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The Hunters Hill Trust

The Hunters Hill Trust

Preserving Our Heritage since 1968

Updated Draft Plan for Boronia Park

Boronia ParkThe updated Draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park will be on exhibition at Council from 19 August until 16 September 2015.

You can go to Council’s website to see:

  • Updated Draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park July 2015
  • Updated Concept Design
  • Report on Consultation Outcomes for the Boronia Park Draft Plan of Management
  • Councillor Briefing Minutes

Link here:  Updated Draft Boronia Park Plan of Management

Send written comments to the General Manager, Hunter’s Hill Council P.O. Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110, or council@huntershill.nsw.gov.au.

Contact Council’s Bushland Management Officer, Jacqui Vollmer on 9879 9439 or email vollmerj@huntershill.nsw.gov.au for more information.

 

2015-08-12T23:16:32+11:00August 12, 2015|

Boronia Park now … and the future?

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For now …  

 Hunters Hill Trust members enjoyed a guided walk through beautiful Boronia Park.

How lucky we are to have such treasures to share!

And for the future?

The proposed amendments to the Boronia Park Draft Plan of Management will be discussed on Monday August 10th at the Council meeting.

Check the report here:  Draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park.

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2015-08-12T23:15:51+11:00August 5, 2015|

Lets make plans based on facts – not emotion & exaggeration

boronia park open spaceA letter from HHT President Tony Coote to Ross Williams, The Save Hunters Hill Municipality Coalition.  SCROLL DOWN to see Ross Williams’ reply

Dear Ross,

Following last Monday’s Council meeting and your impassioned plea for more sporting facilities in Boronia Park, I was wondering whether in making that plea were you representing the views of SHHMC?

Also I was also concerned about the figures you used in your argument.   You are quoted in the Northern District Times – “Boronia Park is 80 percent natural bushland and 20 percent recreational land and only about 12 percent is the sporting ovals”. Attached for your information is a the map of Boronia Park that relates to the PoM.  I have overlaid the map with the area taken up by the ovals, their surrounds and part of the access road which is essential to their maintenance and which is sometimes used for parking during sports activities.  According to my calculations all this represents approximately 31% of the site. If you add to this the cleared areas such as Findlays Paddock you get a total of around 45% of the site, which leaves only 55% of the site remaining.   The 55% remainder is by no means “natural bushland” because it includes significant areas degraded by dumping in previous times and other partially cleared places. This makes your quoted figures of 80% “natural bushland” and 12% sporting ovals somewhat shy of the reality.

I also point out that in arguing for more amenities for the clubs you made a special plea based on the work they do for the local children.  As someone who takes kids to and from soccer matches throughout the metropolitan area I am aware of what’s involved and what is required here.

The reality is that kiddies come to games already togged out and that their parents rush them away (still togged) immediately after the game so they can be half way across Sydney for the kiddie’s sister’s netball game and thus have no need for change rooms let alone “meeting rooms”.  Clearly the kids need toilet facilities.

And I wonder about the need for “meeting rooms” for the senior players.  Having played rugby at grade level for some years with Sydney University I am well aware of rugby culture post match.  I suggest that any so-called meeting room would simply be a place where the senior players can hang around after the game having a few beers either commiserating a loss or celebrating a win.

Kind Regards, Tony Coote, President The Hunters Hill Trust

ROSS WILLIAMS responds:

Dear Tony,

I was speaking as Ross Williams.  I make it very clear when I am speaking for SHHMC.  I do have the right to be a resident with passionate views.

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2015-05-31T15:28:42+11:00May 28, 2015|

Changes to the Boronia Park Plan of Management

 

Boronia Park, Lane Cove River

Boronia Park, Lane Cove River

There has been a huge response to the 2015 Draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park.  Council received:

  • 522 submissions from individuals
  • 12 submissions from clubs and organisations associated with the park (including Hunters Hill Trust)
  • 2 petitions from the same group, one with 12 signatures and the other with 91 signatures.

The issues most commonly raised:

  • 536 people emphasized the value of open space
  • 277  support upgrades of the grandstand for community and sporting clubs use
  • 271 want drainage improved to ovals #1 and #2
  • 267 want disabled parking access
  • 242 support proposals for the collection and reuse of water on the site
  • 241 want turfing, regrading and resurfacing for ovals 1 & 2
  • 233 noted the importance of informal recreation
  • 224 noted the environmental values of the park
  • 214 do not support any new building in the centre of the park
  • 212 want access for emergency vehicle to organised sporting facilities
  • 207 said Boronia Park is a highly valued place for everyone to enjoy
  • 197 support new community facility building between ovals 2 and 3
  • 99 highlighted heritage issues
  • 54 were concerned about bushland management.

You can check the full Boronia Park 2015 Consultation Report.

Amendments to the Plan of Management will be presented to Council on Monday 25th May.

 

2015-05-23T17:21:44+11:00May 23, 2015|

HHT responds to Councillor Zac Miles’ unfounded fears

BP concept designDraft Plan of Management for Boronia Park

The Weekly Times has published HHT Executive member, Alister Sharp’s response to Zac Miles’ recent article that criticised the Draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park and raised all sorts of unfounded anxieties in the community. You can read Alister’s letter below or link here: The Weekly Times.

You can check the draft Plan for yourself:  Plan of Management for Boronia Park.

Trust reply to Clr Zac Miles
Dear Sir,
In his ‘To The Point’ article (TWT 3-3-2015), Hunters Hill Councillor Zac Miles criticised his Council’s Draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park.

This was a surprise because the Draft Plan was prepared by an experienced, independent consultant selected by public tender.

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2015-03-19T12:25:31+11:00March 19, 2015|

Boronia Park: time running out

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Boronia Park, Lane Cove River

cars in the parkThe closing date for comments on the Plan of Management for Boronia Park is MARCH 27th.  Some people are saying they want building development in the park and to give priority to cars.

Hunters Hill Trust members need to make their voices heard.  This is what Conrad and Alice Oppen have to say:   Boronia Park letter.

Here is the Committee’s letter: Hunters Hill Trust BORONIA PARK  submission.

speak up 3Send your comments (however brief) on the draft Plan of Management to the General Manager, Hunter’s Hill Council P.O. Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110

or by Email:  council@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

 

2015-03-04T13:37:21+11:00February 24, 2015|

the future of Boronia Park

Do you want to know more about the Draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park or get to know the park a bit better?

Guided Walk  10 am Sunday 15th February

Meet members of the Hunters Hill Trust in front of the Boronia Park grandstand, corner of Park Road and Ryde Road for a guided walk.  Walk will finish before midday.

Please RSVP:  maureenf@fairfaxbm.com

  1. The park’s sensitive bushland and core habitat areas must be protected
  2. Any new buildings or car parks must only be located along the road perimeter NOT inside the park
  3. The Grandstand should be upgraded with improved access and community use
  4. The plan should ensure equitable multi-use activities
  5. There should be no exclusive arrangements through special leases or licenses
  6. The lighting should be adjusted to only illuminate the playing fields and not the surrounding streets and houses.

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Send your comments on the new Plan of Management to the General Manager, Hunter’s Hill Council P.O. Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110 or  council@huntershill.nsw.gov.au before 4pm Friday 27th February.

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2015-02-07T23:01:45+11:00February 7, 2015|

who will take care of Boronia Park?

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Tipperary Falls

Things have been going wrong at Boronia Park recently.

damage from recent construction

damage from recent construction

Hunters Hill Council is the trustee manager of this important 24 hectare piece of Crown Land, but a lot of damage was done to the park when the Plan of Management was ignored when a new rugby oval was built.

There is a new draft Plan of Management for Boronia Park  that proposes changes to the park, and lists issues and actions needed.  See details of the Concept Design by clicking on the image below and waiting for it to load:

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Most people say that they like the park… but we all need to take action to protect if for the future.

Send your comments on the new Plan of Management to the General Manager, Hunter’s Hill Council P.O. Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110 or  council@huntershill.nsw.gov.au.

SOme Key issues from our point of view:

  • Protect the park’s sensitive bushland and core habitat areas
  • New buildings or carparks must only be located along the road perimeter – NOT inside the park
  • Upgrade the Grandstand with improved access and community use
  • Equitable multi-use activities
  • No exclusive arrangements through special leases/licenses
  • Adjust the lighting to light only the playing fields and reduce glare into the surrounding streets and houses.

For further information

Boronia Park Alliance.  Contact the group:    boroniaparkalliance@gmail.com or PO Box 2127, Boronia Park 2111:

Council’s Bushland Management Officer Jacqui Vollmer 9879 9439 vollmerj@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

2015-02-07T22:36:54+11:00January 10, 2015|

Plans for Boronia Park: get it right

Boronia Park is getting a Plan of Management.  Tell Council what matters to you about Boronia Park, and how you want to protect it for future generations:    Complete a quick survey here

Protect our precious park:  more information about how to make sure we get a good plan here.

 

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Tipperary Falls

Tipperary Falls

 

 

2014-07-21T23:39:29+11:00July 21, 2014|

new Plan of Management (PoM) for Boronia Park

Boronia Park

Boronia Park is 24.2 hectares of precious public land that includes natural bushland, river frontage and a range of recreational facilities.

Council has just appointed Thompson Berrill Landscape Design Pty Ltd (http://tbld.com.au/) to review the Boronia Park PoM.

The plan is  to consult ‘community group stakeholders, sporting group stakeholders, relevant government agencies and local residents via community survey questionnaire leaflet, on site community survey and online survey. Consultation is likely to be held in July and August.

The Plan is expected to:

  • Identify the aesthetic, biodiversity, recreational, education and scientific values of the park to the community
  • Identify potential opportunities for future recreational development of the park based on community priorities
  • Identify threats to the ecological quality of the bushland and provide strategies to sustainably manage the natural resources
  • Address current issues including the mix of recreational facilities, recreation needs of residents, the natural bushland and conflict between users
  • Prepare a concept plan showing practical future developments
  • Prepare guidelines for future management and maintenance of the park
  • Enable Hunter’s Hill Council to fulfil its responsibilities under NSW legislation in particular the Local Government Act 1993.

The time frames are tight.  A draft PoM will be presented to Council in September and exhibited until October, with the final Plan adopted before Christmas.

2014-06-17T08:51:26+11:00June 16, 2014|
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