It provides an integrated planning and management approach that balances environmental, heritage, social, and economic values associated with the site to effectively meet community needs and aspirations over time.
Key components of the Master Plan include:
- Public recreation
- Conservation & interpretation of cultural heritage values
- Environmental education & interpretation
- Cultural events & celebrations
- Performing & visual arts
- Linkages (physical & social) to adjoining areas including Maitland
- Ecological values conservation & enhancement
- Financial viability