(11am 20 August 2011, Woolley Street Glebe)
Hello, everyone, and welcome to our consultation. I would like firstly to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.
I'm glad to see you all here today to continue our work to improve St James Park. This is a valuable community space which now needs a make-over.
It's used by children from St James Primary School for their after-school play; it provides for tennis players and dog walkers and gives people a place to relax, to sit and read.
When we held our first consultation earlier this year, most of those attending said they used the park at least once a week, and they were pleased to have the chance to contribute ideas for improving the park.
Some of the main suggestions that came out of our initial consultation were the improve the grassed areas, upgrade the play equipment and other amenities, provide plants to shelter the blue wren population, upgrade the tennis court surface, remove weed trees and smarten up the general maintenance and appearance of the park.
Today you can see the proposed new design which includes:
- an enlarged area for nature play
- a larger grassed area for passive recreation
- planting of small bird habitat
- greater connectivity between the different sections of the park
- improvements to the tennis courts and amenities and
- the possible allocation of space for a community garden.
Under the proposed scheme, some five car parking spaces will be lost and work on the park is expected to begin by the middle of next year.
I thank you all for your suggestions and ideas, and for coming here again today.