Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

50-year vision looks to deliver greater protection for Sydney’s green spaces

50-year vision looks to deliver greater protection for Sydney’s green spaces
May 25, 2021

New proposed legislation from the NSW Government aims to deliver added protection for Greater Sydney parks - expanding and conserving the city’s precious green spaces, and giving communities a stronger voice, as part of a 50-year vision.

The white paper proposes a new Greater Sydney Parklands Trust to act as a city-wide champion for existing and future parks.

In releasing the white paper on the new framework for public consultation, NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes notes “as the first NSW Minister for Public Spaces, I am driven by the once-in-a-generation opportunity to make parks and public spaces as important as the roads, trains and light rail that move our people around.

“Parks are for everyone, no matter where you live, and we need to shift our way of managing individual parks to a model that benefits Greater Sydney as a whole.

“How we collectively run these parklands is crucial. We need the right focus for community participation, governance, funding, and operating frameworks, along with strong and enduring funding streams, to deliver on the ambitions of our 50-Year vision for Sydney’s parklands.”

The Greater Sydney Parklands (GSP) is currently the umbrella agency for Sydney’s most iconic parks – Centennial and Moore parks, Callan Park, Western Sydney Parklands, Fernhill Estate, and Parramatta Park which cover more than 6,000 hectares and are visited by more than 40 million people each year.

Minister Stokes said the white paper maps a pathway for Greater Sydney Parklands legislation that would strengthen protections for Sydney’s most iconic parklands by unilaterally prohibiting their sale; introducing new limits on commercial activities; developing a sustainable funding model to last generations, and giving communities a stronger voice in their future. Since the GSP was established in July 2020, it has:

  • Released the Callan Park Landscape Structure Plan which included $14 million in works;
  • Exhibited a draft plan of management for Fernhill Estate;
  • Completed stages four and five at Bungarribee Park in Western Sydney, creating greater access to community open space and parklands;
  • Regenerated native bushland in Centennial Park and launched the Indigenous art and cultural installation on the Gurawil Trail; and
  • Contributed a $4.5 million upgrade to ES Marks Field.
  • Community and stakeholder feedback on the 50-Year Vision Discussion Paper, released last year, has contributed to the proposal set out in the white paper.

Minister Stokes added “we are being open and transparent about this process. The white paper will be on exhibition for six weeks and we are keen to hear what the community has to say."

The white paper is on public exhibition until 5th July. To find out more and provide feedback on the white paper, visit planningportal.nsw.gov.au/GSPwhitepaper.
For the 50 year vision go to planning.nsw.gov.au/GSPwhitepaper

Image: Cover NSW Gov 2021 Parkland Whitepaper.

Related Articles

17th May 2021 - Parks and Leisure Australia regional conference looks to create a climate for change

15th April 2021 - NSW Planning Minister to investigate alternatives to synthetic grass

16th March 2021 - NSW Government announces funding for parks and play

10th March 2021 - Penrith Council plants 340 new trees in Chameleon Reserve

18th January 2021 - NSW national parks receive major infrastructure investment

24th December 2020 - NSW Government returns 15,000 hectares of land returned to traditional owners to form new national park

16th December 2020 - Event highlights the importance of developing Nature Play across NSW

29th October 2020 - Blacktown City becomes greener with tree planting program

31st August 2020 - Public spaces key to cooling urban areas

5th August 2020 - Funding announced for new parks, walking trails and open spaces in NSW

16th July 2020 - NSW Government plans merger of Sydney’s parks agencies

27th June 2020 - NSW Government makes record land purchase to create new national park

25th April 2020 - NSW Government to spend $20 million on public spaces in Sydney’s inner west

28th June 2020 - Visits to Sydney’s green spaces increase during Coronavirus crisis

18th October 2019 - Centennial Parklands secures Abel Sports futsal goals

11th June 2019 - NSW Government makes $19 million budget commitment to enhance green space

24th October 2017 - NSW Government appoints first Open Space and Parks Design Coordinator to oversee green projects

29th November 2013 - NSW Government report finds statewide loss of parks and public open space


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

The Pool Enclosure Company

Now TPEC Pool Enclosures - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/tpec-pool-enclosures

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

Myzone

Email for trade enquiries: Enquiriesapac@myzone.org  Customer support desk - Click Myzone support or go to ‘help’ on myzone app to access live support. Myzone® is the leading…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

ProSlide Technology

ProSlide is the global leader in water ride design and manufacturing, supplying high-performance water attractions to new and expanding water parks around the world. For over three decades, ProSlide…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business