Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Northern Beaches Council announces new sport facilities and creative art precincts

Northern Beaches Council announces new sport facilities and creative art precincts
March 14, 2019

NSW Northern Beaches Council have announced that it is to develop at new sports facility at Cromer High School which will provide facilities not just for students but also the broader community.

The Council will work with NSW Education to make this a reality with Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan stating there was a desperate need for more sports facilities across the Northern Beaches and little space to develop them.

“We have been advocating for some time for the community to be able to access sport facilities and areas within schools at times when the students are not using them.

“We welcome the opportunity to progress the partnership at Cromer High. It’s win-win: the students get a new state of the art facility and the community have more options.

Northern Beaches Council have also approved two sites to house the new Creative Arts Space North – the Mona Vale Civic Centre for a number of multi-use creative spaces, including a large exhibition space, and a section of the Avalon Golf Club for two artist studios and a teaching space.

Advising that several sites have been explored over an 18-month period which included extensive consultation with the community, Mayor Regan stated "this is a great outcome for the community. Originally, only one site was considered, but now two have become available which ensure the longevity and needs of the creative community in the north of our peninsula.

“Since initial investigations into suitable site options were considered, a unique opportunity to utilise a large part of the Mona Vale Civic Centre has presented itself.

“It certainly ticks all the user and location requirements such as exposure to exhibitions due to the high pedestrian and vehicular traffic, access to public transport and a town centre which will also benefit economically from a great community and creative hub. It will also house artist studios and teaching space for use by the thriving creative community in the north of the Northern Beaches.

“80% of the community were also very clear in supporting the refurbishment of the Avalon Golf Club.

"I think this outcome is a win for everyone and I look forward to supporting our creative community well into the future."

The multipurpose studios at the Golf Club will provide a minimum of four new artists a base for a 12-month period at a time and opportunities for teaching and some small scale exhibitions space will also be explored.

The refurbishment of the golf Club is expected to take place in the next 12 months while construction at the Civic Centre is expected to commence in late 2020.

To date $1 million has been allocated from the Merger Savings Fund for the project with additional funds to be explored to make up the remaining $3 million to complete the project.

Related Articles

4th March 2019 - New funding to upgrade sport facilities for women in Western Australia

28th February 2019 - Funding boost delivers new clubhouse for Slacks Creek Rugby League Club

14th January 2019 - Sport Australia’s Kate Palmer says schools are critical to solving nation’s inactivity crisis

28th February 2018 - New Melbourne art gallery grows from private collection

29th April 2017 - Northern Beaches Council considers sacrificing golf courses for sports fields

25th September 2016 - 1.2 million primary school students participate in Sporting Schools program

17th February 2016 - Manly Sea Eagles reach agreement with Warringah Council to stay at Brookvale Oval

21st August 2015 - Warringah Council opens two synthetic sports fields

6th June 2014 - International snowsports knowledge now available on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

27th November 2013 - Study reveals the impact of Public Art Museums

10th April 2013 - Warringah Council opens first new sportsfield in more than 20 years

2nd July 2012 - Australia’s first Fieldturf Revolution playing surface unveiled at Cromer Park

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 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

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport


Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues


METRA Australia

METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities.  Our team’s…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security


Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces


Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism



Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues



We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness


State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see

read more



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