Precincts 50 Years - Photo and Story Sharing Portal

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The North Sydney Precinct System has been in operation for 50 years!

We invite you to share your stories, memories and photos as part of the celebration and recognition of the Precinct Committees' contribution to the North Sydney community.

We want to hear from current and past members, including if you've moved out of the North Sydney local government area - tell us about when and why you first got involved? Was it the opportunity to meet people in your local area or because of a particular issue? We also want to hear about a significant moment or achievement of your Precinct Committee.

Note: all posts are moderated. Inappropriate or derogatory comments will not be published. Please also be mindful of privacy requirements.

The North Sydney Precinct System has been in operation for 50 years!

We invite you to share your stories, memories and photos as part of the celebration and recognition of the Precinct Committees' contribution to the North Sydney community.

We want to hear from current and past members, including if you've moved out of the North Sydney local government area - tell us about when and why you first got involved? Was it the opportunity to meet people in your local area or because of a particular issue? We also want to hear about a significant moment or achievement of your Precinct Committee.

Note: all posts are moderated. Inappropriate or derogatory comments will not be published. Please also be mindful of privacy requirements.

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Privacy Statement: North Sydney Council is collecting your personal information for the purposes sharing photos to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Precinct System. The supply of personal information is entirely voluntary. It is not intended to make the details of individuals participating in the trial publicly available. We may however, quote details of comments provided and group together the demographics of trial participants in our reporting process. Council shall be regarded as the agency that holds your personal information and access to your personal information by interested parties may be released in line with Council policies. You have a right to access your personal information held by Council. You also have a right to have your personal information corrected or amended by Council. Applications by members of the public to access Council’s records which are not in the public arena are subject to the provisions of Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998, Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 and North Sydney Council’s Privacy Management Plan.

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    The legacy of Cec Pearsall

    by Catherine, 10 months ago
    I joined Parks Precinct in 1998, after my retirement, principally through the example of the late Cec Pearsall who was an active participant in many initiatives in North Sydney.

    Always civic minded, Cec devoted many hours to the Precinct., preparing and hand delivering meeting notices and taking on roles as Secretary and Chair.

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    Precinct led community events

    about 1 year ago

    Over the years many a Precinct Committee has hosted events brining their local community together. Popular past events have included the Hayes Street Party and Plateau Easter Egg Hunt.

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    Helping neighbours help each other

    by Ian Curdie, over 1 year ago

    Why did I become involved? Ian Curdie resident of Lavender Street since 1986

    I became aware of various issues affecting the residential amenity of my new neighbourhood and I wondered what the community thought – was there something we could do to improve our lot?

    The motivating issue concerned the volume of through traffic, including thousands of buses, using Arthur St between Lavender St and the Pacific Highway. Since Council closed Miller St at Blues Point Road, creating St Peter’s Park, traffic had been diverted into Arthur St. It seemed that the residents of Arthur St had been disadvantaged and... Continue reading

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    50 years of Precincts - Short Film

    by cholding, over 1 year ago

    I first became involved when I helped re-activate Brightmore Precinct in 2015 and served as Co-Chair until January 2022.

    The precinct system is a great way to have an impact in safeguarding or improving the streets and area directly around your home.

    What could be more rewarding than giving back to the community - having some input - and hopefully also making your own life and living space just a little better?

    If you haven't tried it, I'd encourage everyone to give it a go.



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    History behind the Precinct area names - did you know?

    over 1 year ago

    ‘Precinct’ describes a physical area with borders defined by factors including physical geography, demographics, build form and land use.

    ‘Committee’ describes the gathering of community representatives (including residents, workers, students and property owners) per Precinct area who meet formally to discuss local issues and raise them with Council.

    Refer to the Document Library for the history behind the current 25 Precinct area names.

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    Other councils with Precinct Systems

    over 1 year ago

    Since the 1980s, North Sydney’s Precinct System has had significant interest from local government organisations based in Australia and overseas. In the 1980s and 1990s many local government areas in NSW established Precinct Systems inspired by North Sydney's model, including Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Leichhardt, Liverpool, Manly, Randwick, Shoalhaven, Sutherland, Waverley, Wollongong and Wyong; a few have existed in South Australia and Western Australia. Today, Precinct Systems continue in Kiama, Randwick and Waverley areas (alongside North Sydney). Other council areas who had a Precinct System evolved their program into Neighbourhood Forums (or similar) and placed based approaches to neighbourhood planning. With... Continue reading

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    Precinct System recognised

    over 1 year ago

    North Sydney Council received the A. R. Bluett Memorial Award in 1974 for initiative and achievement in Local Government in NSW, from the (then) Local Government Association of NSW based on, among other things, public participation via its Precinct System. This is one of the most prestigious awards in the local government sector.

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    Precinct areas - an innovative consultation method

    over 1 year ago

    Did you know? The ‘precincts’ model was birthed from a community consultation in 1971 which invited 240 residents to assess planning issues for the development of a draft Flat Code (planning controls for apartment blocks).

    The resulting planning controls failed to address the community’s growing concern over flat buildings being constructed across the area and Council resolved to have a detailed review of the planning controls. A network of 56 residential and seven commercial precincts were established to assist with the process.

    These early Precinct groups met in private homes and were charged with conducting household surveys to determine what... Continue reading

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    Progress Associations - a precursor to Precinct Committees

    over 1 year ago

    This 1998 work by artist Merris Hillard, from the North Sydney Council's art collection, depicts Estelle Hillard, the first female alderman elected to North Sydney Council, who served from 1957 to 1962. The portrait was painted by her daughter. It was entered into the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 1998 and donated to Council in 2000.

    In the 1950s, the nuisance of industrial development motivated the McMahons Point and Lavender Bay Progress Association (a precursor to Precinct Committees) to oppose the industrial zoning of the Berry's Bay and Lavender Bay foreshore - a classification which in large part simply... Continue reading

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