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Garden of the World – Gough Whitlam Park

One of Sydneys best kept natural secrets, Gough Whitlam Park is a beautiful, little know peaceful waterway retreat on the on the banks of the cook river in Earlwood.

Image courtesy of Weekend Notes https://www.weekendnotes.com/gough-whitlam-park/

Peace in a public space

Originally owned by a convict pardoned by the state, this piece of land came into the possession of the Department of Public Works and was purportedly used for the storage of building materials used in the maintenance and construction of the river banks, including the disposal of dredging from the river.

Labeled unfit for development in the early 1900s due to the smell of naturally rotting vegetation in the often stagnant waterway, It was donated to Canterbury Council in 1978 and Council transformed the area into parkland not long after.

Creating a garden Mosaic

Council named the area Gough Whitlam Park in December 1982 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the election of the Whitlam government.

The Garden of the World “was designed to Botanically represent the Cultural Diversity of the City of Canterbury” situated in  Gough Whitlam park and heralds its central tennants of Respect, Unit and Peace. The design of the landscape feature and gardens were done in partnership with the residents and community groups in the Canterbury electorate.

The landscaping works of the garden were completed in 2009 to compliment the theme of “Respect Unity Peace” already enshrined on indigenous mosaic which had been installed earlier, on 22 October 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sixth in a series of street mosaics commissioned by Council, the mosaics paid tribute to the local leader of aboriginal resistance, Pemulwy and his son, Tedbury. The mosaics portray the original Cooks River with native fish, local middens with sea shells in secret places, native animals that used to live in the area and hand stencils from a local rock shelter.

Today, the mosaic and landscaping feature is located near the Cooks River cycle path and the bridge over the creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paying tribute to the original custodians

The garden mosaic also recognised and celebrated the original custodians of the area, the Bediagal people. The native low lying grasses and golden ‘yellow sienna‘ natural stone wasand we pay our respect to them.

Mr Whitlam unveiled a plaque which acknowledged his Federal Government’s assistance to Canterbury Council during its term in office.

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous Pathway project and provide any more information as required.

Babworth House Heritage Listed Paving

Here is another stunning heritage project that was completed in 2010 on instruction from the NSW office of Environment and Heritage.

The large scale job was one of the oldest StoneSet projects in Australia, together with Ashton house which is also located on the foreshore of Sydney harbour. Installed using a iron red glensanda stone thee StoneSet driveway was the only option for the driveway approved by the National Heritage Board.

The team had to do significant prep work, including chisling out around existing drainage, given the decades of compaction, the paving was rock solid. In order to finish flush up agains some of the existing spoon drains and guttering, we needed to get a depth low enough to ensure a durable finish for the long term.

StoneSet were also involved in making custom drain panels which can be seen in the photos, so as to create a continuous surface and keep in line with heritage appearance but allowing manhole access to modern upgrades in utilities that had evolved with the property.

Babworth house has seen a long line of change of ownership and subdivision. The government owned heritage listed component around the estate proper is where StoneSet installed the porous natural stone paving.

It is estimated the stone that we replaced at the residence could have been more than 6 years old, as the stone was continually replaced, however low usage given the property was not accessible to the general public for most of the century.

From Wikipedia

Originally known by its Aboriginal name Yarranabbee, in a suburb named after the governors wife, “Mrs Darling Point”

In the early 1800’s the land  was advertised with “Villa allotments” were advertised for sale and was purchased by William Macdonald, who named his purchase Mount Adelaide and spent considerable amounts of money on it, although no residence had been built by the time he put it up for sale in 1837. 

In 1912 the old house had been pulled down and plans prepared for the new residence. A brief description in the Sydney Morning Herald gave some idea about the character of the new house: ‘The building, which will contain about 40 rooms.. when complete the building should be one of the finest residences in Sydney.’[1]

The house was on a grand scale with high quality finishes and it appears that it was not until 1915 that Samuel Hordern and his family took up residence in their new home, called Babworth House. Its style and location were sure marks of a class of commercial entrepreneurs which had established itself as part of the Sydney social elite.

Babworth House is sited on the highest point of the Darling Point peninsula. The house is two storey with walls finished in finely worked, unpainted, cement render with beautifully detailed Art Nouveau-inspired decorations around openings and chimneys.

 

 

Ashbury Porous Driveway

This Private porous driveway was installed using Glensanda stone on 30/10/19.

StoneSet used a Glensanda colour stone bound with StoneSets’ premium polyurethane resin. This mix has been used for more than 10 years across all states, by Australia’s longest running porous paving company.

See more Porous driveways near Ashbury

Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for School ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on Schools we’ve done and see photos of these projects here.

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number 5718, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous School project and provide any more information as required.

Tan Porous Pebble Pool Paving

This Private Pool surround area School was installed by StoneSet on 16/7/18.

StoneSet used a tan colour stone bound with StoneSets’ premium polyurethane resin. This mix has been used for more than 10 years across all states, by Australia’s longest running porous paving company.

See more Pool resurfacing projects

Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for School ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on Schools weve done and see photos of these projects here.

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number 3968, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous School project and provide any more information as required.

Victorian Pearl Driveway Resurfacing Sylvania

This Private driveway was resurfaced using Victorian pearl stone on 30/10/19.

StoneSet used a Victorian Pearl colour stone bound with StoneSets’ premium polyurethane resin. This mix has been used for more than 10 years across all states, by Australia’s longest running porous paving company.

See more Permeable driveways near Sylvania

Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for School ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on Schools we’ve done and see photos of these projects here.

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number 5718, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous School project and provide any more information as required.

Truck Drivers Memorial Grounds, Tarcutta

This truck drivers memorial was commissioned under the Australian Truck Drivers Memorial Inc, a non-profit organisation, run by a voluntary committee which relies on donations and sponsorship to provide and maintain the upkeep of the wall.

The Memorial Wall is situated at the Southern end of the park in the main street of the small township of Tarcutta in New South Wales Australia, midway between Sydney & Melbourne.

This site was chosen as the town has a long historical association with the transport industry and was situated beside the Hume Highway until the Tarcutta Bypass opened in late 2011.

Thousands gather each year to show their respect at the annual memorial service in October.

The memorial wall holds the names of many who lost their lives during their line of duty whilst working for the transport industry – some driving, some whilst loading and unloading and from a wide range of years. With the inclusion of the new “In Memory Of” wall, families of drivers are now able to have the names of their loved ones who have died of illness or natural causes included.

The Australian Truck Drivers’ Memorial committee encourages Truck Drivers and other road users to undertake initiatives to reduce road accidents by encouraging Safe Driving on our roads.

Our mix of Charcoal, Ash and Arctic revitalised this driveway and the

See more Porous Pathways near Church Point

Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for Pathway ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on Pathways weve done and see photos of these projects here.

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number 3747, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous Pathway project and provide any more information as required.

Decorative Glass Porous Paving at Brelsford Park

A previously neglected area of the city, Brelsford Park was in need of rejuvenation. With many residents to cater for, Brelsford Park needed to become a place where families could gather and enjoy the facilities of a modern playground.

Creating unique paving for Coffs. 

As part of the economic stimulus plan, Coffs Harbour City Council was provided with funds to build a new playground for families in the local area. With high expectations from members of the public for top class facilities, the pressure was on to deliver and ensure Brelsford Park wasn’t just another playground but an adventure wonderland! Right in the heart of the city, Brelsford Park would draw crowds and provide a free family attraction to be enjoyed by the whole community.

Creating a fun and functional playground requires something special, so plain pathways and paving wouldn’t cut it. With plans for dragons, colour and crustaceans, StoneSet were called in to help the transformation.

Why StoneSet?
Although StoneSet offers a wide range of natural aggregate, coloured recycled glass is becoming more and more popular. StoneSet uses a recycled glass system where clear glass is pigmented with colour. Inevitably the top layer of paving will always be worn down through day-to-day use but because of this pigmentation, StoneSet won’t fade. StoneSet’s resin technology also guarantees against UV degradation so you’re guarded against yellowing. With so many colours to choose from, StoneSet offers you the chance to get really creative.

StoneSet is easily used to create all sorts of designs, from basic shapes to company logos and detailed murals. Easy and quick to lay, you can achieve fantastic results with no hassle.

As well as having aesthetic qualities, StoneSet is a practical, hardwearing paving that is guaranteed for ten years. All StoneSet products are fully permeable, assisting with puddling and storm water runoff. StoneSet is also bound so there’s no loose gravel to be kicked around; a huge bonus for anyone looking for a low maintenance paving system.

Solution
A team of two laid a total of 20m2 of material over a period of 3 days. In total this project used 10 different varieties of coloured recycled glass. MDF stencils, computer cut from CAD drawings, were incorporated to help create all of the different shapes that were required.

Result
The StoneSet finish was simply stunning, the intricate details of the underwater scene being particularly impressive. The fun and functional paving not only created a permeable, hardwearing surface but murals to inspire the imagination of youngsters as they play. Truly a paving

Charcoal Pool Surrounds

This Private area Pool Surround was installed by StoneSet on 18/1/18.

StoneSet used a charcoal colour stone bound with StoneSets’ premium polyurethane resin. This mix has been used for more than 10 years across all states, by Australia’s longest running porous paving company.

See more Overlay Pool Surrounds near Eltham

Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for Pool Surround ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on Pool Surrounds weve done and see photos of these projects here.

If you would like more information on this particular Overlay pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number 9999 Charcoal Pool, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous Pool Surround project and provide any more information as required.

Tree surrounds at St Benedicts Catholic College

This Public area School was installed by StoneSet on 12/5/19.

StoneSet used a koonunga colour stone bound with StoneSets’ premium polyurethane resin. This mix has been used for more than 10 years across all states, by Australia’s longest running porous paving company.

See more Porous Schools near Oran Park

Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for School ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on Schools weve done and see photos of these projects here.

If you would like more information on this particular Porous pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number 5718, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous School project and provide any more information as required.

Elizabeth Bay Marina Porous Paving

This Public area Pathway was installed by StoneSet on 4/4/18.

StoneSet used a tan bundaberg colour stone bound with StoneSets’ premium polyurethane resin. This mix has been used for more than 10 years across all states, by Australia’s longest running porous paving company.

See more Overlay Pathways near Elizabeth Bay

Resin bound stone is not one of the first things that comes to mind when looking for Pathway ideas and particularly when paving over existing hard surfaces. You can read more detail on Pathways weve done and see photos of these projects here.

If you would like more information on this particular Overlay pavement project, please contact us on 1300 392 155 and quote the job reference number 3376, we would be more than happy to discuss similarities in your porous Pathway project and provide any more information as required.