Heritage listing for Badangi reserves

A view of Badangi Reserve from Berry Island on a sunny day: thick bushland and a small beach where the bush meets the harbour water, with green grass in the foreground.

Foreshore bushland home to a Cammeraygal rock engraving and the only natural creek line left on Sydney Harbour has been listed on the State Heritage Register.

The listing of Badangi Reserve and surrounding bushland recognises the area's natural beauty, its social and cultural importance, and the need to preserve it.

Council worked with Heritage NSW and neighbouring Lane Cove Council to include Badangi Reserve, Berry Island, Gore Cove Reserve, Milray Reserve and Smoothey Park in the listing, together with three sites within Lane Cove LGA (Holloway Reserve, Greendale Park and Manns Point).

The listing recognises several features of the area, including:

  • deep links to the Cammeraygal people and cultural heritage including middens, grinding grooves and a large rock engraving on Berry Island
  • the only remaining natural creek line and estuary left on Sydney Harbour
  • association with celebrated artists who have depicted the place in their art
  • social significance as a recreational space
  • military use during World War 2, when Berry Island housed a search light.

It also protects the public ownership of the site, ensuring its conservation for ecological purposes and as open space for the community and visitors to enjoy.

Published: 7 December 2023