North Sydney Council recently prepared the revised North Sydney Community Strategic Plan on behalf of the community, setting new priorities and aspirations for the local area. Among them are plans for playground upgrades a new Sustainability Festival, and reviews on Heritage and Homeless Strategy.

Community feedback is now being sought on the important documents that outline how North Sydney Council will meet the long-term vision and desired outcomes of the Community Strategic Plan. Individuals, community groups, businesses and other agencies can have their say on the key documents. 

North Sydney Mayor Zoe Baker said the priorities identified by the new Council include protecting and increasing open space, and greater transparency and community participation in decision making.

“During this term of Council, I want us to deliver more green spaces, and to ensure that we engage with the community on all matters every step of the way. Projects including the Hume St open space expansion, Quarantine Depot, landscape works  at St Leonards Park and playground upgrades are good indicators that we’re on the right track. If you’re a community member or business owner, let us know what you think of the plans.” 

 

An online information session on the Draft Delivery Program/Operational Plan will be held  on Thursday 16 June, 6pm to 7pm. Register at https://northsydney-nsw-gov au.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vf-ivqD0jGNB1JAA2tJIdIaVWqXwpxPyx 

Pop by one of the information stalls: 

  • Saturday 28 May – 9am to 2pm at the Kirribilli Markets, Alfred Street,  Milsons Point  
  • Sunday 5 June – 10am to 4pm at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability,  Waverton (Artisan Markets)
  • Saturday 18 June – 8am to 12 Noon at the Northside Produce Markets, Civic  Park, North Sydney

All information, documents, and ways for the community to have their say are available  online at yoursay.northsydney.nsw.gov.au. Submissions will be received up until 21 June  2022. 

Operational Plan & Budget 2022/23 highlights for the next financial year include:

Key capital works projects: 

  • completion of the North Sydney pool complex redevelopment – $6,278,000
  • improved access to the Quarantine Boat Depot site for public use – $1,000,000
  • conversion of 1 Henry Lawson Avenue, McMahons Point to parkland – $1,400,000
  • playground upgrades at St Leonards Park and Prior Avenue, Cremorne Point – $778,000 
  • reintegration of the former Waverton Bowling Club site into Waverton Park (subject  to land claim outcome) – $320,000
  • pedestrian/cycleway upgrades along Route 2 and 3 of the Integrated Cycling  Strategy – $300,000 
  • outdoor fitness equipment in Brennan Park – $30,000 
  • kayak storage facilities at Milson Park – $25,000 
  • upgrade of the Mollie Dive Function Centre and media equipment to support  conferences and events – $25,000 

Other highlights

  • new Sustainability Festival will be hosted at the Coal Loader 
  • preparation of a Masterplan for Cammeray Park 
  • upgrade of Council website  
  • review of the External Communications and Events Strategies  
  • finalisation of the revised Disability and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)
  • preparation of the Public Arts Masterplan – to support the development of public art in North Sydney 
  • review of the Homeless Strategy and the Affordable Housing Strategy 
  • commencement of a new planning framework for the Military Road Corridor 
  • technology upgrades to improve internal efficiencies and customer experience  when interacting with Council 
  • upgrade of the Council Chambers audio visual equipment  
kid-friendly cafes
Image: Coal Loader Cafe

Delivery Program highlights for Years 2 to 4 (2023/24 to 2025/26) 

Year 2 (2023/24) 

  • commencement of a comprehensive heritage review  
  • implementation of the Visitor Economy Strategy 
  • implementation of the Ward Street Masterplan  
  • drainage upgrades at Bon Andrews Oval – $100,000 
  • senior’s playground upgrade in Green Park – $170,000 
  • playground upgrade at Lodge Road, Cremorne – $170,000 
  • kayak storage facilities and access at John St, Tunk’s Park, and Anderson Park – $360,000 
  • continued works on the Hume Street Park expansion – $990,000
  • continued implementation of the St Leonards Park Masterplan – $1,200,000
  • reconfiguration and additional of a full-size playing field, drainage improvements  and an additional dual cricket net at Primrose Park – $1,470,000 

Year 3 (2024/25) 

  • fitness equipment at Bradfield Park – $30,000
  • playground upgrade at Grasmere Reserve – $170,000 
  • landscaping and restoration of Lady Gowrie Lookout – $200,000 access improvements at Dowling Street Reserve – $300,000 
  • upgrade of the Waverton Park amenities block – $600,000 
  • additional public toilets at the Coal Loader, Waverton – $900,000
  • seat replacement and toilets refreshment at North Sydney Oval – $1,830,000 

Year 4 (2025/26) 

continued public domain upgrades in the North Sydney CBD – $500,000
continued streetlighting upgrades in the village centres – $769,000
upgrade of Bradfield Park foreshore – $2,500,000

The key documents currently up for review are: 

  • Draft Resourcing Strategy 2022-2032, which includes long-term financial modelling  and allows for the option of a special rate variation 
  • Draft Delivery Program 2022-2026 which details the projects and services that  Council will undertake in the next four years, including the draft Capital Works  Program  
  • Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2022/23 incorporating the annual Revenue  Policy 2022/23,  
  • Draft Fees & Charges Schedule 2022/23 which sets the fees for Council services Draft Community Grants and Subsidies 2022/23 which outlines Council support for  other organisations by detailing the proposed recipients 

The Draft Operating Plan & Budget 2022/23 forecasts a surplus of $296,032 before capital grants and contributions. It has allocated $33.8 million to fund the projects and  infrastructure renewal programs included in the Capital Works Program. 

The budget for next financial year is based on the preferred scenario within the Resourcing  Strategy and includes a one-off additional special rate variation in 2022/23, subject to IPART  approval.  

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