Ashbury - water tower
The Ashbury water tower is a heritage-listed water tower located at Holden Street, Ashbury, City of Canterbury-Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia. It was designed and built by the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage and completed in 1912.
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The Ashbury water tower is a cylindrical brick structure with a concrete roof. It is 17.5 metres (57 ft) tall and has a capacity of 1.12 megalitres (247,000 imp gal; 294,000 US gal). The tower is supported by four concrete columns and has a spiral staircase that leads to the top.The Ashbury water tower is a significant example of early 20th century water supply engineering. It is also a prominent landmark in the Ashbury area. The Ashbury water tower was decommissioned from service in 2004, but it remains a significant heritage landmark. The tower is currently owned by Sydney Water and is leased to the Ashbury Water Tower Community Group. The group is working to restore and preserve the tower and to open it to the public for tours and events.
In 2023, the Canterbury-Bankstown City Council proposed to rezone the land around the Ashbury water tower for residential development. The Ashbury Water Tower Community Group opposed the proposal, arguing that it would threaten the heritage significance of the tower and its surrounds. The proposal was ultimately withdrawn. The Ashbury water tower is a reminder of the important role that water towers played in the development of Sydney's water supply system. It is also a valuable cultural heritage asset that is worth preserving for future generations.