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LH Waud Field, Meadowbank Park - Synthetic Turf and Sports Lighting

Consultation closed on 27 February 2022

In November 2019 Council adopted the Meadowbank Park and Memorial Park Masterplan which includes upgrading LH Waud field as a multi-purpose synthetic turf field and sports lighting. The project will be accessible and also feature pathways, seating, fencing and tree planting. 

The project is co-funded by Council and a $1 million grant from the NSW Office of Sport’s Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund.  Construction of the project is expected to commence after the 2022 winter season and be ready for play in the 2023 winter season.

Why are synthetic fields needed in the City of Ryde?

Council is currently working through a range of projects to better accommodate more residents playing sport. The recently adopted Open Space Future Provision Strategy outlines how Council will meet the future demand for sport and recreation in the City. This Strategy includes various projects such as optimising existing park layouts to create new fields such as at Gannan Park, additional sports field lighting at all sports fields, synthetic fields and gaining access to school fields. 

Synthetic sports fields have a range of benefits including greater carrying capacity (i.e. synthetic fields can be used for over 50 hours per week compared to grass which can only be used for a maximum of 30 hours before the surface deteriorates), higher quality and more consistent playing surface (i.e. synthetic pitches are not affected by drought and are useable during and immediately after rain).

Council works closely with all sporting user groups to address their needs. If a sport is unable to use a synthetic sports field, we work with that sport to accommodate their sport.

Does Council have any other synthetic sports fields?

Yes. The City of Ryde has three existing synthetic sports fields in operation including one field at ELS Hall Park and two fields at Christie Park. LH Waud Field would be the fourth synthetic sports field in the local government area.

Do synthetic fields cost more to maintain?

Council’s synthetic sports fields are managed in such a way that they are financially cost neutral following construction. Any additional maintenance costs incurred through synthetic sports fields are offset by a higher ground hire fee.

Are synthetic fields safe to play on?

Yes. The synthetic surface would be required to comply with the appropriate sports standards such as FIFA QUALITY. This standard combines durability, resistance, safety and performance tests.  Further information regarding player safety and environmental impacts can be found at:

How are environmental factors considered?

A Development Application will be submitted for the sports field lighting component of the project. Surrounding residents will be notified when the development application is on public exhibition and will have an opportunity to make a submission. Council will engage independent consultants to undertake the following studies to support the development application;

  • Noise Level Studies: An Acoustic Report which will identify the expected noise levels and the impact on surrounding residents. However it is anticipated that as the usage for the lights will be for training purposes only during the week  (as opposed to competition games) the usage and noise levels will be similar to that of current summer soccer activities.
  • Lighting Design:  The design must comply with Australian Standards (AS2560 & AS4282) lux and spill levels. This design will identify the location of the poles and any light spill on neighbouring properties. A concept lighting design has already been completed which shows that the project can achieve compliance with the relevant Australian Standards.
  • Traffic Report: A Traffic report will consider the availability of car spaces to accommodate the additional use. The report will also consider impacts to the surrounding road network.

All these reports will be available during the public exhibition of the Development Application. 

A Review of Environmental Factors will be prepared to consider the environmental impacts of the proposed synthetic surface.

How does the draft masterplan manage stormwater?

The design of the synthetic field will include a sub-surface drainage system to convey stormwater away from the field.

Who will be able to use the sports field?

The local sporting clubs, schools and the community will be available to use the sports field for their training sessions, sports competitions and school sport. When the field is not booked, all members of the community will be able to use the field.

What are the proposed sports field lighting hours of operation?

  • Proposed until 10.00pm Monday to Saturday and 7.30pm on Sunday all year (subject to Development Application).
  • Lighting operations will be controlled by Council using electronic system which restricts lighting operations to the approved days/time, controls users and sets cut off times.
  • Authorised club contacts will turn lights on/off using mobile phone text message.

Next Steps

After the conclusion of this community consultation, Council will complete a number of steps and processes prior to the implementation of the synthetic turf and sports lighting.

Latest Updates

Have Your Say is now open

Published on 7 February 2022

Have Your Say on the LH Waud Field Synthetic Field and Sports Lighting is open until Sunday 27 February 2022.

Have Your Say

You can Have Your Say on the LH Waud Field Synthetic Turf and Sports Field Lighting in a number of ways including the online interactive map below, written submission or at our community drop-in session.  

Provide Feedback via the Interactive Map

Click the link below for the interactive map to tell us what your favourite features of the draft concept plan 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 Sunday 27 February 2022. 

Click here to complete the interactive map

Drop-in Session

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

Where     LH Waud Field, Meadowbank Park, Meadowbank 2114
When      Saturday 19 February 2022
Time        Any time between 1.00pm - 3.00pm          

Please note: These drop-in sessions will be managed in accordance with COVID-19 requirements.

Written Submissions

Written submissions must be clearly marked as 'LH Waud Field - Synthetic Turf and Sports Lighting'. All submissions must be received by Sunday 27 February 2022.

Post City of Ryde, Locked Bag 2069, North Ryde NSW 1670 

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LH Waud Field, Meadowbank Park - Synthetic Turf and Sports Lighting Drop-in Session 19 February 2022 to 19 February 2022

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Contact Us

If you require more information about the LH Waud Field Synthetic Turf and Sports Lighting please call Customer Service on 9952 8222 or email

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 10 March 2022