Last year during Stage 2 Have Your Say for Gannan and McCauley Parks, we asked the community to provide feedback on a Draft Masterplan. You told us that you would like to see more landscaping, increased seating, improved paths and improved community sporting and passive recreation facilities. Following this feedback, we have revised the Draft Masterplan design to include new fitness equipment, new cricket nets, additional seating, improved park entrances and signage, improved natural area and additional native trees, grass and groundcover plantings.
Due to the increasing community needs for sportsgrounds across the City of Ryde, the Stage 3 Revised Draft Masterplan for Gannan and McCauley Parks now includes sports field lighting. Recent modelling of supply and demand of sportsgrounds by the City of Ryde and the Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has identified a current and future shortfall of sportsgrounds in the City of Ryde. Council is implementing a range of sportsground strategies to meet the current and future needs of the community. Gannan Park is one of the few areas that can immediately help meet this need.
Council is aware some community members feel strongly about sports field lighting in Gannan Park and it is important to Council that everyone has an opportunity to have their say on the Revised Draft Masterplan. Therefore, Council has now placed the revised plan, including sports field lighting on exhibition for your comment.
View the Revised Masterplan
Frequently Asked Questions
DOES COUNCIL NEED SPORTS FIELD LIGHTING AT GANNAN PARK?
The New South Wales government has forecast the City of Ryde’s population to grow by 43.1% (2016 – 2036). There is an identified shortfall of sportsgrounds across the City of Ryde, especially grounds with sports field lighting for evening use. Council actively manages the use and intensity of use of the parks and sporting facilities to ensure sustainable and ongoing use. Intensive and overuse of our existing sportsgrounds adversely impacts on the standard and usability of these facilities. To address this Council is expanding the number of sports fields with lighting, including Gannan Park.
The masterplan and proposed lighting at Gannan Park is one of a number of projects that Council is investigating to address the last of the supply.
CAN COUNCIL JUST LEAVE THE PARKS AS THEY ARE?
Council can leave the parks as they are, however, without park upgrades and new infrastructure, such as sports field lighting, Council simply cannot meet the sport and recreation needs of the growing community. This would ultimately mean that some residents in local sporting teams may not be able to participate in local sports.
As an outcome of this Have Your Say, Council may decide to leave the park as is for the next few years. Although, as our local community grows and the need for sportsgrounds continues to increase, it is likely the upgrade of Gannan Park with sports field lighting will be an ongoing conversation in the years to come.
ABOUT SPORTS FIELD LIGHTING
The information provided in the Revised Draft Masterplan is only indicative. Should the Draft Masterplan be endorsed by Council a Development Application for sports field lighting will be lodged. The Development Application will include independent reports for lighting, traffic and acoustics. Specific details of the lights such as location, pole heights and hours will be stipulated in the Development Application when lodged. Council anticipates sports field lighting hours of operation in the Development Application will be 4.30pm – 9.30pm Monday – Friday. Surrounding residents will be notified of the details and will have another opportunity to make a submission.
An initial sports field lighting concept has been obtained, which only indicates compliance with relevant Australian Standards (AS2560 and AS4282). A design of the light spill area would be required as part of a Development Application for sports field lights. This design would incorporate the use of modern lighting technology (LED light fittings) that provides more directional light and minimises light spill.
WHAT DOES THE PROCESS INVOLVE?
Past Have Your Say
🔗Click here for more information about Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the community consultation for the Gannan Park and McCauley Park Masterplan.
HAVE YOUR SAY
You can have your say on the Gannan Park and McCauley Park Revised Draft Masterplan in several ways including online or at one of our community events.
Provide Feedback via the Interactive Map
Use the interactive map here to tell us what your favourite features of the Revised Draft Masterplan are, and any changes you would like to see. If you are unable to fill in this map, please contact Council's Customer Service team on 9952 8222 who will assist you over the phone. Submissions will be received up until Wednesday 17 April 2019.
Community Drop-in Sessions
Date Saturday 6 April 2019*
Time Anytime between 10:00am-12noon
Where Gannan Park, near the playground
Date Wednesday 10 April 2019
Time Anytime between 4:00pm-6:00pm
Where Gannan Park, near the playground
*Bring the family to the Saturday session and enjoy free coffee and facepainting