Open Space & Recreation Study

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Have your say on Open Space & Recreation and win $100!

Council would like your feedback on the future of open space and recreation in North Sydney.

Please complete our Community Survey for your chance to win a $100 gift voucher.


How to get involved:


Background

We know how important open space and recreational opportunities are for the health and well-being of our community. However North Sydney has challenges to deliver new open space due to limited land availability and high costs. It is therefore important that Council take a considered, strategic approach to future open space and recreation planning and provision.


Key themes

To help guide the conversation, we have identified the following themes in the Open Space & Recreation Discussion Paper:

  1. Dealing with our open space deficit
    89% of our community live in high and medium density housing and rely heavily on public open space, with more needed in the future to cater for our increasing population. We would therefore like your ideas on what kind of open space you are missing, and whether you have any ideas about spaces which could be repurposed or multipurposed.
  2. Management and use of our open space
    With limited open space available, it is important that we take an equitable and balanced approach to its management. Our parks and reserves are used by a variety of groups such as schools, dog owners and personal trainers. Our foreshore areas are in high demand for events, and there are no permits or fees required for community or commercial gatherings of under 60 people. We want your ideas on how these groups should be managed and how you think Council could best manage New Years Eve to balance the need of visitors and residents.
  3. Providing opportunities for organised sport
    Council plays a key role in supporting organised sports by providing sportsgrounds and specialist sporting facilities. We want to hear from you about how we can increase capacity and use our existing facilities more efficiently.
  4. Increasing participation
    The benefits of access to open space are well known. Council wants to ensure that we all have access to open space regardless of age and ability. We want to understand if there's anything that prevents you from participating more regularly in sport and recreation, and if there are any suggestions you have for enhancements of a particular space to increase your use of that space.

If you need help accessing the Discussion Paper or would like to view a hard copy version, please call 02 9936 8100.


About this consultation

Council is seeking feedback on five Discussion Papers (Culture and Creativity, Economic Development, Integrated Transport, Open Space and Recreation, and Social Inclusion) via online surveys (open 12 May – 23 June) and dedicated community forums.

The information we collect will help to identify the needs and aspirations of the North Sydney community and will be used to develop a series of strategies that will in turn inform our new 2025-2035 Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Programs and Operational Plans. They will determine our priorities and ensure that Council’s resources are focused on delivering outcomes needed and wanted by our community.


$100 prize draw

Everyone who provides feedback via our online surveys has the option to go into a prize draw to win a weekly $100 gift voucher. There are 4 x $100 gift vouchers available in total. The winners will be drawn at random each week from Tuesday 4 June – Tuesday 25 June inclusive and announced the same day. It is strictly one entry per person per focus area survey.

Have your say on Open Space & Recreation and win $100!

Council would like your feedback on the future of open space and recreation in North Sydney.

Please complete our Community Survey for your chance to win a $100 gift voucher.


How to get involved:


Background

We know how important open space and recreational opportunities are for the health and well-being of our community. However North Sydney has challenges to deliver new open space due to limited land availability and high costs. It is therefore important that Council take a considered, strategic approach to future open space and recreation planning and provision.


Key themes

To help guide the conversation, we have identified the following themes in the Open Space & Recreation Discussion Paper:

  1. Dealing with our open space deficit
    89% of our community live in high and medium density housing and rely heavily on public open space, with more needed in the future to cater for our increasing population. We would therefore like your ideas on what kind of open space you are missing, and whether you have any ideas about spaces which could be repurposed or multipurposed.
  2. Management and use of our open space
    With limited open space available, it is important that we take an equitable and balanced approach to its management. Our parks and reserves are used by a variety of groups such as schools, dog owners and personal trainers. Our foreshore areas are in high demand for events, and there are no permits or fees required for community or commercial gatherings of under 60 people. We want your ideas on how these groups should be managed and how you think Council could best manage New Years Eve to balance the need of visitors and residents.
  3. Providing opportunities for organised sport
    Council plays a key role in supporting organised sports by providing sportsgrounds and specialist sporting facilities. We want to hear from you about how we can increase capacity and use our existing facilities more efficiently.
  4. Increasing participation
    The benefits of access to open space are well known. Council wants to ensure that we all have access to open space regardless of age and ability. We want to understand if there's anything that prevents you from participating more regularly in sport and recreation, and if there are any suggestions you have for enhancements of a particular space to increase your use of that space.

If you need help accessing the Discussion Paper or would like to view a hard copy version, please call 02 9936 8100.


About this consultation

Council is seeking feedback on five Discussion Papers (Culture and Creativity, Economic Development, Integrated Transport, Open Space and Recreation, and Social Inclusion) via online surveys (open 12 May – 23 June) and dedicated community forums.

The information we collect will help to identify the needs and aspirations of the North Sydney community and will be used to develop a series of strategies that will in turn inform our new 2025-2035 Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Programs and Operational Plans. They will determine our priorities and ensure that Council’s resources are focused on delivering outcomes needed and wanted by our community.


$100 prize draw

Everyone who provides feedback via our online surveys has the option to go into a prize draw to win a weekly $100 gift voucher. There are 4 x $100 gift vouchers available in total. The winners will be drawn at random each week from Tuesday 4 June – Tuesday 25 June inclusive and announced the same day. It is strictly one entry per person per focus area survey.

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