The first round of public consultation on this project finished on 3 April 2018.
We received 137 comments from individuals and organisations through the online form, by email, and through a range of meetings and discussions with key stakeholders, including sports codes, clubs and community groups.
We identified several key themes from this feedback:
- Balancing the use of parks for everyday activities like walking and picnicking with organised events and sporting activities.
- The need to provide more park space and tree cover as residential properties become smaller.
- The need to put a greater focus on ecological restoration and pest control.
- Developing parks to encourage play, social interaction, and events or programmes.
- Finding ways to reduce competition between sporting codes for the allocation of fields, courts and access to park buildings.
- Allowing long-term lease holders to retain their historical occupation in the face of competition.
In putting together the Draft Hibiscus and Bays Open Space Management Plan, we identified a number of pieces of land that need to be either classified or reclassified under the Reserves Act.
This process has now been completed and we are currently finalising the draft plan.
We anticipate that you will be able to have your say on the Hibiscus and Bays Local Parks/Open Space Management Plan in May/June 2019.