Boronia Park Sports and Community Facility

Council is planning for a Sports and Community Facility at Boronia Park, a district-level sport, recreation and nature reserve.

The purpose of the facility is to provide greater community amenity, enabling people of all ages, genders and abilities improved opportunity to participate, spectate and enjoy organised sport at Boronia Park.

There will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the design during the Development Application phase. To receive notice when the DA is submitted.

This follows drop-in sessions at Boronia Park previously held on 27 March and 29 and 30 May 2021.

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As at 17 May 2021, the next steps in the project are as follows:

  • 29 an 30 May – Community consultation on site session with the Architect which will include an indication of the footprint and enable community members to speak with the architect to enable informed submissions.
  • End of May – Lodge Development Application.
  • End of May/early June – Notification of the DA.
  • End of May/early June – Commence the process to recategorise the land from Sportsground to General community use.
  • Early June – Release tender for Construction of Sport and Community Facility.
  • 30 June – Close of tender.
  • Early July – Review and assess tenders.
  • July – Confirmation of funds available to deliver the project.
  • 19 July – Council report to consider tender to construct the Community Facility (pending completion of the conditions precedent).

Council meeting 19 April 2021:

A business case for the facility at Boronia Park was received and noted, and proposed licence terms accepted for Hunters Hill Rugby Union Football Club, which is proposing to make a capital contribution to the project.

The proposed facility would be managed by Council for the use and enjoyment of sporting clubs, schools and the broader community and provide accessible toilets, new change rooms, additional storage, a kiosk and community room to address deficiencies in existing facilities.

Hours of use would be limited to 10pm for any licensee or casual hirer, with hire by individuals for private celebrations, such as weddings and birthdays, unavailable after 5pm.

opens in a new windowClick here to view the 19 April 2021 Council meeting business paper, which includes the report and associated documents.

Council adopted a Plan of Management for Boronia Park in April 2020, which provides for a Sports and Community Facility.

This facility will become a Council asset, managed by Council for the use and enjoyment of both sporting clubs and the broader community.

The Hunters Hill Rugby Union Football Club (HHRUFC) has, along with other sporting clubs and schools, been involved in a Stakeholders Working Group to give feedback on concept designs. Community stakeholder meetings have been held with the Hunters Hill Trust, bush care groups and local residents.

HHRUFC will be contributing through fundraising for the project. However, HHRUFC will not have exclusive use of the facility, and will have shared use alongside other groups, under a licence from the Council.

Boronia Park is the premier sportsground in the Municipality of Hunters Hill . It is popular with a range of users, from those participating in organised sports across all seasons, school groups, personal fitness trainers and recreational users.

However, in its current state the park lacks facilities and does not meet the needs of its diverse users. The ovals and netball courts currently lack access to accessible toilets, change rooms and storage.

The Sports and Community Facility will be between Ovals 1 and 2, set back from Park Road. It will be located near the other existing sports facilities – the netball courts and Ovals 2 and 3. The building is designed to address deficiencies in the existing facilities and would provide accessible toilets, new change rooms, additional storage, a canteen and community room.

The facility will provide a range of benefits, including:

  • enabling a broader range of users to enjoy Boronia Park;
  • providing accessible facilities to all community members;
  • enhancing security and providing passive surveillance;
  • delivering a new community space for use by our community;
  • meeting requirements of relevant sporting codes;
  • showcasing sustainable design and building options;
  • providing contemporary facilities for the Municipality’s premier park.

Funding for the project is to comprise:

NSW Government Stronger Communities Fund $ 1,000,000

Australian Government AusSport program to HHRUFC $ 500,000

HHRUFC fundraising $ 1,500,000

Total $ 3,000,000

Council expects to contribute in-kind costs through project management and Council officers’ time (estimate $100,000).

When the development application (DA) is lodged (expected in June 2021) it will be exhibited to the community.

Community feedback on the concept proposal has also been sourced through the Plan of Management process and in consultation meetings with stakeholders, residents, Hunters Hill Trust, Flora and Fauna Society and Bushcare.

Minutes of Boronia Park Sports and Community Facility Stakeholder Group meetings:

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The inclusion of a community room in the proposed facility to support general community uses requires a re-categorisation process and public hearing, providing further opportunity for input.

It is expected that a DA will be lodged in June 2021.

The draft design will be presented to a Council meeting.

The DA advertising period will provide a further opportunity for comments and input regarding the design.

The DA will be assessed by an independent planner and submitted to the Local Planning Panel (LPP) for consideration and determination.

As part of this process, the community will be able to also provide feedback on the proposal and make submissions to the LPP.

A licence is proposed for use of the facility by HHRUFC.

The Club has requested a 20-year term.

Legal advice is pending on the terms of the draft licence.

A report on the proposed licence was presented to the 19 April 2021 Council meeting for consideration and was adopted.

19 April report to council

Agreement for licence 19 April

Terms and conditions of use will be in line with those of other community facilities.

For the Boronia Park facility, hours of use would be limited to 10pm for any licensee or casual hirer, with hire by individuals for private celebrations, such as weddings and birthdays, unavailable after 5pm.

Parking, traffic and noise considerations will be considered as part of the DA process.

  • March/April: Additional stakeholder meetings and community drop in session (Saturday 27 March).
  • April/May: Final design plans developed and presented to Council. 
  • May: Drop in: 29 May 10am -12pm and 30 May 9am – 11am on site 
  • Early June: Lodge DA.
  • June: DA on exhibition.
  • June: Public hearing for land re-categorisation.
  • August: Anticipated date of development consent.
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Hunter’s Hill Council

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