Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Master Plan

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Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Masterplan - Draft Masterplan and stage one City Deal upgrade designs were on public exhibition

The draft Masterplan public exhibition period closed on Sunday 5 July.

Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park is one of four district parks in the Blue Mountains, which means it’s designed for the whole Blue Mountains’ community to use.

The draft Masterplan focuses on how we can enhance the park and improve the experience for everyone who uses the space. It has been developed with community input and takes previous Council resolutions and documents into consideration.


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What’s in the draft Masterplan?

We’ve had great feedback and input from the community over the last year, as we have developed the Masterplan. Council has also sought specialist advice from architects and engineers on best practice, and with due consideration of the Plan of Management.

There are four elements through which the park with be managed – Community, Heritage, Water and English Garden Landscape Style. These are described in detail on page 8 of the draft Masterplan, and referenced throughout the document.

There are also six areas of focus for you to comment on – Rhododendron Lawn, Pools, Community Hub, Swamp Precinct, Menin Gates, Amphitheatre.

A range of future works are identified in the Masterplan, and implementation of those works will depend on funding.

What are the ‘stage one’ designs?

The first stage of works will be funded through the Western Sydney City Deal. These works are valued at over $900 000 and will include a brand new toilet block and a fully accessible pathway, and will make it easier for everyone in the community to access and use the park.

This is one of 10 projects that will be completed across the Blue Mountains over the next three years, providing a welcome boost to community infrastructure and public spaces.

Stage one of this project will be funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.

Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Masterplan - Draft Masterplan and stage one City Deal upgrade designs were on public exhibition

The draft Masterplan public exhibition period closed on Sunday 5 July.

Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park is one of four district parks in the Blue Mountains, which means it’s designed for the whole Blue Mountains’ community to use.

The draft Masterplan focuses on how we can enhance the park and improve the experience for everyone who uses the space. It has been developed with community input and takes previous Council resolutions and documents into consideration.


Stay informed - be the first to find out about the next steps, click ‘Subscribe’ in the Stay informed box.


What’s in the draft Masterplan?

We’ve had great feedback and input from the community over the last year, as we have developed the Masterplan. Council has also sought specialist advice from architects and engineers on best practice, and with due consideration of the Plan of Management.

There are four elements through which the park with be managed – Community, Heritage, Water and English Garden Landscape Style. These are described in detail on page 8 of the draft Masterplan, and referenced throughout the document.

There are also six areas of focus for you to comment on – Rhododendron Lawn, Pools, Community Hub, Swamp Precinct, Menin Gates, Amphitheatre.

A range of future works are identified in the Masterplan, and implementation of those works will depend on funding.

What are the ‘stage one’ designs?

The first stage of works will be funded through the Western Sydney City Deal. These works are valued at over $900 000 and will include a brand new toilet block and a fully accessible pathway, and will make it easier for everyone in the community to access and use the park.

This is one of 10 projects that will be completed across the Blue Mountains over the next three years, providing a welcome boost to community infrastructure and public spaces.

Stage one of this project will be funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.

  • Have I already looked at the Masterplan?

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    about 1 month ago

    With extensive community consultation over the last year, the Masterplan has been available on Have Your Say, in various ‘earlier’ versions for the community to provide feedback on. This has helped to shape the final ‘draft’ Masterplan that went to the April Council meeting this year.

    We understand that it has caused some confusion as to which document to comment on with previous versions still online. There is now only one ‘draft’ Masterplan available to view on Have Your Say and we have extended the exhibition period to Sunday 5 July. You can look at it by clicking here or in the document library.

    If you have looked at ‘earlier’ versions, you might notice some minor changes throughout the document, and in particular, pages 11, 36 and 37 are additional pages that you may not have seen before. However all submissions already received are still important and will be included so there is no need to provide a new submission unless you wish to add extra comments. After your input from this current consultation, the Masterplan will go back to Council to be considered for adoption.

  • Is Council planning to drastically change Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park?

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    3 months ago

    No. The draft Masterplan focuses on how we can enhance the park and improve the experience for everyone who uses the space, There are four elements through which the park with be managed – Community, Heritage, Water and English Garden Landscape Style. These are described in detail on page 8 of the draft Masterplan, and referenced throughout the document.

    There are also six areas of focus for you to comment on – Rhododendron Lawn, Pools, Community Hub, Swamp Precinct, Menin Gates, Amphitheatre.

  • Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park: a district park

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    3 months ago

    Council manages 105 parks and 56 formal playgrounds across the Blue Mountains.

    Not every park and playground is the same. We have different kinds of parks and playgrounds, which people use differently, and need different equipment and management.

    Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park is one of four district parks in the Blue Mountains. District parks are large and high quality parks that cater to the needs of the broader Blue Mountains community. They offer a wider variety of activities and settings and are often the most popular parks and playgrounds.

    In addition to the different types and levels of parks, Council provides a range of different play types across our playgrounds and parks, to ensure there is something to suit children’s diverse needs and ages.

  • Feasibility Report and preview of the preliminary draft Masterplan for Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park

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    8 months ago

    Thankyou for your continued interest in Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Masterplan. Before the Masterplan is presented to Councillors in early 2020, we are seeking input from you on three aspects:

    · The alignment of the accessible paths,

    · The location of new amenities, and

    · Risk mitigation of the timber lined stormwater drain

    Two documents are now available on https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/blackheath-memorial-park for you to review;

    · The Preliminary Draft Masterplan – showing the draft masterplan minus areas where we are seeking further input to preferred approach for the proposed accessible paths, amenities and the timber lined drain,

    · The Path and Amenities Feasibility Report - exploring options for the paths, amenities and the timber lined drain,

    A feedback survey form is available on this page for you to let us know your thoughts on the various options and the Preliminary Draft Masterplan.

    We are seeking further feedback from all those who have a strong interest in planning for Memorial Park. After your input has been received, the preferred options will be incorporated into the draft Masterplan with the aim to present to Councillors in March 2020 to adopt for exhibition. This exhibition period will seek additional community comments and suggestions.

    Please read the documents and provide your feedback by Friday 14th February 2020. We appreciate being able to draw upon your knowledge of Memorial Park and look forward to hearing from you over the coming four weeks.

    For further information please email council@bmcc.nsw.gov.au


  • Additional meeting regarding the Draft Master Plan

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    about 1 year ago

    Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Master Plan – Additional Community Consultation

    Date: Monday 13 May 2019 (6pm – 8pm)

    Confirmed Venue: Blackheath RSL Sub-Branch Hall, 2 Bundarra Street, Blackheath

    This venue is accessible. Some light refreshments and tea and coffee will be available.

    Please RSVP via email ntaylor@bmcc.nsw.gov.auby 9am, Monday 13 May .


  • Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Master Plan - Process Outcomes -Pre-Exhibition Community Workshop - 4 April

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    over 1 year ago

    As part of the master plan process for Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park a workshop was held in Blackheath on 4 April 2019 to share and explore ideas of how the draft master plan can unfold. A preliminary draft master plan was tabled, plus a range of other material to stimulate discussion.

    The workshop was attended by twenty locals, one dog and three Council staff. The range of ideas expressed on a variety of topics is summarised into the tables below. Consensus was not sought so contradictory ideas are recorded.

    See Documents Library for full report.


  • Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Master Plan – Community Consultation Workshop to review Draft Master Plan

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    over 1 year ago

    Confirmed Date; Thursday 4 April 2019 (6pm - 9pm)

    Venue- Small Bates Hall, Blackheath Community Centre

    Cnr Gardiners Crescent and Great Western Highway, Blackheath (entry from Blackheath Gardens side)

    As promised, Council will be holding this additional workshop to work through ideas in the Draft Master Plan before they are presented to the Council ready for exhibition. Analysis drawings will be tabled and some early options for the master plan will presented for discussion. The best points from the options will be combined into one master plan for Councillors to consider for exhibition.

    We will provide a light supper. Please let me know if you have any specific dietary requirements, if you have not done so already.

    If you could please email to confirm your ability to attend this workshop as above, it would be much appreciated. If you have not responded previously, but would still like to attend the workshop on the 4th April, please do not hesitate to let me know. You are also welcome to forward this information to others that you think may also like to participate. RSVP – by Friday 29 March via ntaylor@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or calling me on 4780 5636. We have a limit of 35 attendees due to size of venue.

    Please note that if you are unable to attend, there will be further opportunity to comment via submission during the Public Exhibition phase for the Draft Master Plan.


  • Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park - Water Sensitive Study and Report

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    over 1 year ago

    Blue Mountains City Council engaged consultants Sustainability Workshop to assist Council with its master planning of Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park.

    Council is currently in the early stages of preparing the master plan and to date efforts have mainly focused on community consultation and formulation of broad principles and ideas.

    Sustainability Workshop has undertaken a study to provide background and general advice to Council on planning principles related to the water in the park. The results are based on the author’s ideas and understanding of the hydrological regime in the park together with substantial input from the local community (which includes Council) who participated in a workshop held at the park on the 14th November 2018.

    The study resulted in a report and annotated plans - see PDF downloads in the Document Library.
  • Project Update - Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Master Plan

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    over 1 year ago

    The first stage of community consultation for ideas, comments and suggestions for the Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park Master Plan is now completed.

    Thank you to those that attended a Special Topics workshop on the 6th of December, where we explored some of the issues relating to accessibility, heritage, succession planting, water management and park infrastructure.

    Staff will begin to draft a master plan, utilising many of the ideas, comments and suggestions put forward. Once a draft is close to completion we will hold another consultation/workshop on the draft plan before it is presented to Council.

    The draft master plan will then be completed and presented to Council to go to public exhibition by mid-2019. Another round of community consultation will then take place during the public exhibition period, where there will be further opportunity to make a submission on the draft document. We will notify you when the draft master plan is on public exhibition.


  • What is the masterplanning process?

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    about 1 year ago

    Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park is one of the four district level parks for the City of Blue Mountains. It is one of two district parks servicing the upper mountains, the other being Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve.

    The masterplanning process helps Council to prioritise projects that enhance the function, character and appearance of the park progressively as funding becomes available. In other words, the master plan will act like a 'blueprint' for the park and will help guide Council's design and spending priorities into the future.

    This consultation is the first stage of the master plan process and is to simply gather ideas, opinions and suggestions. Once this stage of community consultation closes, designers will create an initial master plan proposal. There will be further consultation on this initial draft plan. Feedback will inform development of a final draft plan which will then be presented to the Council to be placed on public exhibition. The public exhibition stage allows another round of community engagement with the project, with members of the public able to make submissions. These submissions will then be considered by Council and the necessary amendments made before final adoption.

    Council already has an adopted Plan of Management 2009 for the park, which will continue to guide how the values and permitted uses of the park area are maintained and managed.