This draft Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan (SSAP) provides a detailed roadmap for the provision of the City of Parramatta Council’s (Council) sportsground network to meet existing and future community needs.
The draft SSAP complements and delivers on the strategic directions in Council's Community Infrastructure Strategy (CIS), through provision of detailed recommendations that will be used by Council to increase the number of sporting fields available to the community, and prioritise and guide the equitable resourcing of sportsground upgrades across the City. Taken together, implementing the recommendations in the draft SSAP will support our growing community to live active and healthy lives.
Have your say
Feedback was welcomed on the Draft Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan between Wednesday 1 September and 9am and 5:00pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021. Submissions are now closed.
After reviewing all feedback received during community consultation, Council will will provide a report to Council in early 2022.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
The draft Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan (SSAP) outlines the actions City of Parramatta Council (Council) will take in the planning, provision and long-term management of sportsgrounds.
The draft SSAP focuses on sportsgrounds under the ownership or management of Council, as well as those that Council has chosen to play a role in delivering or seeks to advocate for on behalf of the community.
The draft SSAP will incorporate recommended activities to address priority actions and outline realistic and achievable recommendations over the next 20 years.
The creation of the new City of Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA) in May 2016 also created a new, larger city. This expansion required Council to revisit and realign our strategic approach to community infrastructure in order to respond to emerging trends and identify new opportunities.
The draft SSAP builds upon Council’s Community Infrastructure Strategy (CIS), adopted July 2020, which outlines strategic directions, targets and high-level recommendations for the delivery of community infrastructure to meet the needs of the City’s fast-growing population until 2041.
The draft SSAP complements and delivers on the strategic directions in the CIS, through provision of detailed recommendations that will be used by Council to increase the number of sporting fields available to the community, and prioritise and guide the equitable resourcing of sportsground upgrades across the City. Taken together, implementing the recommendations in the draft SSAP will support our growing community to live active and healthy lives.
While the draft SSAP focuses on Council’s sportsground network specifically those with sporting fields, Council recognises that there are several other sport and recreation facilities which community members also participate in formal, informal sport and recreation including courts (tennis, netball), aquatic facilities (swimming, water polo) indoor recreation facilities (basketball, gymnastics) and play spaces as examples and these facilities will be considered in more detail separately.
Council’s CIS already identifies priorities for a number of sport and recreation asset areas which is already being used to guide decision making about planning, funding, delivering and negotiating for sport and recreation infrastructure.
Preparation of the Community Infrastructure Strategy:
This document, endorsed by Council in July 2020, identifies high level gaps and needs for sportsgrounds through analysing and understanding current assets, current and future estimated population, future high growth areas, rates of provision now and a future ideal based on best-practice benchmarks.
The CIS identifies high level strategic directions to help harness the opportunities of the City’s growth and to be proactive in Council’s advocacy, collaboration and partnerships to realise adequate and quality infrastructure provision for the community into the future.
Sportsground Supply and Demand Analysis:
Detailed analysis and development of a robust model to estimate the gap in sporting field supply, focusing on capacity of current sporting fields, as well as (limited) opportunities for acquisition and dedication of additional land.
This analysis used the professional knowledge and experience of staff and consultants (Smart Connect Consultancy and Xypher Sport + Leisure), and relied on information provided by sports clubs, sports associations, recent facility audit surveys, and other relevant industry research.
Preparation of Draft Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan:
Working across Council teams to understand the implications of sportsground strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges, as well as community needs and preferences. Identifying key focus areas and priority actions to realise quality and adequate sportsground provision for the community, in the context of the high-level strategic directions and recommendations in the CIS.
The recommendations focus on how Council can increase the practical capacity of its sportsground network to provide for future population growth, which isn’t possible at all sportsground sites. For example, some sites can’t increase in field size, already have good surface with drainage and irrigation and floodlights.
This doesn’t mean the sportsground is less important to the sportsground network or that it won’t be upgraded in the future just that Council will refer to its asset management plans for when its infrastructure requires renewal or replacement.
The draft SSAP recommend synthetics fields, aren’t there concerns about their impact on the environment and their temperature?
The draft SSAP recommends that prior to any synthetic sporting field project commencing that a business case is developed which investigates feasibility of a synthetic field at the recommended location including an environmental risk assessment. The business case process will also identify approaches that will be used to inform an environmentally sensitive design.
Each proposed project will still need to go through the required business case process for approval in which community engagement and consultation will form part of.
The draft SSAP will incorporate an action plan to address focus areas which outline short, medium and long term priorities to guide the development of the City’s sportsground network over the next 20-years.
Some projects are small and easy to deliver; others are large and will require the collection of developer contributions and significant planning and consultation before they can commence. The prioritisation and delivery of these activities may also change as new opportunities and constraints arise.
The funding of recommendations in the Draft SSAP will require a variety and combination of funding sources which will include:
- Developer Contributions including Section 7.11 funding and/or Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs)
- Council funding sources from general revenue
- External funding sources for example grant funding or funding partnerships with other organisations like Federal and State Government, Sporting Organisations and/or the Department of Education.
Of the proposed projects the majority are expected to be delivered through Developer Contributions funding supported by Council and grant funding. For projects which provide access to sportsgrounds which are not owned by Council it is recommended that funding partnerships will need to be delivered.
The draft Contributions Plan (outside CBD) is planned to be reported to Council in September 2021 to view the draft plan and receive project updates please click here.
On completion of the exhibition on 13 October at 5pm, the feedback received will be reviewed and is anticipated to be presented to Council in the coming months for endorsement.
The report will outline community feedback, identify any changes that should be made to the draft SSAP as a result of the feedback and seek Council’s endorsement to exhibit the final report.
For more information please refer to the documents in resources section.
Due to current COVID restrictions, hard copy documents are unavailable for viewing by the public due to the shutdown of Council libraries and in-person Customer Contact Centre.
if you need a hard-copy of the draft strategy, please contact the project team.