Internal pathways and strategically placed entry points are very important for access to public sites at Little Bay Cove and Prince Henry.  There are a number of community and public spaces within the sites including: Little Bay Cove Geological dig – Paleo Valley; Little Bay Cove Water Feature & Waterbird Habitat; Little Bay Cove ‘Solarch’ site; Prince Henry Community Centre; Prince Henry Coast Seniors;  Prince Henry Retired Nurses Museum; Prince Henry Chapel; Little Bay Beach; The Coast Golf Club; Bob a Day park.

Little Bay Cove site on the eastern side of Anzac Parade at Little Bay and adjacent to Kooloora is currently zoned 5 (Special Uses) under RLEP. The land, with a total area of 17 ha, was formerly owned by UNSW and previously used for sporting fields and research purposes.  The site is partially covered by the Prince Henry heritage conservation area and contains 0.62 ha of ESBS remnants and a heritage listed geological site and a registered Ochre Site. (Photos above of Geological Site – link to Heritage Listing)

From the Randwick City Council Prince Henry DCP:

The Little Bay Geological site is a site of national significance and provides evidence of topography, relative sea level, vertical land movements and coastal landscape prior to the formation of Sydney Harbour and other coastal valleys (refer to the CMP, and Little Bay Geological Site SECP and Plan of Management)…… Those areas of the Little Bay Geological site and the Potential Ochre site within the Prince Henry site are to be managed together with those areas on adjacent lands.

Reference is also made to interpretation of the Geological site.  During the Miocene the sea level was many metres higher than today.  An interpretive sign at the site would be useful for generating interest in climate change.  Likewise a commemorative art piece to mark the site where Solarch stood would be helpful in highlighting the importance of renewable energy.   Solarch was one of the first buildings in NSW to generate green power and has a significant place in the history of PV development at the UNSW.  It is deserving of a memorial.

A formal Heritage walk, supported by a printed brochure and/or illustrated on Council’s website, linking sites within the two complexes could be established.  This could also include art works such as the “Sewing Machine” commemorating the heritage listed Sewing Room which burnt down early in the redevelopment of Prince Henry.  A part of the walk could be incorporated as a loop on the Coastal Walk.

(Photos above – Solarch (see link to story) and memorial for Sewing Room

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