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Community Facility Projects - Landsdale - Development of Hardcastle Park

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Suburb Landsdale
Ward South Ward
Key Facts

7 November 2016 to 20 November 2016 Community Consultation

Administration undertook community consultation between 7 November and 20 November 2016, which included the distribution of a letter and concept plan to residents within a 400m radius of the Park, as well as an onsite consultation held on 16 November 2016. 

At the on-site community consultation held on 16 November 2016 the overwhelming majority of attendees did not support the design, for the following reasons:

  • Lack of space allocated for development
  • Bush (TEC*) should be cleared for larger development footprint
  • Location of the development was too close to the road
  • That keeping the bush would present risks of snakes and other reptiles to park users
  • That the elements did not cater well enough for older children
  • That there was no parking as part of the development

*The existing bushland on the reserve is classified as a Threatened Ecological Community (TEC20a), which is one of the highest levels for retention. 

As a result, those present requested that the project be put on hold whilst an appeal is made to the State Minister for Environment & Heritage to increase the available footprint for the development of the park. Subsequently, the Mayor, Tracey Roberts, wrote to the Minister and received a response encouraging the City to liaise with the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) about requirements for a clearing permit should the City need to clear native vegetation for the proposal.

As a result, those present requested that the project be put on hold whilst an appeal is made to the State Minister for Environment & Heritage to increase the available footprint for the development of the park. Subsequently, the Mayor, Tracey Roberts, wrote to the Minister and received a response encouraging the City to liaise with the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) about requirements for a clearing permit should the City need to clear native vegetation for the proposal. 

10 April 2017 to 7 May 2017 Community Consultation

The concept design has now been revised to provide a larger turfed area for kick about and other activities, relocation of the equipment to a central location away from the road, as well as providing play equipment and accessibility where practicable within the park. 

To ensure the proposed development meets the needs of the local community, this concept plan is now released for public comment from 10 April, consultation submissions close on 7 May 2017.

The City would welcome your feedback online via the City’s Your Say section. Additionally, Elected Members and City Officers will also be available for a face to face event at the Warradale Park Clubrooms on Monday 24 April between 5.00pm and 6.00pm, which will provide residents the opportunity to discuss the proposal in greater detail. 

At the completion of the consultation period, the consolidation of feedback and subsequent design changes (if required) will be reviewed, actioned and reported to Council. Subject to the outcomes of the Council report, the concept design will then form the basis for the clearing permit application, at which point a formal assessment of the application area will be undertaken. The application requires approval through both State and Federal Government and will be submitted as a bi-lateral application. 

It is anticipated that the clearing permit application will be subject to environmental offsets and other conditions in order to clear the protected bushland. Further review and investigation of the application outcomes will then be undertaken and reported to Council for consideration.

Related Documents
Current Stage

Concept design phase

Expected Date of Completion To be advised
Enquiries

Seb Miller
Facility Development & Planning Officer
9405 5084