Inner West Council was proclaimed on 12 May 2016, and is made up of the former Local Government Areas of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville. Most of the foreshore land has been urbanised and built up from its original foreshore line and level. The foreshores are the most ecologically sensitive and rich areas and are the most popular outdoor recreation locations within the LGA. Seawalls have been erected in most areas to stop erosion and enable the public to utilise all available land. The foreshore areas were the location for many of Sydney’s waterfront industries although only a few of these industries remain today.
Slowly the vacant foreshore areas have become available for residential redevelopment. There are several heritage items located along the foreshores including wharves, jetties, docks and depots. Aboriginal middens and remnant native vegetation have been identified at Callan Point within the grounds of the Rozelle Hospital.