ONE of the most iconic sites in TWT Territory – the World War One water reservoir in Drummoyne – is under threat of being demolished and the site sold off for high rise apartments.
The Weekly Times has learned Sydney Water could make a cash grab for the now fenced off site despite it being listed on the State Heritage Inventory and in the State Heritage Register.
City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas confirmed The Weekly Times information and local resident’s worse fears on Friday.
“The disturbing news is that Sydney Water is proposing to sell the Drummoyne Reservoir via the open market,” Mayor Tsirekas said.
“It is my view the sale of the site on the open market could lead to a number of undesirable consequences including that the heritage reservoir could be demolished and worst case scenario, replaced by high density residential development.”
Built in 1913 by the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, the reservoir supplied water to the locality until 1965 and was disconnected from the system in 1994.
Former Drummoyne MP John Murray identified it as one of Drummoyne’s top five most iconic buildings with Sir Thomas Henley “The Father of Drummoyne”, playing an instrumental role in the reservoir’s construction and the Edwardian era ornamental tower.
It must be saved
Mayor Tsirekas told The Weekly Times it must be saved at all cost.
“This reservoir and tower is a significant Sydney landmark as it is the only reservoir in Sydney with its tower surviving,” he said.
“I propose that Sydney Water restore and decontaminate the site and then dedicate it to Council to be used for public recreation and suitable adaptive reuse of the heritage structure.”
He said there are two primary schools and limited recreational space within the vicinity of the reservoir, where young children in Balmain Tigers jerseys have scored tries under the arches for more than one hundred years.
The Council has resolved to seek support from Drummoyne MP John Sidoti and the Minister for Heritage Gabrielle Upton to save the reservoir.
“A petition to save Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower will be available to sign at Council’s Drummoyne Civic Centre, our libraries in Five Dock and Concord and at Drummoyne Pool,” the Mayor said.
To help gather names for the petition, you can download a copy and print the petition from at THIS LINK