Campbelltown residents have staked their claim to a big thing for their city: the Big Ditch as they now commonly refer to the Billabong.

The good news is that the ‘ditch’ is being filled and work has now started on the landscaping and building features of the $31 million Campbelltown Billabong Parklands.

And an opening date could finally be in sight. Following the appointment of Landscape Solutions as main landscape and building contractor, completion expected in the third quarter of the 2023/2024 financial year, subject to weather.

“We understand the community is eager to see construction on the Campbelltown Billabong Parklands complete, however our key focus has to be on ensuring the project is delivered on-budget and to a high standard,” Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss said.

Several challenges, including the current pressures and material shortages being experienced across the construction industry, resulted in a complex negotiation phase to appoint a main works contractor, which was extended beyond the initial planned timeframe.

“The Billabong represents a fantastic long-term investment in a recreation space that will be a meeting place for locals and a destination for the region,” Cr Greiss said.

“I look forward to a grand opening shortly after construction is complete to welcome the community for the first time.”

The recently completed pool structure includes more than 300,000 individually laid Sukabumi stone tiles, which bring out a range of vibrant green tones in the water to reflect the natural water features of the Dharawal National Park, on which the design of the Billabong Parklands is based.

Construction is also continuing on the $4 million public parks that will mark the entrances to the Parklands.