In the early 1800s a range of light industries operated in the Homebush Bay area. These included a slaughterhouse, saltworks, tweed mill, flour mill and a limekiln. At the turn of the century the area became home to a naval armaments depot, state abattoirs, state brickworks and later a chemical company. Further expansion of industrial use led to environmental degradation and far reaching environmental change. In recent years industrial development has taken the form of warehousing space.
From 1969 large areas of the Newington armaments depot (particularly the wetlands) were used for waste disposal. What impact may this dumping have had on nearby waterways?
Why would much of the Homebush Bay area have been an unpleasant place to live before remediation took place?