The sad but inevitable development of the old Edwin Davey Flour Mill by Ceerose into a “boutique” apartment building may have a silver lining. It offers an opportunity to re-landscape the surrounding area and provide pedestrian access between Jones Street and the Wentworth Park Light Rail. You could even connect the Wentworth Park Light Rail stop to Bulwara Road on the Pyrmont side.
Right now this area is very unfriendly for pedestrian access. To get to the base of the Edwain Davey Flour mill, and down to the lightrail, you have to go via Wattle Street. It would be amazing if pedestrians could get through to the lightrail and across to Pyrmont by walking down steps from the end of Jones Street.
Land-clearing has commenced at the Ceerose (flour mill) site - and this has revealed a little bit of stonework from the old Hellhole quarry. You can see here where there were steps from Jones Street going down to the quarry below (now a Council Depot). These were probably originally sandstone steps, but they have been concreted and bricked over. The larger blocks visible here are probably original sandstone blocks used in the old quarry, but the steps have been re-built more recently.
Pyrmont-Ultimo Landcare have discussed these pedestrian access possibilities with the developers, Ceerose, and with City of Sydney Council, but it remains to be seen what will be done.
Pyrmont-Ultimo Landcare have done great things with the land adjacent to the Wentworth Park light rail stop - the native bush regeneration has grown up beautifully in the area. You can really tell the difference it makes when you see fenced off areas that the Landcare group have not been able to access, like this one:
Nice old flour mill relics though…
The Edwin Davey building is pretty extroadinary. One corner of the building passes over the edge of the cliff - they built the brickwork all the way down to the bottom of the cliff… so the building and the cliff are composed together in this strange, integrated way. What a peculiar thing to decide to do. It’s such a tall wall it was hard to photograph.
With thanks to Ultimo local, Pauline.