Why does the site need a new layout?

    The site has been well loved by sporting club members and the community for many years now, with facilities and assets that are either ageing, in poor condition or are not compliant with current standards. It is important that when looking at renewing and upgrading facilities we take a holistic site approach, understanding site limitations and opportunities, as well as community and facility needs.

    Will the new site layout improve drainage across the site?

    The site is flat and low lying and is subject to stormwater inundation, flooding and blockages. Options to address drainage issues will be investigated as part of the preliminary and detailed design phase. These may include a general clean up where weeds and branches are removed, and fixing the existing pedestrian bridge on the northern side of the site to help reduce blockages.

    Why are the netball courts moving?

    Relocating the netball courts and associated infrastructure to the northern field will enable improvements to drainage where feasible, while also providing room to improve pedestrian connectivity and accessibility around the sports fields and between different parts of the site.

    The freed up space will also enable the clubs’ activities to better use this area for events, and sports management activities especially for events and interface between the main eastern and western fields. 

    Will there be more car parking?

    Yes. Car parking will be provided in accordance with Council’s City Plan requirements for car parking spaces for each sporting code, the recreational precinct and community hall, and to meet accessibility standards for car parks for people with a disability.

    Will the Petanque court be removed?

    No. The Petanque court is a well-used and important feature of the site and will remain along with associated infrastructure. Council will consult with the Petanque Club to understand their needs.

    Will trees be cleared?

    Determining if any trees will need to be removed will be considered as part of the preliminary and detailed design. Council’s environmental teams will be involved in the design development process to ensure a considered and expert approach to any environmental aspects. Council values its trees and its first position is to retain and improve the existing landscape, where feasible.

    What is planned for the BMX track?

    The BMX track is proposed to be relocated to the northern part of the recreation area, working in, and being considerate of existing trees. The BMX track will incorporate bike skills elements such as drops, jumps, a wallride, flat box rollers and berms, while making the track more durable and easier to maintain. Council is aware of some inappropriate behaviour and damage from informal uses of nearby bushland areas. The challenges proposed to be incorporated into the BMX skills track may help reduce these activities and behaviours.

    What is planned for the skate park?

    The skate park is proposed to be upgraded due to its generally poor condition. Feedback received during the community consultation will help inform the features of the new skate park, catering for users of various skills and abilities. The skate park location as proposed in the concept plan allows for improved visibility, security and safety for users. However, feedback from users and the community (via survey) will be considered in determining the skate park’s location within the recreation area.

    Why is the play space being relocated?

    The play space is being relocated to sit within the recreation area, complementing the skate park, Petanque court and BMX skills track. This collocation will improve accessibility and provide a more inclusive play experience. Removing the play equipment from its current location will also help to open up the area between the tennis courts and the Clubhouse, improving pedestrian connectivity and access between the recreation area and the sports fields.

    How will neighbours be kept informed during the project stages?

    Council will keep neighbours and the community informed about project timeframes via traditional media, social media, Council’s webpage, newsletters and notifications, where appropriate.

    How has wildlife been considered with the new layout?

    Minimal impact to wildlife is expected as the concept design proposes to work within the existing trees and vegetation where possible. The existing drainage system is proposed to be retained, with cleaning and removal of weeds enhancing drainage capacity and flow.

    What stakeholder and community engagement will take place throughout the design development phase?

    • Council has been working with tenant clubs since February 2021 to develop the draft concept site layout
    • NOW – a four week community consultation commencing 27 August 2021 and finishing on 24 September 2021 asking for feedback about the site layout as well as about the recreation area
    • A summary of community feedback will be shared via the Your Say page. Community feedback will help inform the concept design development
    • A further targeted consultation with sports park users including skaters, BMX riders, Petanque club and sports field users as part of the preliminary and detailed design phase.

    Following community engagement, preliminary and detailed designs will be developed considering site constraints and opportunities, and community and targeted feedback.