Summary of community consultation
The final Concept Plan and an Engagement Evaluation Report which summaries the community feedback can be found in the resources section. A summary of the community engagement activities and participation is provided below.
11 June to 12 July 2019
Stakeholder engagement objective: to inform the development of the North Granville Community Facilities Master Plan.
- 165 online survey responses
- 48 intercept surveys
1 to 26 July 2019
Stakeholder engagement objective: to collect feedback from local school students via a park design competition.
- 64 student entries
14 October to 14 November 2019
Stakeholder engagement objective: public exhibition draft North Granville Community Facilities Masterplan.
- 100 online surveys
- 65 hardcopy surveys
- 19 submissions
- 15 drop in session participants
2 to 26 March 2020
Stakeholder engagement objective: to inform the development of the draft concept design of F.S. Garside Park and assist Council to understand the F.S. Garside Parks recreational requirements.
- 13 online survey responses
- 30 hardcopy daycare
- 60 drop in session participants
5 November to 3 December 2021
Stakeholder engagement objective: public exhibition of the draft F.S. Garside Concept plan, Review of Environment Factors, Proposed changes to F.S. Garside car parking arrangements.
- 7 online survey responses
- 5 email submissions
- 23 drop in session participants
- 2 stakeholder workshops
City of Parramatta Council has completed a Review of Environmental Factors (REF), a requirement under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).
The REF was publicly exhibited from 5 November to 3 December 2021. The REF examines the significance of potential environmental impacts resulting from the proposed park construction and identifies a suite of environmental protection measures to protect public health, preserve water quality, ensure flood resilience, maintain local habitat, and respond to other potential environmental risks.
The close proximity of F.S. Garside Park to Duck Creek and A’Becketts Creek, means that it experiences significant flooding events. Flood models and site photos indicate that the sports field acts as a detention basin, protecting surrounding properties from the impact of flooding. Historical records also indicate that the park previously existed as a landfill site in the 1930’s. Flooding and soil contamination are the principal environmental concerns that Council must mitigate as part of the park upgrade.
To enhance public safety and better ensure that the surrounding properties are not impacted by flooding following upgrades to F.S. Garside Park, the existing site levels must be retained or reduced.
For many areas of F.S. Garside Park, particularly the areas near Duck Creek and A’Becketts Creek, Council must remove (i.e. ‘dig up’) the contaminated material, replace the contaminated soil with clean fill at a slightly lower level where possible, and then install a marker layer and a capping layer.
To understand the remediation impact to the existing trees at F.S. Garside Park, Council engaged an independent arborist to assess the health and long-term impacts following construction completion. The decision to remove 249 mature trees was not taken lightly. Each tree was assessed for its health, historical or native significance, and ability to withstand the remediation activities.
The excavation of contaminated soil at the base of these trees will affect the root structure and health of the tree (see p.137 of the REF). Damage to the tree roots often causes a tree to slowly die over a period of time, which in turn creates a safety hazard for visitors to the park.
The City of Parramatta reviewed feedback following community consultation and made minor refinements, including, assessing the health of each tree impacted by the proposed remediation activities, as well as improvements to sports field lighting LUX levels and operating hours.
The revised REF is located in the resources section and provides further information about detailed site investigations and documents that informed the final report.
Council greatly values community input to ensure that identified park improvements meet local requirements. In March 2020, we invited feedback from the local Rosehill, Harris Park and North Granville community to inform the design of the F.S. Garside playground, picnic facilities, dog park and new youth recreation area. These areas were identified for improvement as part of the implementation of the Stage One North Granville Community Facilities Master Plan.
Council invited participation through flyer distribution to local households, an email to previous respondents and stakeholders, as well as drop-in session attendance, social media and online participation. The community consultation campaign reached over 11,000 people.
To collect feedback, a dot democracy (dot voting) activity was used at drop-in sessions and online to collect preferences from the community to describe park features that they preferred. Participants placed dots/stickers (or voted online) next to their 5 preferred options relating to activities, play equipment and amenities.
The top five highest votes collected were for spaces and amenities, and included:
Other great suggestions were:
- “We need to ensure that the space is activated, by allowing pedestrian paths to go through (not just around) areas. This creates a sense of connection to the community.”
- “Large dog play section with smaller fenced area for anti-social dogs.”
- “Separate spaces for older and younger children, but with a transition area between (such as swings or a nature area) would be good. Older kids often scare younger kids away.”
- “Plant more trees to mitigate Granville’s severe urban heat problem”.
Throughout late 2019, Council invited further feedback from the community on the Draft North Granville Community Facilities Master Plan in order to build on the understandings gathered earlier in the year during the first phase of engagement. An online survey and a series of drop-in sessions were used to engage with a broad cross-section of the community, including local residents and sporting groups.
Who did we engage with?
- 100 respondents completed the online survey
- 62 people completed a paper-based survey
- 15 residents attended an additional drop-in session
- 19 open submissions were received
During this second phase of engagement, a majority of the community expressed support for the Masterplan which identifies upgrades to community and recreational facilities at F.S. Garside Park and the adjoining reserve at Duck Creek. The plan provides a long term vision to guide planning for social infrastructure, population growth and active transportation.
Submissions on the Draft Alfred Street Cycleway Concept Plans closed at 5pm on Monday 20 July 2020.
To view the draft concept plans, click on the documents below.
- Alfred St Cycleway Stage 1 - Draft Concept Plan
- Alfred St Cycleway Stage 1 - Draft Technical Documentation: Signage & Linemarking
- Alfred St Cycleway Stage 1 - Draft Technical Documentation: Vehicle Turning Paths and Movement Plans
Following community consultation, the plans for Alfred Street Cycleway were put forward to the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on Thursday 13 August 2020, and subsequently endorsed by Council at it's meeting held on Monday 14 September 2020.