Plans of Management

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The purpose of a Plan of Management is to provide guidelines and actions for future use, management and maintenance of a reserve.

The Plan of Management process encourages community consultation to ensure preservation of the natural environment, balance the concerns of interest groups and establish priorities for improvements over a 5 to 10 year period.

Council has Plans of Management for the following reserves:

Boronia Park Plan of Management 2020

Boronia Park is a 24.2 hectare district park in Hunter’s Hill, situated along the lower reaches of the Lane Cove River.

Boronia Park is the largest area of open space in Hunter’s Hill. The 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 is a Crown Reserve (No. 500262) managed by Hunter’s Hill Council. Around half the park is zoned RE1 Public recreation and the rest zoned E2 Environmental conservation. It is the premier sportsground in Hunter’s Hill Municipality. The bushland contains Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest, an endangered ecological community, and the walking tracks form part of the Great North Walk.

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 listed as a heritage item in 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
  • has a junior playground and a mixed age playground
  • has a range of scattered park and picnic furniture
  • is heavily used by people enjoying casual or independent leisure and recreation activities
  • 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.

Hunter’s Hill Council adopted the Boronia Park Plan of Management on 30 April 2020. opens in a new windowThe Plan can be read here.

This Plan of Management was endorsed by Hunter’s Hill Council and the NSW Government.

The Public Hearing for the proposed re-categorisation for Boronia Park was held on 27 February 2020 and the opens in a new windowPublic Hearing Report can be read here.

Council published a series of “What’s happening at Boronia Park” newsletters during the preparation of the Plan of Management to keep the community informed and up to date on progress. The newsletters can be found below:

The proposed sport/community facility to be built at Boronia Park is for the benefit and use of the wider community, for district sports clubs, nearby schools and other community groups.

You can read more on the Boronia Park Sports and Community Facility opens in a new windowproject page.

Action plan

Budget allocations will be assigned as part of Council’s wider rolling Council Delivery Program and shorter-term annual Operational Plans, annual budget cycles and business planning for Council’s various units.

Council also provides funds and resources for the operational management of the Park – including staff salaries, contract services, repairs and maintenance and the like – and raises some income from the Park’s use (such as licence payments, permits fees, etc.). However Council invariably funds the Park’s management, and development, in excess of any net revenue generated by the area.

In view of these financial realities/constraints a priority was assigned to each Management Action identified in Section 6 – High, Medium or Low – to reflect their relative importance and implementation timing in order to achieve the Plan’s objectives. Actions can also be single once-off tasks or, as for many actions, “ongoing” – where the action in question will require funding throughout the Park’s management and/or the life of this Plan. As noted above, many actions which are of a more management guideline, policy or direction-setting character also may not require the direct allocation of resources.

Funding and resources may come from many sources – including volunteer involvement, specific-purpose grant funding, corporate donations, stakeholder fund raising, bequeaths, university projects, and others.

As a result of this “reality”, identified Management Actions of different priority may proceed in differing orders or at different rates – and high priority actions need not necessarily precede lower-priority actions. Implementation of some actions may also be contingent on or influenced by the results of other actions, changing management circumstances or opportunities to gain management efficiencies. In some cases, the resources to deliver a low priority or longer-term action may be available before a high priority action. This may be due to the amount of money required, or the project being funded from resources other than Council funds, or factors outside of Council’s control.

opens in a new windowManagement Actions

Riverglade Reserve is a 13 hectare district park located on Tarban Creek, between the suburbs of Gladesville, Huntleys Point and Hunters Hill. Its main access is off Manning Road, Waruda Place or Joly Parade.

 

The Riverglade Reserve is predominantly Crown land reserved for the purpose of “public recreation”. Hunter’s Hill Council is charged with care, control and management of the Reserve. Part of the reserve is community land owned by Hunter’s Hill Council. Part of the reserve is zoned RE1 public recreation and the rest zoned E2 Environmental conservation. It offers a combination of natural; bushland areas, managed parkland settings and developed sports fields.

Council adopted a Riverglade Reserve Plan of Management at a meeting on 15 February 2021, following an analysis of feedback from a public exhibition period during November and December 2020.

This Plan of Management provides guidelines and actions for future management and maintenance of the reserve:

opens in a new windowRiverglade Reserve Plan of Management

opens in a new windowRiverglade Reserve Landscape Concept Plan

Council worked with Eco Logical Australia to update a 2013 Plan of Management for Riverglade Reserve.

A Public Hearing for the proposed re-categorisation for Riverglade Reserve was held on 1 December 2020 and the opens in a new windowPublic Hearing Report can be read here.

All Abilities Playspace

Council has engaged Nature Play Solutions to develop designs for an inclusive, nature based playspace to be created at Riverglade Reserve.

opens in a new windowClick here to view the concept plans.

 

Council is looking to restore The Priory, and add additional amenities to the immediate precinct and broader Riverglade Reserve.

opens in a new windowClick here to read more about what’s happening with The Priory.

Below is information, history and some answers to frequently asked questions from our community.

Council is looking to restore The Priory, and add additional amenities to the immediate precinct and broader Riverglade Reserve. Over the past year, a Plan of Management (POM) has been developed. This POM sets out how the reserve will be managed and cared for now and into the future. One key elements of the POM is The Priory and immediate surrounds.

Council was granted care, control and management of The Priory site from the NSW Department of Lands in 2007. The State Heritage Listed building required significant investment to restore and refurbish it, in order to preserve it for future generations. This initiated a process to determine a viable funding strategy and an adaptive re-use option, which would achieve an optimal outcome in the successful preservation of The Priory.

Council commenced an Expression of Interest (EOI) process in 2012. As part of The Priory Expression of Interest (EOI) submission process, business and financial details were provided to Council under Commercial-in-Confidence.

A rigorous process following Expression of Interest for the Lease of the Priory Probity Plan Guidelines (using an independent probity specialist) was undertaken in selecting a preferred Expression of Interest applicant, and following negotiations with the preferred applicant, the EOI expired with nil result. Council then undertook another EOI in 2015. The reinvigorated EOI process concluded with the preferred applicant wishing to adaptively re-use The Priory as a café & restaurant, and community meeting place for users of Riverglade Reserve and the inclusive playspace under development.

Who owns the Priory building?  Is the Department of Land?

The Department of Primary Industries and Environment has delegated authority through the Local Government Act and the Crown Lands Management Act to transfer care, control and management of Crown reserves to local councils. Care, control and management of The Priory was transferred to Hunter’s Hill Council in 2007.

The Department of Primary Industries and Environment does have oversight of Crown Land categorization, Native Title, consideration and adoption of Plans of Management and leases and licenses.

What is being proposed at The Priory?

The precinct would be activated to include:

  • A restaurant and café, incorporating accessible amenities.
  • Expanded & accessible carparking for all users of the Reserve.
  • An inclusive playspace.
  • Community access and connection to the Reserve.

Through the lease arrangement a number of benefits will be delivered, most importantly the ability to fully restore The Priory at no cost to ratepayers or residents and reopen the beautiful building for the community to enjoy. The benefits include:

  • The Priory will be fully restored at a cost of $4 million.
  • There will be extensive accessibility improvements.
  • Adaptive re-use is consistent with The Priory Conservation Management Plan and draft Riverglade Reserve PoM.
  • The café will be available for users and visitors to Riverglade Reserve.
  • Car parking will be upgraded and available for public use.
  • The entire precinct, including the installation of an inclusive playspace will cater to local residents and visitors.
  • The Priory will be used for community open days, tours of the historic site by the community and local school groups in addition to education-based talks.
  • Heathy cooking classes will be offered to local community groups including our local churches who support local families.
  • It is a walkable destination for most people living in the area.

Council to advise if a business / financial plan was submitted as a part of the application and the council did due diligence when appointing a suitable applicant.

As part of The Priory Expression of Interest (EOI) submission process, business and financial details were provided to Council under Commercial-in-Confidence.

 A rigorous process following Expression of Interest for the Lease of the Priory Probity Plan Guidelines (using an independent probity specialist) was undertaken in selecting a preferred Expression of Interest applicant.

Who will be paying for the restoration of The Priory?

The prospective lessee will pay the complete cost of restoration and refurbishment. It is
anticipated that this cost will be approximately $3-5 million – $4 million.

How will people be able to comment on what is proposed at The Priory?

When the development application (DA) comes to Council in 2021 the DA will be exhibited to the community and adjoining properties. Feedback will be sought in relation to amenity impacts. This process will give the community an opportunity to view and comment
on the DA. including; the consideration/implementation of traffic and parking calming strategies, hours of operation, noise studies and heritage impacts.

Has a DA been lodged?

Until the Riverglade Reserve Plan of Management has been adopted by Council and endorsed by Crown Lands the preferred lessee cannot lodge a DA. It’s anticipated that a
DA will be lodged in the New Year. Council has had preliminary discussions with the preferred lessee via Council’s Conservation Advisory Panel (CAP), who have provided feedback to ensure that conservation principles are included in the restoration and
refurbishment.

Which Council representative can be the point of contact for our community, so when the DA is submitted the community can meet with the representative on site at the Priory for guidance on what council can assist with ie Traffic, Parking, Street Safety, Pedestrians.

The development application will be assessed by independent  town planner who will consider the application on amenity issues and matters of environmental impact; such as traffic and parking implications.

During the required notification period of this application, the contact details of the independent town planner assessing the application will be provided and you’ll have the opportunity to make contact with that person and also provide comments on the proposal for the assessment officer to make a recommendation.

Who will be the community representative on the (Local) planning panel so the community can address and engage the representative when the development application is submitted.

Local Planning Panels (LPP) are panels of independent experts that determine development applications on behalf of Council and provide advice on other planning matters including planning proposals.

Members are rotated each hearing. Panel members are not allowed to discuss matters directly with a member of the community. If approached, the community representative  must explain that they are unable to discuss the matter, and ask them to put in a written submission to the council, and to register to speak to the panel at its public meeting. This way the objection is on record and the panel and the community can have the benefit of that person’s views.

If a community representative has been lobbied, the representative must disclose in writing to the panel chair any effort made to lobby you. The chair will then report these disclosures to the Council’s General Manager.

Has a lease been signed?

A lease has been negotiated between Hunter’s Hill Council and the prospective lessee. The lease will not come into effect until, and if a DA has been approved.

Can the community have a copy of the lease? Is the lease transferable?

Leases are considered under Commercial-in-Confidence and are classified as legal docs. Council is therefore not in a position to provide the community with a copy. However, the Heads of Agreement is a public document and was presented to Council for consideration and adoption at Meeting 4408 on 19 September 2016. The lease is non-transferable.

What are the hours of operation, and the length of the lease?

The key terms of the EOI were that the hours of operation be open until 10pm on Sunday – Thursday with staff to vacate premises by 11pm, and open until 11pm Friday – Saturday, with staff to vacate premises by 12am. These hours are subject to final development approval conditions which may vary. The term of the lease is for twenty (20) years.

How will parking, traffic and noise be managed?
Parking, traffic and noise considerations will be managed through the DA process.

How will council police/monitor/enforce the conditions of consent; do the count seats in the restaurant? How do they monitor and what frequency?

It is envisaged that the development consent (subject to approval) for the restaurant will provide for a maximum number of patrons. This condition would be monitored as required and staff would respond to any complaints under normal protocols. As would the NSW Police in response and  in accordance with their jurisdiction (ie Late night noise/illegal activities).

What are the next steps?

  • Preferred lessee to lodge DA. including noise. traffic and parking
    reports.
  • DA to be independently assessed.
  • DA to be forwarded to Heritage NSW for assessment.
  • Determination of the DA.
  • If DA approval is granted, preferred lessee to sign lease agreement.
  • Lessee to undertake works following lodgement of Construction
    Certificate (CC).
  • Restoration and refurbishment works to be completed.
  • Occupation Certificate (OC) to be granted.

 

The study area incorporates two reserves located in Huntleys Point in the Hunter’s Hill Municipality, approximately 7km from the Sydney CBD. Both reserves are located upstream of the Gladesville Bridge on the northern side of the Parramatta River and are State owned (Crown Land) under the care control and management of Hunter’s Hill Council.

The open spaces as a whole provide a significant foreshore corridor on the Parramatta River, providing links to Bedlam Bay Regional Park to the west and Riverglade Reserve to the north.

The plan seeks to balance natural area conservation with passive and active recreation and other community uses of the site. The plan aims to establish a basis for guiding Council’s ongoing enhancement and maintenance of this important open space asset and provide a suitable guide for day-to-day and long term decision making.

opens in a new windowGladesville Reserve and Betts Park Plan of Management 2004

The study area incorporates two Reserves located in Woolwich in the Hunter’s Hill Municipality, approximately 4km from the Sydney CBD. Clarkes Point Reserve lies at the confluence of the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers and is State owned under the care control and management of Hunter’s Hill Council. Morts Reserve located directly to the west is Council owned Community land.

The Reserves form an integral component in the network of Sydney Harbour foreshore open space, and are bounded by the Woolwich Dock and Goat Paddock open space to the north and the Horse Paddock open space to the west (all currently managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust). Kellys Bush conservation area also lies beyond the Woolwich Marina to the west of the Horse Paddock.

The plan seeks to balance open space and recreational needs with conservation of the inherent cultural and natural heritage and qualities of the site. It also recognises the planning by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (SHFT) for adjoining land and the opportunities presented by a coordinated approach and plan for public open space on the peninsular.

The plan aims to provide a basis for guiding Council’s ongoing enhancement and maintenance of this important open space asset and provide a suitable guide for day to day and long term decision making.

opens in a new windowClarkes Point Reserve and Morts Reserve Plan of Management 2004

The Francis Street Reserve Plan of Management has been prepared in accordance with the Department of Local Government guidelines. The document includes the following key information:

– Classification of land.

– Categorisation of land according to legislation.

– Summary of consultations with the broader community.

– Setting of objectives and performance targets for management of the land, specifies means of achieving performance targets (i.e. management strategies, specify method of assessing achievement of performance targets.

The Plan of Management separates management activities into five broad categories:

Stream, pollution, biodiversity, cultural heritage and visitor management. The Plan provides management strategies, expected associated costs, and timeframes for strategy implementation.

opens in a new windowFrancis Street Reserve Plan of Management 2001

The Ferdinand Street Reserve Plan of Management outlines the category of the reserve, aboriginal and European history, vegetation in the reserve, problems associated with management and solutions.

Reserve R51760 was notified for public recreation in October 1916, and placed under care control and management of Council.

opens in a new windowFerdinand Street Reserve Plan of Management 1998

Kelly’s Bush is probably most remembered as the site of the first green ban, but there are several other reasons for its significance as urban remnant bushland:

-Kelly’s Bush is the most western area of bushland on Sydney Harbour, it is situated on the Parramatta River side of the Woolwich peninsula while other bushland areas are on the Lane Cove River side, it is one of the few pieces of remnant bushland close to the CBD, its close proximity to Boronia Park and other bushland, making it a possible corridor for wildlife, and its pathways form part of the Great North Walk.

-Its location means that Kelly’s Bush contains genetic variation in plant species that may not occur elsewhere, in addition, there are a number of uncommon plant species occurring in Kelly’s Bush including Allocasuarina paludosa, which is normally associated with the northern beaches.

– There are several sites including axe grinding grooves and middens.

opens in a new windowKelly’s Bush Plan of Management 1997

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