City of Parramatta Council is upgrading Newington Reserve on the corner of Slough Avenue and Holker Street in Silverwater! The project will deliver a new recreational facility and much more, including:

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

The upgrade will help to offset the loss of a publicly accessible sports fields at Wilson Park (property of Sydney Olympic Park Authority) which will be home to the new Cricket NSW Centre of Excellence.

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

See the design below and hover over the blinking dots to learn more about that proposed upgrade.

Project update

Further investigations into the site conditions, including contaminated soils, have been required at Newington Reserve. As a result, the project timeline has been impacted with some delays expected. Council is currently undertaking a detailed design review and cost analysis to determine the full construction costs and ensure the project is in-line with current market rates. The community will be provided further updates in March-April 2022.

What did we hear?

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, with a further 12.5% (11/87) providing some level of support.

Of the respondents who provided limited to no support for the concept plan, the primary reasons were:

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, orientation etc.

The proposed design also makes allowance for 2 x disabled parking bays.

The final car parking proposal will require approval form the Parramatta Traffic Committee.

Tree removal

Requirements for tree removal are detailed in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Next steps

Feedback will be used to refine the concept plan. It is anticipated a final concept plan will be presented to the community in April 2022.

It is anticipated construction will commence in August 2022, with the sports field completed and open for use by March 2023, and remaining park works completed by May 2023.

Proposed concept

Stay tuned for final designs informed by the December 2020 consultation.

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:

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.

Council will be undertaking detailed consultation with relevant stakeholders regarding the detailed design of the building.

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, an electric BBQ and outdoor fitness equipment.

To accommodate increased use of the reserve, the draft Concept Plan proposes the construction of on-street angled car parking on Slough Avenue. Further investigations and detailed studies will need to be undertaken to confirm that the proposal is suitable. The proposal will also require approval from the Parramatta Traffic Committee which includes representatives from City of Parramatta Council, the Police, Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) and the office of the Local State Member of Parliament.

As part of car parking upgrade works, Council will also review the requirement for time-limited parking during certain periods of the day. This will ensure that sufficient on-street car parking is available during peak usage periods such as evening training and weekends.

Council is not proposing to implement paid parking requirements, and car parking will remain free.

These works will be funded by a 7.11 Contributions Plan. These plans collect funding from Development to develop new community infrastructure that meet the needs of the growing population.

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.