Master Plan for the Parklands at Johnstons Creek

(6pm 27 June 2012, St Scholastica's College, Ave Rd Glebe)

Hello, everyone, Welcome to this forum. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our City.

This meeting marks the beginning of an exciting new prospect for open space in Glebe. We want to involve your community from the beginning in developing a master plan for the Johnstons Creek parklands.

These comprise the existing areas of Bicentennial, Federal and Jubilee Parks, and Jubilee Oval. Added to those will be The Crescent lands - that is, the existing storage facilities occupying lots 3-11 The Crescent which we have acquired, and there is also the 3.8 hectares of land at Harold Park, dedicated to the City as open space under our agreement with Mirvac.

These acquisitions will increase the amount of recreation space and provide opportunities to better connect the parklands into the surrounding areas.

The master plan will cover all these areas, including The Hill, just behind the Tramsheds, which is to be remediated under the master plan.

Together, they will add to the existing ribbon of parkland around the Glebe foreshore, and provide a range of opportunities for active and passive open space.

We will develop a co-ordinated approach to the design and character of the parks, to improve their environmental performance, to provide opportunities for active recreation, and the associated facilities such as toilets, community buildings etc.

We will look at access and circulation, linking the parks to the local area, to public transport and the wider region.

We need to identify and strengthen the heritage and characteristics of the different areas, integrate and expand the opportunities for sport and passive recreation, and determine the best re-use of the Crescent Lands as part of the new open space.

The City is at present upgrading the linear park around Johnston's Canal as a shared walking and cycling path and we will also be creating a new pedestrian path to link through Federal Park to Bicentennial Park.

So this is the beginning of the process: how do we best use these lands, especially the new spaces? What is you vision for them? How do you want the various areas to look and what are the best uses for them, and where?

After this first meeting, city staff will be looking at the comments and outcomes from tonight. They will then draw up a number of options that we'll bring back to another workshop later in the year, probably around October, where again you'll have a chance to give us your feedback.

That will lead to a draft master plan with preferred options which will go on public exhibition early next year. Once again, you'll have a chance to give us your feedback before we finalise the plan in mid 2013.

So once again, welcome to this workshop and I look forward to hearing your ideas. We have Lisa Dodd and Andrew Fowler from the city who will outline for you some of the main components of these areas and we also welcome our facilitator who will be running tonight's workshop.