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Hunter’s Hill Council is undertaking a revision and updating of the Plan of Management for Boronia Park – and is inviting Park users, neighbours, stakeholders and the wider community to contribute to the preparation of this new Plan.

The current (2015) Plan of Management is also being updated to enable Council and the community to determine the scope of two State Government grants that will benefit the Park’s facilities, enjoyment and management:

  • $1 million for the Boronia Park Sports Precinct Upgrade Project – to enhance the sporting opportunities and facilities on offer at the Park
  • $200,000 for an all-abilities all-ages playspace

For updated information about the playspace and the overall PoM read the What’s happening Boronia Park August 2019 newsletter.

About the Park

At approximately 24 hectares, Boronia Park is the largest area of open space in Hunters Hill. This popular park offers a range of leisure and recreation activities, as well as organised sporting uses, based on the area’s sizeable and environmentally significant bushland areas combined with a range of sport and recreational facilities and assets.

Boronia Park offers a rare combination of natural bushland areas, managed parkland settings, and developed sports fields and facilities that are not found elsewhere in the local government area.

The Park:

  • protects three endangered ecological communities, and provides valuable habitat for a range of native animals including several threatened species, with information signs explaining these values to visitors
  • is part of a regionally significant wildlife corridor linking Sydney Harbour and Lane Cove National Park
  • is the focus of on-going weed control and bush regeneration measures
  • is a listed heritage feature under Council’s LEP, and includes several items of Aboriginal cultural heritage significance and European historic heritage value
  • provides three full-sized sports fields (two floodlit)
  • has been a venue for rugby union for over 100 years, and includes the historic grandstand at Oval No. 1
  • includes a turf cricket wicket (at Oval No. 1) and three high standard, lockable, cricket practice nets
  • has two sealed and one grassed netball courts;
    offers a junior playground and a mixed age playground
  • is heavily used by people enjoying casual or independent leisure and recreation activities
  • offers a range of scattered park and picnic furniture
  • is a popular venue for personal trainers, fitness groups, dog-walkers and other small group users
  • is an important visual element for both the local streetscape as well as views to and from the area
  • is traversed by the Great North Walk and offers a choice of internal bushland walking tracks
  • is the venue for community events such as the annual Moocooboola Festival, Food and Wine Festival and Carols by Candlelight
  • provides access to the Lane Cove River; and
  • performs valuable stormwater management and water quality functions.

Is there a site for a Sporting Facility or a plan to upgrade existing facilities?

During the 2018 Moocooboola Festival The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP announced a $1 million dollar grant for the Boronia Park Sports Precinct. The details of the announcement included upgrading existing facilities to meet the needs of all groups in the community.

The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP Media Release

The Hunters Hill Rugby Club and Cricket Club developed a draft feasibility study and concept plan for a sporting facility. Council was not involved in this development. The outcomes from the Draft Boronia Park PoM will determine what aspects (design, users, location, etc) will need to be incorporated into a facility that meets the needs of sporting groups AND the local community/community groups.

A Development Application would be required for a community/sporting facility with further periods outside the exhibition period of the Draft PoM required.

Council is committed to working with all stakeholders in determining the best path forward.

When will the Draft Boronia Park PoM go on public exhibition?

The draft timeline for Draft PoM is outlined below:

18 Sept:  CAG meeting

23 Sept:   Councillor briefing & meeting

24 Sept:  Exhibition & comment period commences

22 Oct:   Exhibition period closes

05 Nov:  Comment period closes

13 Nov:   CAG post exhibition + feedback

25 Nov:   Councillor post exhibition + feedback

09 Dec:  Council report to seek adoption

It is generally expected that the Draft PoM including options will go on public exhibition towards the end of September 2019 or in October 2019.

Comments will be received for 42 days following endorsement for public exhibition. Council will then assess comments received.

Please note: The above timeline is currently being revised and will be updated within the next few days. The dates listed above are a guide to provide context to the exhibition period.

Is there a location for the All Ages, All Abilities Playspace?

Earlier in 2019 the Hunters Hill Playground Advisory Group looked at a number of sites for an all ages, all abilities playspace. Consideration was given to Riverglade Reserve, as an area located below The Priory was recommended in the 2013 Riverglade Reserve PoM. However, due to concerns relating to the Reserve Flying-fox colony and a preference for a centralised location in Hunters Hill, the Playground Advisory Group reviewed sites outlined in the 2015 Boronia Park PoM.

MINUTES OF THE INCLUSIVE PLAYSPACE PROJECT PANEL

Whilst the Advisory Group felt that upgrading the existing playground in High Street, Boronia Park had merit (site plans for this location have been removed from Council’s website as they will not proceed), the conditions of the State Government Grant that Council was successful in gaining outlined that existing facility upgrades would not be eligible for that particular grant.

The Playground Advisory Group then reviewed an area on Park Road that was cited in the 2015 PoM for a youth play space. It was felt that this location would meet the needs of the community and fulfil the grant guidelines.

Further to this Council resolved at its Meeting on 13 May 2019 (Meeting No. 4459):

  1. That the Minutes be received and noted.
  2. That Council support the Boronia Park North West site as identified in the Boronia Park Plan of Management as the preferred location for the proposed inclusive playspace.
  3. That community consultation regarding the preferred site be undertaken as part of the broader community engagement process that will occur during the update of the Boronia Park POM.
  4. That Council approve the Inclusive Playspace Project Panel to seek funds via donations or sponsorship to match the ‘Everyone Can Play’ Grant.
  5. That Council looks for an opportunity in September to hold a community event to raise additional funds for the playground.

Outcomes and options from the current review of the PoM will determine design concepts and location.

For details about the guidelines relating to playspaces please read: Everyone Can Play Guideline

For details specifically relating to the Council Grant Guidelines please read: Council Grant Guidelines

An executed funding agreement between the Department of Planning and Environment and Hunter’s Hill Council contains the definitions and terms of the playspace grant. This is a legal document not publicly available. It follows the Council Grant Guidelines link on the Department’s website.

What is the Community Advisory Committee (CAG)?

Council is working with the Boronia Park Community Advisory Group (CAG) to finalise timelines, review community feedback and understand the parameters of a draft PoM.

The CAG is made up from members of local environment groups, sporting clubs, and schools with some members also being local residents.

The terms of reference for the CAG are outlined below:

•             Be actively involved and work in a collaborative manner in supporting the review of the Plan of Management.

•             Provide expertise and feedback into the consultation processes and strategies associated with the process for preparing the amended Plan of Management.

•             Assist in the communication of the process and ultimate outcome.

•             Encourage broad ownership of the Plan of Management.

•             Commit to the meetings and the process.

Membership:

•             Councillor  Miles

•             Councillor Williams

•             Councillor Krassoi

•             Boronia Park PS

•             Gladesville Ravens Netball Club

•             Hunters Hill Bush Land

•             Hunters Hill Rugby Union Club

•             Hunters Hill Trust

•             Ryde Hunters Hill Cricket Club

•             Ryde Hunters Hill Fauna and Flora

Council Officers to provide technical support:

•             Director Service Delivery and Special Projects:  George El Kazzi

•             a/Manager, Community Services:  Annie Goodman

In terms of participation requirements, members will be required to:

•             Participate in meetings/workshops over the next 6 months.

•             Participate in a group/team setting.

•             Listen and be respectful of diverse opinions.

•             Share their passion and vision for the Precinct

Minutes of the Boronia Park CAG are provided as follows:

MINUTES OF THE BORONIA PARK CAG 1

MINUTES OF THE BORONIA PARK CAG 2

MINUTES OF THE BORONIA PARK CAG 3

Presentations made during CAG Meetings by members of the CAG are the property of the CAG members and/or the organisation that the CAG members represent. Council has not made presentations on behalf of CAG members.

The next meeting of the CAG will be held on 18 September 2019. A resident representative from Park Road joined the CAG prior to CAG Meeting 3 held 14 August 2019.

How can I have my voice heard?

Council has received an overwhelming response from the community via surveys, phone calls, letters and emails, but there is still time to get involved by:

Providing your views directly to Council by email: council@huntershill.nsw.gov.au, Ph: 9879 9400 or letter: PO Box 21, Hunters Hill, NSW, 2110.

For further information or to contact the project officer about the update to the Plan of Management please contact Alan Ginns, at Gondwana Consulting on e-mail alan@gondwanaconsulting.com.au or mobile 0429 913 300 or letter: PO Box 905, Narrabeen, NSW, 2101.

For information about the Park, and the revised Plan of Management project overall, please contact Council’s Acting Manager, Community Services, Annie Goodman on e-mail, goodmana@huntershill.nsw.gov.au or Ph: 9879 9400 or letter: PO Box 21, Hunters Hill, NSW, 2110.

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