Fred Hollows Reserve
A footbridge located in the Fred Hollows Reserve
Fred Hollows Reserve is located in New South Wales
Fred Hollows Reserve
Fred Hollows Reserve
State New South Wales
Nearest town or city Randwick
Coordinates
Area 0.02 km2 (0.0 sq mi)[1]
Established circa 1993 (1993)[2]
Managing authorities Randwick City Council
Website Fred Hollows Reserve

The Fred Hollows Reserve is a local government–adminstered reserve that is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The 2-hectare (4.9-acre) reserve is situated in a natural area in Glebe Gully in Randwick and is the result of conservation efforts by the Randwick City Council, since 1993, in a hilly part of the Coogee Basin. The park follows a gully from Alison Road to Clovelly Road.[1]

Description

The native life in the gully deteriorated in the 1970s from neglect and the deposition of urban refuse. Weeding and replanting have restored much of the native flora and fauna.[3]

The gully faces south away from the sun, forming a closed canopy and a relatively fire free habitat, which contrasts with the nearby urban area and busy traffic. Flora includes various ferns such as False Bracken, Maidenhair Fern, Binung and Gristle Fern as well as grasses and Banksias. Other noteworthy species include Coachwood, Lillypilly, Magenta Cherry, Scentess Rosewood, Callicoma, Muttonwood, Five-leaved Water Vine, Bleeding Heart and the locally scarce Corkwood and Sydney Peppermint.

Lizards, frogs, and a wide variety of birds are known to live in the gorge. Some of the local inhabitants include Glebe Gully Skinks, Rainbow Lorikeet, Welcome Swallow, Kookaburra, Pied Currawong, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Magpie and many others.[2]

The council built a boardwalk and footbridge along and across the creek, so it is now a pleasant thirty-minute walk up the gorge from Alison Road to Bligh Place. The entrance to the park is 150 metres west of Carrington Road along the north side of Alison Road.

The reserve was named in 1993 in honour of Fred Hollows, an ophthalmologist who lived in the area.[2] Hollows is renown for restoring the sight of thousands of people in Australia and overseas.[4][5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Fred Hollows Reserve". Facilities & recreation.  
  2. ^ a b c "Fred Hollows Reserve: Fact Sheet".  
  3. ^ "Bruce Notley-Smith secures $100,000 for Fred Hollows Reserve". Street Corner. 
  4. ^ Ruit, S.; Brian, G.;  
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