Batman Reserve Plan of Management

This consultation has concluded.

Batman Reserve Draft Plan of Management

The Second version of the draft Plan of Management was on Public Exhibition until 8 June 2012. The exhibition has concluded and a report on the outcomes of the exibition will be presented to the Council meeting of Tuesday 7th August 2012.

This Council meeting is scheduled to commence at 7:30pm, in the Council Chambers, Civic Place, Katoomba. The meeting is open to the public and you are welcome to attend. If you wish to address the meeting you are requested to be in attendance prior to 7:30pm to register your intention with Council Officers. The business paper for the adoption of the Batman Reserve draft Plan of Management, including the attached version of this plan for adoption, is expected to be available from Thursday 2 August at the Blaxland, Springwood and Katoomba Libraries (between 9:00am and 4:00pm) and Lawson, Wentworth Falls and Blackheath Libraries (between 9:00am and 12:00 noon). The Business Paper is also available on Council’s web site from 12am Wednesday 1 August, at www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcouncil/councilmeetings.

The Batman Reserve draft Plan of Management version for adoption can be viewed in the library section of this web page. It may also be viewed on Council’s website, on the Batman Reserve page, which is found under the Community Land Management web page.

Background

Council has developed a draft Plan of Management for Batman Reserve, Springwood. The need for a Plan of Management was initially prompted by a resolution of the Council, at the meeting of 2 November 2010, to consider fencing a portion of the Reserve for a dog off-leash area. This Plan of Management, however, gives direction to all matters relating to the management of this Reserve.

This draft Plan of Management (dPoM) initially went on public exhibition for comment in February 2012. Based on submissions received, Council resolved to modify the dPoM to remove the dog off-leash area from the Masterplan. As a result, the updated version of draft Plan of Management was placed on public exhibition for further comment until Friday 8 June 2012.

As part of the exhibition process, a Public Hearing was held at the Springwood Sports Club on 31 May 2012. This is done as a requirement under the Local Government Act where land is classified for particular uses, and the meeting was convened by an independant planner. The report on this publc hearing can be viewed from the library at the right hand side of this page, and it will also be included in the business paper for the adoption of the Batman Reserve draft Plan of Management.

During the previous exhibition of this draft Plan of Management, a Public Hearing was held on the 2 February 2012. The report on this public hearing can be viewed from the library at right hand side of this page.

Further background information on this draft Plan of Management, including the values and issues for this reserve can be obtained below.

For further information please contact:

Nathan Summers
Recreation Development Officer
Ph: 4780 5573
Email: nsummers@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

Batman Reserve Draft Plan of Management

The Second version of the draft Plan of Management was on Public Exhibition until 8 June 2012. The exhibition has concluded and a report on the outcomes of the exibition will be presented to the Council meeting of Tuesday 7th August 2012.

This Council meeting is scheduled to commence at 7:30pm, in the Council Chambers, Civic Place, Katoomba. The meeting is open to the public and you are welcome to attend. If you wish to address the meeting you are requested to be in attendance prior to 7:30pm to register your intention with Council Officers. The business paper for the adoption of the Batman Reserve draft Plan of Management, including the attached version of this plan for adoption, is expected to be available from Thursday 2 August at the Blaxland, Springwood and Katoomba Libraries (between 9:00am and 4:00pm) and Lawson, Wentworth Falls and Blackheath Libraries (between 9:00am and 12:00 noon). The Business Paper is also available on Council’s web site from 12am Wednesday 1 August, at www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcouncil/councilmeetings.

The Batman Reserve draft Plan of Management version for adoption can be viewed in the library section of this web page. It may also be viewed on Council’s website, on the Batman Reserve page, which is found under the Community Land Management web page.

Background

Council has developed a draft Plan of Management for Batman Reserve, Springwood. The need for a Plan of Management was initially prompted by a resolution of the Council, at the meeting of 2 November 2010, to consider fencing a portion of the Reserve for a dog off-leash area. This Plan of Management, however, gives direction to all matters relating to the management of this Reserve.

This draft Plan of Management (dPoM) initially went on public exhibition for comment in February 2012. Based on submissions received, Council resolved to modify the dPoM to remove the dog off-leash area from the Masterplan. As a result, the updated version of draft Plan of Management was placed on public exhibition for further comment until Friday 8 June 2012.

As part of the exhibition process, a Public Hearing was held at the Springwood Sports Club on 31 May 2012. This is done as a requirement under the Local Government Act where land is classified for particular uses, and the meeting was convened by an independant planner. The report on this publc hearing can be viewed from the library at the right hand side of this page, and it will also be included in the business paper for the adoption of the Batman Reserve draft Plan of Management.

During the previous exhibition of this draft Plan of Management, a Public Hearing was held on the 2 February 2012. The report on this public hearing can be viewed from the library at right hand side of this page.

Further background information on this draft Plan of Management, including the values and issues for this reserve can be obtained below.

For further information please contact:

Nathan Summers
Recreation Development Officer
Ph: 4780 5573
Email: nsummers@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

This consultation has concluded.
  • Values of Batman Reserve noted so far

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    Recreation and Service Value. Batman Reserve contains the only open grassy space in the area. It is currently valued for its open layout and the play equipment which receives regular usage. It is also valued for the potential recreation opportunities that it offers to the neighbourhood.

    Neighbourhood amenity. Batman Reserve is valued for the amenity it provides to the neighbourhood. In particular it is valued by the immediate neighbours for its quiet nature.

    Emergency Services. Being in close proximity to the Blue Mountains National Park, along with the open layout of the parkland, means that Batman Reserve is also frequently used in emergency operations.

    Bushland. The bushland zone features a walking track linking to Magdala Creek, and provides a healthy natural ecosystem connecting to the greater Blue Mountains National Park.

    Aboriginal history. A high number of Aboriginal occupation sites have been recorded in the bushland surrounding Batman Reserve, including the Magdala Creek tributaries. There is a high likelihood of occupation artefacts being located within the bushland area of this Reserve.

    Non Aboriginal History. Batman Reserve is associated with Alexander Hudson who has a strong place in local oral history, and was a colourful character fondly remembered as "Soapie". He farmed much of the land Farm Road, including Batman Reserve.

    An opportunity is presented for this park to be renamed 'Alexander Hudson Reserve'.

    Recreation and Service Value. Batman Reserve contains the only open grassy space in the area. It is currently valued for its open layout and the play equipment which receives regular usage. It is also valued for the potential recreation opportunities that it offers to the neighbourhood.

    Neighbourhood amenity. Batman Reserve is valued for the amenity it provides to the neighbourhood. In particular it is valued by the immediate neighbours for its quiet nature.

    Emergency Services. Being in close proximity to the Blue Mountains National Park, along with the open layout of the parkland, means that Batman Reserve is also frequently used in emergency operations.

    Bushland. The bushland zone features a walking track linking to Magdala Creek, and provides a healthy natural ecosystem connecting to the greater Blue Mountains National Park.

    Aboriginal history. A high number of Aboriginal occupation sites have been recorded in the bushland surrounding Batman Reserve, including the Magdala Creek tributaries. There is a high likelihood of occupation artefacts being located within the bushland area of this Reserve.

    Non Aboriginal History. Batman Reserve is associated with Alexander Hudson who has a strong place in local oral history, and was a colourful character fondly remembered as "Soapie". He farmed much of the land Farm Road, including Batman Reserve.

    An opportunity is presented for this park to be renamed 'Alexander Hudson Reserve'.

  • Background to this draft PoM

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    The need for a Plan of Management dor Batman Reserve was prompted by a resolution of the Council, at the meeting of 2 November 2010, to consider fencing a portion of the Reserve for a dog off-leash area.

    A Plan of Management, however, can give direction to any matters relating to the management of this Reserve.  A Plan of Management, once adopted by Council, determines what can and cannot happen, or be developed, in the Reserve.

    Some of the key directions provided in this dPoM include,

    • The bushland is categorised to remain as bushland
    • The grassed area is categorised to be used as Parkland
    • The proposal for a fenced dog off-leash area within part of the open space
    • Development of the Recreation amenity and play setting
    • Retention of the Emergency service usage
    • Ongoing provision of Asset Protection Zones (APZ) behind the houses
    • Acknowledgement of Cultural Heritage and History
    • Resolution of some Land classification issues

    The need for a Plan of Management dor Batman Reserve was prompted by a resolution of the Council, at the meeting of 2 November 2010, to consider fencing a portion of the Reserve for a dog off-leash area.

    A Plan of Management, however, can give direction to any matters relating to the management of this Reserve.  A Plan of Management, once adopted by Council, determines what can and cannot happen, or be developed, in the Reserve.

    Some of the key directions provided in this dPoM include,

    • The bushland is categorised to remain as bushland
    • The grassed area is categorised to be used as Parkland
    • The proposal for a fenced dog off-leash area within part of the open space
    • Development of the Recreation amenity and play setting
    • Retention of the Emergency service usage
    • Ongoing provision of Asset Protection Zones (APZ) behind the houses
    • Acknowledgement of Cultural Heritage and History
    • Resolution of some Land classification issues
  • Where is Batman Reserve and how big is it?

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    Batman Reserve is located in a quiet residential area approx 2.5km from the township of Springwood, and integrades into surrounding bushland. Covering an area of 4.23 hectares, it has two distinct parts: a level grassed area of 0.68 hectares developed as a local park and a bushland area of 3.62ha which forms part of the upper catchment of a tributary Magdala Creek.

    Batman Reserve serves as the only local park available to residents who access their homes off Macquarie Road via Burns Road. It borders Blue Mountains National Park along its western boundary as well as residential and rural private properties. It is in close proximity to, and has a synergy with, the track head to Martins Look out.

    Batman Reserve is located in a quiet residential area approx 2.5km from the township of Springwood, and integrades into surrounding bushland. Covering an area of 4.23 hectares, it has two distinct parts: a level grassed area of 0.68 hectares developed as a local park and a bushland area of 3.62ha which forms part of the upper catchment of a tributary Magdala Creek.

    Batman Reserve serves as the only local park available to residents who access their homes off Macquarie Road via Burns Road. It borders Blue Mountains National Park along its western boundary as well as residential and rural private properties. It is in close proximity to, and has a synergy with, the track head to Martins Look out.