1. Amalgamation update
The NSW Government has confirmed the merger of Centannial Park and Moore Park Trust with the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust. No change to either Trust is proposed. Kim Ellis is the Acting Executive Director, with the Executive Director role advertised and expected to be appointed in March 2014.
Raelene Lockhorst, Director, Strategic Planning and Projects gave an update on various projects:
Moore Park Master Plan 2030
The Moore Park Master Plan is due to commence by April 2014, with completion expected by December 2014. Tenders have gone out to external consultants, in accordance with government policies. There will be one plan, covering:
A member of the CCC will sit on the steering committee, similar to the Centennial Park master plan process.
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Light Rail update
The Development Agreement between Centennial Parklands and the State Government is under negotiation, with the Trust looking to recoup costs due to Light Rail project. Early works are due to start in mid-2014 with preparation works in Moore Park East and at the Robertson Road Fields. It is currently expected that the design and route of the light rail may impact up to 100 trees. This is a significant issue for the Parklands.
Oxford Street Cycleway
Community consultation has been completed, with 121 responses received. A number of observations were made, including to keep the path outside Centennial Park. The final plans are being drafted and the program is set to finish July/August 2014.
Belvedere Amphitheatre upgrade
Moonlight Cinema is operating and the upgrade has been well received. CCC members have visited and noted the improvements, in particular the runway lighting enhancements to the area.
Moore Park Golf House refurbishment
Works commenced January 2014 and include a comprehensive (and long overdue) redesign of the conference and dining areas and associated kitchen facilities. Expected to be complete by April 2014.
Centennial Park Labyrinth
Fundraising has been completed. The sod turning was on 5 February 2014, with attendance from the CCC. The labyrinth will take six months to build.
Sports field upgrades
An $800k upgrade and turf replacement program is underway, including to Bat and Ball field, ES Marks and McKay Oval. 35,000 sqm of turf has been replaced, with 60 tonnes of rubble removed. New and upgraded irrigation has been installed.
Fitness Station upgrades at Queens Park
Fitness stations now installed and complete. Funding for the project was sourced through the NSW Government Sport and Recreation's Participation and Facilities grants program and the Foundation.
3. Events in the Parklands
Tropfest - December 2013
Held successfully, several CCC members in attendance.
Avicii concert - January 2014
Members of the CCC attended this event to gain an understanding of large event management. The operation functions were viewed and discussed, including Control Room operations, Police Operations, First aid, Transport solutions, Customer hotline, and Sound monitoring. The members were particularly impressed with operational excellence, police and security management and crowd control after the event finished.
Current and upcoming events
The CCC’s response (reviewed and approved by all members) to the Light Rail EIS had been lodged in December 2014.
Next Meeting: Tuesday 1 April 2014
Kim Ellis, Executive Director, has now been formally appointed as Executive Director, Sydney’s Parklands & Botanical Gardens. The two trusts comprise Centennial Park, Queens Park, Moore Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Domain, Mount Tomah and Mount Annan.
The roles created in the new organisation will be responsible for activities across all geographic areas. The next step is to determine a new organisation structure and advertise for Kim’s direct reports where necessary.
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Next meeting: Tuesday 17 June 2014.
The merger of the Royal Botanical Gardens Trust and Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust is continuing. The budget and reporting processes are now aligned and a new Strategy for the merged entity is being drafted.
A new Executive team structure (8 roles) is being developed with a view to these roles being finalised and filled within the coming months. A change management office has also been established to oversee integration activities.
Kim Ellis (CEO) gave an update on two issues relating to Moore Park:
a) Moore Park Master Plan 2030: introduction and planning
Work on the Master Plan will continue throughout 2014 with a view to finalising it in 2015. There will be a community and public consultation process before the Plan is finalised.
b) Proposed sale of the Entertainment Quarter lease
The 36 year lease at the Entertainment Quarter is in the process of being sold and a formal proposal has been received and is under review. The review of formal proposal will take approximately three months to finalise and be subject to specific assessment criteria.
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Craig Easdown, Manager Marketing and Communications gave updates on various projects:
Anthony Dunsford, Director Visitor Experience presented and update on the South West Hub project. The South West Hub, located near the learners’ cycleway has been identified (via public feedback on the master plan and other feedback) as a suitable area for additional eating facilities. Anthony presented footprint (not design) concepts for feedback to the CCC. The CCC provided feedback on various usability aspects of the entry/exit driveway and facilities generally. These were taken on board and will be included in the first draft of designs due in July 2014.
The detailed designs will go through a thorough public and community consultation process in due course before being finalised.
1) Completed events include:
2) Upcoming events include:
a) Correspondence was received by the Chair of the Centennial Parklands Foundation to the Chair of the CCC announcing the new Foundation Governors appointed following the expiration of terms of the previous Governors. The CCC will invite the new Foundation Chair to visit the CCC and provide an update on key activities at the next meeting.
b) The CCC noted that it had been advised that the Light Rail project had now commenced.
c) The CCC noted that it had been advised that the Moore Park pedestrian/cycle bridge had been approved and work had commenced to set up the works zone in both Moore Park east and west.
Next meeting: Tuesday 12 August 2014
A proposal to develop an all-weather synthetic playing facility in Moore Park was tabled for discussion and feedback. The proposal seeks to address the demand management and maintenance challenges of maintaining turf sports fields in the Parklands. It was noted that the Parklands maintain more turf playing fields than all surrounding councils combined, all of which are susceptible to wet weather closures.
The CCC sought assurances that all reasonable steps would be taken to ensure the field would be accessible to both community and elite groups.
Craig Easdown, Manager Marketing and Communications, gave updates on various projects:
Updates were provided on the upcoming events program including:
a) The CCC is represented on the Transport for NSW Moore Park Reference Group and attended a recent meeting to hear details of the new light rail. Transport for NSW presented on the ‘early works’ which will affect the Tramway Oval and the tennis centre. The CCC expressed interest in ensuring there is proper wayfinding and signage for park visitors and Robertson Road residents are thoroughly engaged in the consultation processes.
b) The CCC has had discussions with a proponent of a plan to improve cycling and pedestrian access from Centennial Park to the ocean, known as the Park to Pacific. Discussions were also held about ways of improving the Oxford Street intersection.
c) Discussion was had over concern that people with dogs in official off-leash areas were often unaware that under legislation they were still required to keep their dog under control. Suggested that the Parklands encourage families and school groups to use areas in the park which are not also available for unleashed dogs.
Parklands management will consider these messages as part of a dog user campaign for this year.
d) Discussion was had over ongoing concerns about speeding in the Parklands. It was noted that the community had previously rejected the introduction of speed humps and different road surfaces. The recent ‘Share the Park’ campaign confirmed that a certain % of cyclists and motorists continue to speed. The Parklands management will continue to consider options for improvement in park safety.
Next meeting: Tuesday 16 September 2014
Date: 16 September 2014
Major Community Issues discussed
The Vernon Pavilion location licensee was selected and will replace the incumbent kiosk operator from 1 October 2014. The new licensee will initially operate from a food van and has plans to finance the construction of a temporary structure in 2016, in keeping with the park. The licensee also proposes to operate during the week once this structure is completed.
Members of the committee acknowledged the enormous contribution and tenure of the existing kiosk operator to the Parklands and its visitors for the past four decades.
So far, the strategy is meeting all of its objectives including:
The key focus for all the programs is the concept of nature play and the continued development of “outdoor classrooms”.
Two member of the CCC will retire at the end of the year. Online and media recruitment for new CCC members commences September 2014. Aplications are due 5pm, 31 October with internal shortlist agreed late October 2014, interviews early November 2014, appointments December 2014 and commencement from February 2015.
Application details are online at: www.centennialparklands.com.au/about/community_consultative_committee/nomination_and_recruitment
Next meeting: Tuesday 11 November 2014
Date: 11 November 2014
1) Mini Golf project
Ed Sanderson (Director Sport and Recreation) briefed the CCC on a proposal for a mini golfd facility at Moore Park Golf. Mini golf is an ideal extension to the products already on offer at Moore Park Golf. The facility is expected to include three mini golf courses, a total of 21 holes and will be child friendly and suitable for families with a fenced environment, including a specific children’s party area.
The design will be sympathetic to the environment and working with the Parklands theme. The design ensures current vistas are protected, heritage aesthetics (Toll House) are respected and a visually favourable landscaping façade is planted. The mini golf includes a six foot high fence to protect the course from passing traffic.
This project will include providing overflow parking with the potential for a total of 360 parking spots when required. In addition, the existing putting green will be relocated close to the first tee and this space will be used to construct a new indoor/outdoor entertainment space. The project will commence with community consultation early next year and completion will be in stages over 18 months.
2) Camp Gallipoli
Anthony Dunsford (Director Visitor Experience) advised that a Camp Gallipoli event will take place in Brazilian Fields, Centennial Park in 2015. This is a new event linked to the 100th anniversary of ANZAC next year.
The Parklands has a long, military history. The Camp Gallipoli concept is being run in several in public places around Australia, targeted at schools and families. The event has been endorsed by numerous stakeholders e.g. Department of Defence, Veteran Affairs, RSL and Legacy Australia.
The event will be start on the afternoon of 24 April 2015 through to Anzac Day 25 April 2015 morning with entertainment, a light horse procession, an outdoor cinema experience, documentaries and ending with a dawn service on Anzac Day. 3) South West Hub community consultation
The food and beverage and cycle hire facility at the children’s cycleway is out for community consultation. The Parklands made a submission to the Heritage Office about 10 days ago and the project now has its own online exhibition and physical exhibition in reception at the Parklands Office (until 28 November).
The development is part of the Centennial Park Master Plan and based on community needs for improved facilities in this part of the park. The proposal can be viewed online.
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The CCC has been busy this last year. Projects is has contributed to include:
Members have also attended various events in the Parklands to see ‘behind the scenes’ and have actively been involved in community engagement and given input into regulations and compliance campaigns such as the ‘Park is there to share’. 5) Sustainable Parklands Projects
Craig Easdown (Manager Marketing and Communications) gave updates on various projects:
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Completed events include:
Upcoming events include:
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Next meeting: Tuesday 10 February 2015 5.30pm