After Gray's death his trustees set up plans for what became the subdivision of North Glenelg and later in the 1920s the pattern was repeated to prepare for the 'development' of West Beach. At that stage Richmond Road lead only as far as Tapleys Hill Road, so a road had to created to the coast. It took thirty-six men using 24 scoops and more than 100 horses over many months to move 200,000 cubic yards of sand for the new subdivision. This road proved a major construction project with embankments, bridges and culverts to drain the channels of the meandering Patawalonga.
Somehow, remnants of the creek survived this process and this was followed by years in 'limbo'. The area was widely regarded as waste land and parts used as a rubbish dump. But even as late as the 1960s some adventurous local youths used the space as an adventure playground, building hides, paddling along the creek and fishing.
In very recent times the creek has just survived the Airport extension, the Patawalonga Lake clean-up project and the construction of the silt ponds.
Fortunately the future is now bright for the Creek, with the Friends group going well, the placement of the Melaleuca stand on the National Trust of SA's Register of Significant Trees and possibilities for additional layers of protection are currently being investigated.
Hasenohr, E. (1977): W.H. Grey - a pioneer colonist of South Australia
Perry, D.M. (1985): The Place of Waters - a story of Glenelg's first fifty years
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