Community consultation will involve several stages including:
Phase 1 - Identifying and understanding community views, concerns and aspirations for the proposed parklands.
Phase 2 - Test and review concept designs for the Master Plan.
Phase 3 - Draft Master Plan presented for final comments.
Phase 4 - Periodic review of Master Plan.
As this park design will start with a relatively empty block there is an opportunity to take an innovative approach with layout and features. While designs will need to be managed within available budgets, the choice of features and timing of installation of some features will be influenced by community consultation.
Council will approach the park design with an open mind and consider all ideas put forward by the community. Choices will have to be made by both the local community and Council about which features can be managed within designated and realistic budgets, which will include ongoing maintenance and operational costs.
One key guide for the community to consider is that Council is unlikely to install any features that would generally be a commercial venture such as an ice/roller-skating rink, bowling alley, cinema or water park. However, it may be possible for designs to facilitate some aspects of those ideas in a way which encourages commercial and community providers to run those activities.
Council understands there is strong community interest in the development of a water park within this park or elsewhere in the region, and has considered various options.
The concept designs allow for water play areas that are consistent with limited water supply and water conservation. It is unlikely Council would build a large water park on this site due to both capital and ongoing operational and maintenance costs, however it may be possible for a commercial water park to be included in the future.
Council is very are of the local wildlife in the area of the park including koalas, wallabies, geckoes, birds and more.
As per the concept designs, large portions of the site will be maintained as bushland, particularly but not limited to the southern half of the site. Tree clearing in other areas will be selective to provide necessary space for infrastructure without unnecessarily removing the natural wildlife habitats.
A thorough environmental inspection has been undertaken by an independent consultant and Council will manage disruption to natural habitats in accordance with all government requirements.
Reports on community consultation will be published in the Documents Library section of this site. Results of Phase 1 consultation are already available.