Situated on the foreshores of the Georges river around Gungah Bay the reserve can be accessed from several suburban streets around Oatley & Oatley West ( Mulga Rd, Mimosa St, Woronora St.). The reserve includes an extensive mangrove area and bushland. The site of the former Oatley Bowling club is also located within the reserve. The future use of the site is yet to be determined after the club’s closure in 2003
History of Site
Area was originally to be sub-divided, but it was difficult to continue Yarran Road to Mulga Road due to swampy conditions. Myles Dunphy (early conservation activist who was a local resident ) approached Hurstville Municipal Council with a view to turn the land into a reserve. HMC then wanted to resume the blocks of land, but these were owned by servicemen at the second world war.The properties were eventually resumed anyway, but on condition that the land was to be zoned as “parkland”. It was gazetted as a “Reserve” (probably before the end of the war).
See Friends of Oatley website for more details
Ecological significance of Site
Myles Dunphy Reserve remains an important refuge for the remnant flora – See Bush Care
Myles Dunphy Reserve provides an important corridor for wildlife habitation.
Activities carried on the reserve
- Bushcare – Hurstville City Council & Volunteers
- Stream Watch – Sydney Water
- River Health Testing – Georges River combined Councils
- Flying Fox Camp Monitoring - Geoff Francis
It is disappointing that the Georges River Council is pursuing action to alienate public land. A development application to consolidate the lots at the former Oatley Bowling Club (OBC) site was approved (9/9/16) by the Independent Hearing Assessment Panel (IHAP). Despite the consolidation, the OBC site is STILL in Myles Dunphy Reserve.