Date: 13 February 2013
The Trust presented a report on the recent The Light Garden event that celebrated Centennial Park's 125th Anniversary.
This was a definite good news story, with the event well attended and overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors.
Key measurements targeted were:
It is estimated that at least 29,000 visitors attended the 10 day event (estimates based on the park being 'parked out' at capacity every event night). Centennial Parklands website achieved its highest ever monthly visitation at 77,000 hits.
At least one million social media references were achieved through a wide variety of social mediums (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, unpaid feature coverage on third party websites) - at no cost to the Parklands, and this only counts those references that were directly measureable to social media strategies implemented by CP.
The 'Wish Tree' - a tree where visitors wrote 'wishes' on hanging tags then tied them to a designated tree - had approximately 7,900 'wishes' which volunteers will now catalogue and archive. Those 'wishes' suggesting improvements to the Parklands will be captured for inclusion in the upcoming CP Master Plan consultation.
CCC members confirmed their attendance at the event (some more than once), and it was noted that patronage at the event was diverse, consisting of the young, the old, and everyone in between.
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Peter Hadfield, Centennial Parklands Foundation Executive Officer, presented on recent volunteers activities in the Parklands and their estimated value to the ongoing running of the Parklands.
In the last six months, CP has held an event recognising the contributions of volunteers to the Parklands. While there are benefits for the volunteers - being involved, making a difference, the social interaction gained from being a volunteer - there are also direct cost savings to the Parklands too.
Direct cost savings for six months to December 2012 are estimated at $100k. The Corporate Volunteer program alone generated $14.5k; it was noted that 38 corporates have participated in the corporate volunteer program at the Parklands, which involves paying for their staff to participate as volunteers at the Parklands.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Peter Hadfield announced that he was resigning from the Foundation to take up a leadership position with another charity. CCC Comment/feedback
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The Trust provided an update on the Queens Park Pavilion refurbishment.
Key points included:
CCC members suggested that:
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The CEO provided a background of the Trust's involvement in the Light Rail project:
CCC members asked for specific clarification on route over South Dowling through Moore Park West. The CEO noted various options that are under discussion, none of which have had any detailed work done.
The CCC agreed to maintain a watching brief on this and receive regular updates at future CCC meetings. The CCC’s position has not changed since last year, that the CCC supports Light Rail and an underground section under Moore Park is the preferred solution and that additional alienation of park land must be minimised.
Matters also discussed by the CCC included:
Next meeting Tuesday 9 April 2013, 5.30pm at the Parklands Office.
Date: 9 April 2013
Centennial Parklands Director Visitor Experience presented a proposal to develop camping within Centennial Park. Key points were:
The next step is to conduct a feasibility study to determine potential capital costs, running costs and income, plus a demand analysis for potential customers.
The CCC is supportive of exploring different options to activate the Park when it is least used and looks forward to the results of the feasibility study. The CCC also considered a visit to the Education Centre would be an important addition to the stay.
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Centennial Parklands Environment Officer presented on a plan to implement an Environmental Management System for the Parklands. This will more formally set the Environmental Policy and associated objectives and targets for environmental management and performance. System will follow ISO14001, an international standard for environmental management.
Tamara outlined the draft Environmental Policy and requested feedback from the CCC.
The CCC supports the introduction of a formal Environmental Management System and noted that key environmental concerns are: rubbish, water quality, biodiversity and compliance with relevant laws/legal requirements.
Various sports facilities have been upgraded in the last 6 months. They include:
The CCC congratulated the Trust on successfully obtaining capital grants to complete these upgrades.
Centennial Parklands Manager Venue Services presented on event plans for the Parklands. She explained the need for a mix of different types of events over different/recurring timeframes, some established events and some one-offs. Examples included:
All events are part of a five-year program which is continually assessed for revenue, environment, community and safety impacts.
The CCC agreed that a mix of events is important to ensure medium to long-term revenue to the Parklands and also to ensure that a range of different community groups can access the different types of events.
5. Other Issues considered
Next meeting Tuesday 11 June 2013
Date: 11 June 2013
Andrew Thompson, Deputy Director Transport NSW; David Dalton, Principle Manager; Ross Hornsey, Senior Manager, Community Engagement, presented on the latest status of the Light Rail Project:
The CCC continues to support Light Rail but made it clear to the TNSW representatives that minimising the impact on Moore Park was of critical concern to the CCC. To that end the ‘cut and cover’ tunnel approach seemed to be the least harmful. Other approaches to reduce the environmental and visual impact of the route on the park would also be essential.
In addition, as the Light Rail construction may temporarily reduce the number of sports fields available, sports team organisers of potentially impacted sports fields will need to be informed well in advance as they can require 1-2 year lead time for re-booking fields .
2. Centennial Parklands Master Plan Project (Peter Titmus, BVN)
The CCC asked to be included in community communications for the Master plans and a meeting will be arranged for July.
CP presented a new Strategic Use video that will be posted on social and other online media to assist the community understand the scope and concepts being considered as part of the Strategic Land Use Vision..
The CCC supports the Strategic Use video as a great way to engage the community as part of the consultation process, and agreed to highlight it to all contact groups and individuals
Next meeting: Tuesday 13 August 2013
Date: 13 August 2013
Spring is the start of the “Festival Season” or “Season of Events”. This includes:
The CCC supports the event program and was pleased to see that the strategy to develop a broader program of more diverse events was being successfully delivered.
The Trust is updating the current version of the online video and asked the CCC to reviewed again and provide suggestions for improvement. Specific opportunities identified by the CCC included including an introductory message, changing the language to “could” instead of “will”, providing greater information on certain of the concepts, and reminding viewers what won’t be changing.
The CCC supports the CP Strategic Land Use Vision and was pleased that the Trust was updating it to take into account feedback from various channels.
An update was provided on the outcomes of a recent workshop conducted by Transport for NSW with all Moore Park stakeholders, which was based on a map that they had developed to facilitate the discussion. The CCC was updated on a number of matters which arose from the workshop, including:
The CCC continues to support Light Rail and was pleased to hear that the underground option across Moore Park West was the preferred design. The CCC asked to be kept informed as further information becomes available
Next Meeting: Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Date: 13 October 2013
The Trust provided an update to the CCC, with the following key points:
The committee had an involved discussion about the proposals for the outer track, which has been a key focus area for CCC members. Main concerns are safety of mixing dogs, walkers, runners and bikes. The Trust confirmed that this was a miscommunication with the consultants, who had not realised that off-road cycling or mountain biking is not allowed in the park, and that there is no intention to create an on leash zone in what is currently off leash area. The CCC agreed to prepare its own submission for the Master Plan.
The Trust agreed that there would be a focus on mountain bikers illegally cycling off road this month in terms of signage and ranger presence to assess and monitor the use of the outer track in particular. He noted that it was difficult to police/stop people on bikes and perhaps the solution was to ‘design out’ the attraction of off road cycling.
The CCC also acknowledged the presentation given by AD and Kim Ellis for the volunteers, at MS’s request. The volunteers had provided lots of valuable feedback, in particular the lack of focus on ponds, water quality and pond ecology.
The CCC supports the Centennial Park Master Plan consultation process and will provide its own consolidated submission. The CCC is also pleased that the Trust has clarified its position on the proposed out track that is will not be off leash for dogs and that there will be no changes to the current regulations banning cycling off road.
The Chair attended the update from TFNSW on the Light Rail on October 9 and provided the following summary to the CCC:
The CCC supports the Light Rail, but will request the Trust to ask TFNSW to consider alternative orientation and placing of the staging section to minimise its impact and alienation of parklands.
(i) Upcoming events include: - 20 Oct - Miracle Babies walking event with approx. 400 people - 3 Nov - Charlie Teo Walk 4 Life walking event (unsure of numbers) - 13 Nov - Annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge with approx. 8,000 people - 16 Nov - Polo in the City at Mission Fields - 8 Dec - Tropfest at Brazilian Fields - 12 Dec - Moonlight Cinema (til late March).
(ii) Events completed include: - 25 August Colour Run with 15,000 people - 5-8 Sept Australian Garden Show - 22 Sept Sydney Running Festival (great TV commentary on the park) - 28 Sept Listen Out music festival - 10 Oct Love Food Hate Waste education talk.
The Trust talked to the noise report for the Listen Out event. For each music event the Trust commissions an independent noise consultant to monitor sound levels at the park boundaries. Last year a similar event resulted in 9 complaints. This year there were 20 complaints localised in the Bondi Junction area.
Key issue were the prevailing wind conditions, with wind speeds rarely falling below 40kph and frequently gusting over 60 kph, which caused sound to travel east. Where the noise exceeded EPA guidelines the operators were advised and the levels adjusted accordingly. All sound ended by 10pm.
Complaints from residents unsure of who to ring are disappointing given:
The Chair and Trust management are meeting with a key complainant this week.
The CCC suggested that the Trust should publicise how it monitors events to try to minimise excess sound levels for the neighbouring community.
The The CCC continues to support the current mixed events program, with only one music event now, compared with six in 2009, and the ongoing noise monitoring program.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Date: 12 November 2013
The CCC supports the Centennial Park Master Plan consultation process and believes the final plan will provide a comprehensive basis for planning for next ten to fifteen years.
The CCC supports the Light Rail and was pleased that common sense and community concerns had prevailed in the choice of crossing for Moore Park West. The CCC also supported the Trust in representations to TfNSW to use the current bus route, not alienate additional parkland by running the tracks outside it.
Upcoming events include:
(ii) Events completed include:
The CCC noted that the Avicii concert would increase the major music events to two for FY14.
SallyAnn Hunting was unanimously appointed the new Chair for the CCC and will become a Trustee in time for the first board meeting in February 2014, following ratification by the NSW government. The CCC congratulated the new Chair on her appointment.
The current chair, Giles Edmonds, and two other members, Rosemary Kingsford and Melinda Hayton, have completed their term on the CCC, as prescribed under the Act (two consecutive terms of two years each term), and will leave the CCC at the end of the year. The Chair thanked all the CCC members for their support and enthusiasm for the past two years, and to Rosemary and Melinda in particular for all their work over the last four years on the CCC, and wished the new Chair and the remaining CCC members well for the future.
Next Meeting: Tuesday 11 February 2014