Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Who was Simmo?

Have you ever swam at or just seen the signs to Simmo's Beach at Macquarie Fields and wondered who was Simmo? Bob Simmonds was a notorious sand miner along the Georges River in the 1950s. Although a likeable rogue, Bob's activities were illegal. The sand he mined was sold for building uses in Sydney and digging for it became a local growth industry. By the late 1960s there was a push to stamp out these dredging operations. Regeneration of the bushland was later undertaken by Campbelltown Council. The Simmo's Beach Recreation Reserve was opened in 1986. It won the Keep Australia Beautiful Council's February Suburban award in that same year.

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