Masterplan of Johnstons Creek Parklands

(1.30pm, Saturday 8 December 2012, St Scholastica's College, 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.

I also acknowledge Councillor Kemmis who is also here today.

This meeting marks the second phase of consultation for even more open space in your area. We want to continue to involve your community 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, and The Hill just behind the Tramsheds.

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

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.

During the first phase of consultation we asked how you use the parklands, what you like about the area, what needs improvement and what you would like to see in the future. Analysis of your feedback saw some key themes emerge.

These included the need to increase environmental values, the balance of active and passive recreation, heritage considerations, the importance of access and circulation in and around the parklands and support for opportunities for community and cultural uses. We have used these outcomes along with technical studies to form the guiding principals and strategies with which we can address key issues.

We will present these to you today and ask for your feedback on the strategies. Consultation will continue online and at focus groups. City staff will look feedback technical considerations in creating the draft master plan. We will be back to present this to you early next year and you will once again have the opportunity to provide feedback before we finalise the plan in mid 2013.

So once again, welcome to this workshop and we look forward to hearing your ideas. We have Lisa Dodd from the city who will give an overview of the project background , Leonard Lynch from Cloustens will outline the emerging strategies and we also welcome our facilitator, Jo Kelly, who will be running this afternoon's workshop.