Main Content Anchor

Field of Mars Reserve Draft Masterplan & Plan of Management

Consultation closed on 09 May 2021

For the latest project update please see Latest Updates below. 

Last year the City of Ryde asked for your input, views and thoughts on how Field of Mars Reserve can be managed, protected and improved now and into the future.

Based on your feedback we have created a draft Masterplan for the Field of Mars Reserve. We are also developing a draft Plan of Management.

The draft Masterplan includes improvements to the walking track network, signage, accessible picnic area and a range of measures to protect and enhance the natural area (bushland).

The draft Action Lists, a part of the Plan of Management, have also been created. This document outlines a variety of management actions that will guide the effective and efficient management the Field of Mars Reserve over a ten-year period. 

We would like to hear your feedback on the draft Masterplan and draft Plan of Management - Action Lists for Field of Mars Reserve.

WHAT IS THE FIELD OF MARS RESERVE?

Located in East Ryde, the Field of Mars Reserve is the largest remnant bushland reserve under the care, control and management of the City of Ryde covering approximately 50 hectares. This protected Wildlife Refuge includes natural area (bushland), sections of Buffalo and Strangers Creeks, walking tracks, Visitors Centre/amenities building, Environmental Education Centre, picnic area and car park. The Reserve contains several endangered ecological communities and threatened species and provides significant habitat for native birds and animals.

WHY IS A MASTERPLAN NEEDED?

The Masterplan for Field of Mars Reserve will identify how the Reserve can be protected, upgraded and improved over the next 20 years.

WHY IS A PLAN OF MANAGEMENT NEEDED?

The Plan of Management for Field of Mars Reserve will identify objectives and targets and propose strategies to protect and guide the future maintenance and management of this Reserve, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993Crown Land Management Act 2016 and National Parks & Wildlife Act 1974.

The full draft Plan of Management will go on public exhibition later this year, pending the necessary Council and Minister approvals.

Latest Updates

Works & Community Committee Resolution - Tuesday 10 August 2021

Published on 19 August 2021

At the Works & Community Committee meeting held on Tuesday 10 August 2021, Council resolved the following: 

(a) That Council adopts Field of Mars Reserve Masterplan Report, as prepared by City of Ryde and Gondwana Consulting dated July 2021.

(b) That Council refer the draft Field of Mars Reserve Plan of Management, dated July 2021 to the Minister for Lands and Forestry for approval to place on public exhibition as per the requirements of the Crown Lands Management Act 2016.

(c) That once approval is obtained from the Minister, the document be placed on exhibition and a public hearing be undertaken for the proposed land recategorisations, with submissions received for a period of 42 days and a report be brought back to Council following this process.

(d) That Council approves the closure of the Wellington Rd road reserve, as detailed in the Field of Mars Master Plan, and that all associated administrative processes be undertaken with delegating authority given to the General Manager to undertake all tasks necessary to affect this closure and executing all the required documentation.

(e) The Council continues to advocate for the continued care, control and management of Lot 7011 DP 1069836, for the use of environmental conservation purposes as per its current E2 zoning.

(f) That Council write to thank the residents that participated in the development of the Masterplan and Plan of Management and inform them of this resolution.

Please note: This is now a resolution of Council in accordance with the Committee's delegated powers.

  • Click here to view the Minutes from Works and Community Committee Meeting. 
  • Click here to view the Masterplan Report.

Works & Community Committee Meeting - Tuesday 10 August 2021

Published on 2 August 2021

Submissions and feedback from Stage 1 and 2 community consultations have been considered in the preparation of the Field of Mars Reserve Masterplan and draft Plan of Management. This Masterplan will be considered for adoption at the Works and Community Meeting on Tuesday 10 August 2021. Additionally, the report to the Committee will seek endorsement to refer the draft Plan of Management to the Minister for Lands and Forestry for approval to place on public exhibition.

Click here to view the agenda for the meeting (excerpt of agenda)

Click here to view the agenda for the meeting (full agenda)

Have Your Say has now closed

Published on 10 May 2021

Have Your Say on the Field of Mars draft Masterplan and Plan of Management has now closed.

Have Your Say is now open

Published on 26 April 2021

Have Your Say on the Field of Mars Reserve Draft Masterplan and Plan of Management - Action Lists is now open until Sunday 9 May 2021.

Have Your Say

You can Have Your Say on the Field of Mars Reserve draft Masterplan and Plan of Management - Action Lists in a number of ways including online survey, at our community drop-in session or by written submission.

Complete the Online Survey

Complete the online survey to provide your feedback on the draft Masterplan and Plan of Management - Action Lists. Submissions will be received up until Sunday 9 May 2021. 

Click here to complete the Online Survey

Drop-in Session

You’re invited to come and meet Council’s Project Team, ask any question you may have and provide your feedback.

When     Saturday 1 May 2021
Time       Anytime between 10.00am and 12noon
Where    Field of Mars Reserve (near the Visitors Centre)

Please note: This drop-in session will be managed in accordance with COVID-19 requirements, including QR code sign in. 

Written Submissions

Written submissions must be clearly marked as 'Field of Mars Reserve draft Masterplan and Plan of Management'. All submissions must be received by Sunday 9 May 2021.

Email     cityofryde@ryde.nsw.gov.au
Post       General Manager, City of Ryde, Locked Bag 2069, North Ryde NSW 1670 

 Privacy Statement
Personal information collected from you (including responses to forms and surveys) is held and used by Council under the provisions of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The supply of information is voluntary, however if you cannot provide, or do not wish to provide the information sought, Council may be unable to process your application or request, or consider your submission. Please note that the exchange of information between the public and Council, may be accessed by others and could be made publicly available under the Government Information Public Access Act 2009 (GIPA Act). If you require further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222.

View the Draft Plans

Complete the Online Survey

Contact Us

If you require more information about the Field of Mars Reserve draft Masterplan and Plan of Management please call Customer Service on 9952 8222 or email cityofryde@ryde.nsw.gov.au.

If you require translating assistance, you may call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter to contact Council for you.

Last updated on 6 August 2021