The Cadigal and Wangal people
The Inner West Environment Group acknowledges that the corridor we are establishing runs through the lands of the Cadigal and Wangal clans of the Eora nation. Hawthorne Canal, formerly called Long Cove Creek, was the boundary between the Cadigal and the Wangal peoples’ lands.
IWEG is a not-for-profit, incorporated organisation that was set up in 2000 by a group of passionate and energetic people who shared an audacious vision of bringing back bushland into one of the most highly urbanised landscapes in Australia.
To some, it appeared the group had very little to work with: a few scraps of weed-infested landed squeezed along the old freight rail corridor from Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield.
But these pioneers saw a rare chance to create a bush link between the Cooks River and Sydney Harbour by replanting these spaces with species of the Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest that once thrived in the inner west’s clay soils.
The group has now established four sites along the rail corridor at Dulwich Hill – at the ends of Davis,Pigott and Little streets and beside the Waratah Mills apartment block.
We established sites at Cadigal Reserve, Summer Hill, Lords Rd, Leichhardt, and Richard Murden Reserve, Haberfield. Cadigal and Richard Murden are now maintained by Greenway Bushcare (see the Greenway website for working bee details). We also have other sites on the drawing board along the light rail corridor.