As I came to the junction of the canal and Styx Creek, the point where it bends into Throsby Creek, I saw something move that was unfamiliar. It was standing on the edge of the trough but the sun was shining low and acute making the wet concrete glare. I shaded my eyes and distracted Jambo with a treat while I tried to make out its silhouette.
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It stood apart from the herons and ibis, the ducks and magpie larks. In pro- file it was dark, charcoal grey, but when it turned the sun caught its flank and I could make out dappling in tawny and chestnut. It was a bittern. Perhaps you have to be a certain kind of person to get excited about a bittern, but I am that kind of person. It always was and always will be.
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The water park idea stayed with me and I tried to make it happen. But there were major obstacles to creating a water park and getting people into the creeks: The prospect of people slipping on wet concrete or being swept away to darkest Carrington had the same cringe-inducing power over a councillor as garlic does on a vampire.
For example, most people walking, skateboarding or cycling along. It needed an immense act of collective reinvention, but we did it. And we did it again.
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Newcastle is now recognised as a world leader in this technology, our planners and hydrologers are working on similar flood-threatened cities from Los Angeles to Manila. That view upstream towards New Lambton and Kotara, that gun—barrel-straight concrete channel that was the old Styx Creek, the one that I used to think of as my favourite worst view of Newcastle.
Jambo and I turn downstream. He no longer chases the ducks and the herons, even though there are now more along this reach of the creek than either of us could have imagined a decade ago. It has inspired him to write a book about Styx Creek and establish a regularly updated web log to tell people what he finds there and his thoughts while exploring.
It is bizarrely unnatural and natural at the same time. One of his favourite places along the Styx is the Chatham Road bridge, near his home in Hamilton North. That the tide still moves in the harsh world of the man-made drain is an example to MacLean of the power of water, that it never forgets its original course.
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He is reminded of the threads of waterways around the city that have been cemented over. In the city we are gradually dissociated from the natural world but underneath the city is a marshland. Separate different tags with a comma. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes.
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