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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.

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.

In August 2018, $1,000,000 was provided by the NSW Government Stronger Communities fund for the Boronia Park Sports Precinct Upgrade and in April 2019, $500,000 was provided by the Australian Government AusSport program to Hunters Hill Rugby Union Club to support sports facilities at Boronia Park. These funds are to address the deficiencies in the existing facilities and will provide accessible toilets, new change rooms, additional storage, kiosk and community room.

The location of the proposed sport/community facility will be between Ovals 1 and 2, set back from Park Rd. It will be located near the other existing sports facilities, the netball courts and Ovals 2 and 3, which currently lack access to accessible toilets, change rooms and storage, and where it can be easily accessed by the broader community

A detailed design process will determine the final location and appearance of the building. Community feedback during the Plan of Management consultation identified concerns about the size and scale of the proposed facility, issues including parking, noise, and the conditions of use. These matters will be addressed during the development application process. A development application will be submitted by Council and determined by the Local Planning Panel.

The Riverglade Reserve Plan of Management is now being finalised, following an analysis of the feedback over the public exhibition period during November and December 2020.

It is anticipated that the final Plan will be presented to Council for consideration at a meeting on 14 February 2021.

Council is working with Eco Logical Australia to update the Plan of Management for Riverglade Reserve.

This Plan of Management will provide guidelines and actions for future management and maintenance of the reserve.

It follows public consultation during 2019 and 2020.

Riverglade POM 2013

The purpose of the Plan of Management (PoM) is to provide a 10 year strategy for the management, use and future enhancement of Riverglade Reserve. The PoM was commissioned by the Hunters Hill Council, in response to some key issues including:

• Increasing user conflicts, largely resulting from increasing sports use, displacing local community & passive recreational use

• Neighbourhood impacts resulting from increasing use (i.e. access & car parking, lack of toilets, noise etc.).

• Neighbour issues arising from regional wildlife corridors enhancement activities.

• The need for the PoM to be updated and adopted.

• The need to formalise the PoM to meet requirements of the Local Government Act 1993.

• The need to update the PoM to recognise inclusion of The Priory and the proposed future plans identified through the Conservation Management Plan and other Council cultural plans.

Riverglade Reserve is located on Tarban Creek, between the suburbs of Gladesville, Huntley’s Point and Hunters Hill. Its main access is off Manning Road, Waruda Place or Joly Parade.

The Riverglade Reserve is Crown land reserved for the purpose of “public recreation”. It was gazetted on the 7 June, 1996, and the Hunters Hill Council was appointed Trust manager on that same day. As the Reserve Trust, Council is charged with care, control and management of the Reserve.

opens in a new windowRiverglade Reserve Plan of Management 2013 Executive Summary

opens in a new windowRiverglade Reserve Plan of Management 2013 Volume 1

opens in a new windowRiverglade Reserve Plan of Management 2013 Volume 2

opens in a new windowRiverglade Reserve Plan of Management 2013 maps

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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