Powells Creek (Sydney)

Powells Creek, a southern tributary of the Parramatta River, is an urban stream west of Sydney Harbour, located in Sydney, Australia. It flows through Sydney Olympic Park and joins Parramatta River at Homebush Bay.

Physical characteristics
  coordinates33°52′8.1552″S 151°5′27.6792″E
Source confluenceSaleyards Creek
  locationBressington Park, Bicentennial Park
  coordinates33°51′7.3152″S 151°4′55.2786″E
MouthParramatta River
Homebush Bay
33°50′22.3146″S 151°4′49.8792″E
Basin features
River systemParramatta River


Powells Creek begins as a concrete stormwater channel in the inner-western suburb of Strathfield, and flows north-west through the suburb of Homebush, past Bressington Park, where it joins Saleyards Creek.[1] Beyond this point its concrete walls do not continue, and it becomes a mangrove-lined stream, flowing through Bicentennial Park and emptying into Homebush Bay.[1][2]

In 2008 the City of Canada Bay called for community responses to the Powells Creek Renewal Project, that intended to improve the appearance of the creek upstream of the confluence with Saleyards Creek.[3] Canalisation of Powells Creek and Saleyards Creek in the 1930s affected salinity and pollution levels in nearby tidal wetlands. A drop board weir installed in 1998 has partly restored natural tidal flows.[4]

Once extensive, salt marsh borders of Powell's Creek have largely vanished with infilling and urbanisation. A local project seeking, and compiling information on the past of the land bordering Powell's Creek has been ongoing since 2008.[5]

See also


  1. Ambrose, Stephen (April 2009). "Vertebrate Fauna Study for the Strathfield Local Government Area" (PDF). Strathfield Council.
  2. "Parramatta River Estuary Data Compilation and Review Study" (PDF). Parramatta River Estuary Management Committee. July 2008. p. 15. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  3. "Powells Creek Renewal Project". City of Canada Bay. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  4. "Mason Park Plan of Management" (PDF). Strathfield Council. June 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  5. Past land use bordering Powell's Creek
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