Location Gosling Creek (between Spring Creek Reservoir and Cadia Road).
Statement of Significance
The watercourse of this section of Gosling Creek has significance attached to its history; the engineering works associated with Spring Creek and Gosling Creek Reservoirs; the changing environment of its reserves; and as a recreational space.
Gosling Creek Reservoir was opened in 1890 and was the first of Orange’s water supply reservoirs. Its construction was followed by Meadow Creek Dam (Lake Canobolas) in 1918 and Spring Creek Reservoir in 1931. Suma Park Dam opened in 1962 as Orange’s primary water supply with Spring Creek forming a secondary supply. Spring Creek Reservoir is currently being upgraded. The development of Orange’s water supply system is a significant theme in the history of the development of Orange.
Under the Orange City Council’s Gosling Creek Masterplan the reserve area surrounding Gosling Creek Reservoir is being developed as an environmentally based recreation facility. Playing fields, a pedestrian/ cycle way system, a playground and passive recreation areas are located within Gosling Creek Reserve and the adjacent Bloomfield Park. The reserve area has been progressively reclaimed from a Pine plantation and bush regeneration work is under way. A large indigenous public artwork project depicting a platypus (an important animal for the Wiradjuri people) has been initiated.
Objects and Elements: Gosling Creek System (A)
Spring Creek Reservoir
Located at the junction of Spring Creek and Gosling Creek. The reservoir opened in 1931 and still forms part of Orange’s water supply with a capacity of 4,500 megalitres. The reservoir has a large surface area, but the topography of the surrounding area largely obscures it from view from the adjacent roads.
Gosling Creek Reservoir: Dam Wall
The dam wall was completed in 1890 and spans the Eastern end of the reservoir. The reservoir is now stocked with perch and trout for recreational fishing.
Gosling Creek Reserve: Playground
A playground has been developed near the foreshore and enhances the social significance of the reserve as a recreational area.