Issues: Barnetts Reserve
Barnetts Reserve lookout has long been a "must see" for tourists visiting Berowra. Over the last year or so, Ken Blade, senior ranger with NPWS, and his team have made many improvements, and now the lookout is wheelchair and pram friendly.
The winding concrete path is cream coloured to comply with standards for disabled access. There are picnic facilities and play equipment for children. The area in the middle has been planted with native grass (Microlaena stipoides), and will eventually be suitable for weddings and similar outdoor functions. There has already been one wedding.
We are now anticipating the construction of a toilet block which will be more convenient for park users, especially the disabled.
B&DCA is concerned that the promised toilet block has yet to be built, and that NPWS are saying at management level that the Reserve is not a suitable place for one. This is despite picnic facilities being now in place, including a special bubbly water tap that is suitable for use by the disabled. Fred and Pat Mancer, along with Chairperson John Farquhar, met local MP Judy Hopwood to canvas the matter. We want to see this project carried through to completion.
We're currently organising a petition to be preseented to State Parliament in an effort to get funding for this facility and to further promote Berowra to a wider group.