City of Parramatta Council is upgrading Newington Reserve on the corner of Slough Avenue and Holker Street in Silverwater.

In October 2022, Council presented a Final Draft Concept Plan for community feedback. The consultation closed at 5pm on Monday 7 November 2022. Thank you for you feedback!

Background

Council first presented a Draft Concept Plan of proposed upgrades at Newington Reserve in December 2020 to gauge community support. Through the initial online survey, 78% of participants said 'YES!' they support the proposed concept design, and a further 12.5% provided some level of support.

The project has experienced delays due to a number of factors including the requirement for further investigations into the site conditions and funding constraints.

The Final Draft Concept Plan for the new recreational facility at Newington Reserve, includes:

  • A full-size football (soccer) field
  • A mini-size football (soccer) field
  • Sports field lighting
  • A sports pavilion building
  • Spectator seating
  • Site levelling including retaining walls
  • Park furniture, electric BBQ’s, and outdoor exercise equipment
  • Garden beds and shade tree planting,
  • On-street car parking (subject to approvals)

Note: Click on the Proposed Car Parking tab below to see detailed plans of proposed on-street car parking.

The project will be jointly funded by the City of Parramatta Council, with additional funding from the NSW Government Office of Sport, and Football NSW through the following grants:

  • NSW Government Office of Sport: Greater Cities Sports Facilities Fund 2021/22
  • NSW Government Office of Sport: Multi-sport Community Facility Fund 2021/22
  • Football NSW: Let’s Light-up Football grant

Note: Due to a number of factors, removal of existing trees will be required. Please refer to FAQ section below for additional information.

SYNTHETIC TURF SPORTS FIELD

The Final Concept Plan recommends that Newington Reserve has a synthetic turf sports field.

Environmental best practice design will be included in the development of the synthetic field. Design measures to ensure environmental best practice include use of organic infill, appropriate drainage, UV stabiliser in turf fibres, field of play perimeter kerb (to prevent spill-over into drains) and brush mats for boots.

Note: You can provide comments on the proposed synthetic turf sports field in the online survey.

  • A synthetic turf field was proposed on the Draft Concept Plan and during the initial phases of consultation it received strong community support.
  • Newington Reserve will only be able to accommodate a single sporting field, which will not completely offset the loss of two sporting fields at Wilson Park. Synthetic turf will be able to receive a higher intensity of use than what a single turf field would, and provide a functional space for sports to operate and evolve.
  • Council currently does not have any other formal sporting spaces within the suburbs of Newington, Silverwater and Wentworth Point. While there is existing regional level community infrastructure nearby in Sydney Olympic Park, these facilities may have limited availability for local use, and high costs may be a barrier for some residents in accessing these facilities.
  • The site is surrounded by industry/ business estates. It is proposed the site can receive high levels of usage including night matches as there will be no disturbance to residential properties.
  • The site does not border other parkland, waterways or ecological areas.
  • Large trees can be planted adjacent to the playing field. Shadowing will not affect the quality of the playing surface.

PROPOSED CAR PARKING

The Final Draft Concept Plan proposes the construction of on-street angled car parking and traffic calming devices (speed humps) on Slough Avenue. The design proposes to:

  • Maximise on-street car parking on Slough Avenue,
  • Provide 2 disabled parking bays with direct access to the sports field,
  • Increase safety for drivers/ park users through the traffic calming devices,
  • Allow for maintenance and safety vehicle access into the reserve.

Council is not proposing to implement paid parking requirements, and car parking will remain free. It is not proposed to include timed parking restrictions. If required, parking can be monitored with timed parking restrictions installed in the future.

Following consultation, the proposal will be considered by the Parramatta Traffic Committee which includes representatives from the City of Parramatta Council, NSW Police, Transport for NSW and the office of the Local State Member of Parliament, and by Council in early 2023.

NEXT STEPS

Following the final consultation period, your feedback will be used to further refine the plan during detailed design. Once plans have been documented for construction, works will be put to public tender (quote) with construction works anticipated to commence in June 2023.

It is anticipated all works will be completed by July 2024.


Community engagement

Public exhibition closed at 5pm on Monday 7 November 2022.

Please follow this page for project updates.


Frequently asked questions

Newington Reserve is being developed into a recreational facility to offset the loss of publically accessible sports fields at Wilson Park Silverwater. Wilson Park is owned by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) and been closed to community use for the development of a new Cricket NSW Centre of Excellence.

Council’s Community Infrastructure Strategy has identified Newington Reserve as the sole location within the surrounding area which has the potential to accommodate a new full sized sports field and associated facilities.

Yes, the sports field will be open to community use and there are no plans for a locked facility.

As with all of Council’s sports fields, Newington Reserve will be available for hire by sports clubs, schools and the general public. When the sports field is not in use by a hirer, it will be open for use to any member of the community.

For more information on the hire of Council’s parks and reserves, please refer to the link below:

www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/recreation-environmentour-parks/park-and-reserve-hire

The proposed sports pavilion building will include facilities for sports teams and clubs who are using the field such as change rooms, toilets, a kiosk and storage.

Proposed fencing will be installed to protect people and motorists within the park and adjoining roads and properties. Fencing will varying in height depending on its location within the park. For example, 1m high fencing is proposed for the sidelines, while ball screening up to 6m high is proposed behind the goals.

Where possible, fencing heights will be kept to a minimum.

Yes, the sports field will include LED flood lighting suitable for night-time competition matches and training.

Yes, Council aims at making the reserve a place the whole community can enjoy, and this includes traditional park facilities. Facilities provided will include park seating and shade trees, picnic tables and shelters and an electric BBQ.

Fill in the on-line survey to tell us what facilities you would like to see in the proposed upgrade works.

The project will be funded by City of Parramatta Council with additional funding from the NSW Government Office of Sport and Football NSW. Funding sources are:

  • City of Parramatta Council: 7.11 Contributions Plan. These plans collect funding from Development to develop new community infrastructure that meet the needs of the growing population.
  • NSW Government Office of Sport: Greater Cities Sports Facilities Fund 2021/22
  • NSW Government Office of Sport: Multi-sport Community Facility Fund 2021/22
  • Football NSW: Let’s Light-up Football grant

Current cost estimates show that delivery of the entire project is only marginally within current funding availability. This is primarily due to existing contaminated site soils, and recent increases in costs across the construction market. A true cost of works will not be known until after public tender (quote).

Council is committed to delivering a recreational facility at Newington Reserve. If required non-critical items will be removed from the scope of works so key elements such as the sports field, sports pavilion building and on-street car parking can be delivered.

City of Parramatta engaged a specialist licensed consultant to conduct soil sampling in Newington Reserve over a two day period in September and October 2019. All investigations were undertaken in accordance with current environment, health and safety standards and guidelines, with measures undertaken to ensure public safety during the works.

Soil test results indicated that low levels of asbestos contamination was present throughout the site. Due to the material being buried and maintenance of the grass cover layer across the reserve, the risk of exposure is considered low unless the soil is disturbed.

Council has implemented a series of works programs and remedial actions which are mitigating the risk of buried material becoming exposed. Asbestos can only pose a risk to human health if it can become airborne, and while buried asbestos generally is a very low risk, it is important that Council continues to identify sites where asbestos materials may be present so actions and safeguards can be put in place to ensure public safety.

Council will continue to work in consultation with the EPA, SafeWork NSW and NSW Health, and seek advice from specialists to secure the most appropriate long-term treatments for the site.

Due to existing site conditions, it is anticipated that most existing trees will require removal.

Tree removal is considered necessary for the following reasons:

1.Available open space: Currently the flat open space available in Newington Reserve is insufficient for proposed works. Tree removal will be required to ensure all works are delivered to correct standards and guidelines.

2.Existing topography: The existing topography of Newington Reserve will require significant modification (regrading) to accommodate proposed facilities. This will result in major adjustments to levels which could negatively affect the health of trees in a number of locations (for example exposing or burying tree roots).

3.Contaminated soils: It is not possible to remove contaminated soils within the vicinity of existing tree roots while ensuring the long term health of a tree. Provision of capping layers over existing tree root can also be problematic and is not considered suitable for this site.

Council seeks to ensure the long-term safety of the public by removing as much contaminated material from the site as possible, while installing new soil material (and capping layer) which completely removes the possible risk exposure.

New trees will be planted around the edges of the park, with a combination of advanced and semi advanced stock (pot size) installed to provide instant impact and benefit.

It is proposed that tree planting will consist primarily of native species, however non-native species may be used for feature trees or in specialist locations. Final species selection will be made during detail design to ensure suitability for varying locations.

In December 2020, Council asked the local community to provide feedback on the Newington Reserve concept plan. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Your feedback will help shape the final design.

  • 78% of participants (68/87) said 'YES!' they support the proposed concept design
  • 12.5% (11/87) provided some level of support.
  • respondents who provided limited to no support for the concept plan, commented on:
    • Car parking provision and layout. Council will seek to install as much on-street car parking as possible. Car parking will be designed to RMS guidelines which will determine parking angle, bay width and orientation. The proposed design also makes allowance for 2 x disabled parking bays. The final car parking proposal will require approval from the Parramatta Traffic Committee.
    • Tree Removal. Requirements for tree removal are detailed in the Frequently Asked Questions.

SUPPORT

If you need assistance providing feedback, or you would like information supplied in another language or format, please contact Council's Community Engagement Team via 1300 617 058 or participate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

If you would like to speak to someone over the phone in another language, call TIS National on 131 450 for a free interpreting service. Let them know you want to speak to City of Parramatta Council and your chosen language and they will connect you.

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