Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Plan

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* COMMUNITY CONSULTATION ON THE CONCEPT DESIGNS FOR THE
PRECINCT HAS NOW CLOSED *

THANK YOU for taking the time and effort to make a submission and share your thoughts. The project team will consider all community and stakeholder feedback to inform the development of the Precinct Plan. The draft Precinct Plan will be put to the elected Council for endorsement, most likely in late February 2023. Keep an eye on this page for updates.



Blue Mountains City Council is progressing the planning for the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct after hearing from community and stakeholders in August (Preliminary Design phase) and December / January (Concept Design phase).



Background:

The precinct is a popular place for residents of Leura and surrounding villages. It also has the potential to have a key role in the visitor experience of the Blue Mountains.

There is a need to upgrade the precinct to protect the environmental and cultural values of the site, meet current and future demand, improve the experience of both residents and visitors, meet current safety standards, improve residential amenity, support local economic development, and provide universal access to allow those of all abilities to enjoy the spectacular views from neighbouring lookouts.

The precinct plan will guide future upgrades of the Gordon Falls Reserve, and Elysian and Olympian Rock lookouts.

To find out more about this project, you are encouraged to read the information provided below, and in the Document Library and FAQs to the right.

It is important to note that Council is not looking to change the role of the Reserve as a public park and access point to walking tracks. The purpose of the proposed upgrade is outlined below.


Gordon Falls Reserve is located within the Country of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples. We recognise that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country and this is of great significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region.


Context:

Council is preparing a Southern Escarpment Master Plan which aims to provide an integrated, co-ordinated and strategic framework to the planning of natural area visitor facilities from Katoomba to Wentworth Falls. As part of that process Council is undertaking precinct plans of the higher priority visitor precincts. Gordon Falls is one such precinct. Gordon Falls is an important visitor node within the Southern Escarpment and is identified as the mid-point of the two-day Grand Cliff Top Walk.

Find out more about the Southern Escarpment Masterplan here.


The focus of the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan is to:

Council is working with experienced consultants on this precinct plan, specifically to:

  • Renew / upgrade the existing amenities building
  • Review existing park infrastructure including seating, tables, and the children’s playground
  • Review existing carparking in the reserve and surrounding streets to determine capacity and suggest improvements
  • Upgrades to the walking track and Elysian and Olympian Rock Lookouts
  • Investigate the feasibility of an accessible walking track to a lookout within the Reserve

Community Engagement

Community engagement on the development of the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Plan has five phases.

Phase 1 - Preliminary Design (scoping): community and stakeholder consultation to identify insights, issues, and ideas to inform the development of draft concept designs.

Phase 2 – Draft Concept Design: community and stakeholder consultation to see if we got the balance right after considering community and stakeholder feedback as well as other influencing factors including, policy, planning, legal, technical, compliance requirements.

Phase 3 – Final Concept Design: presented to the elected Council for endorsement to place on public exhibition. The report will include a summary of the consultation and submissions and indicate how community and stakeholder feedback was considered and / or incorporated.

Phase 4 – Draft Precinct Plan: with the Final Concept Designs is presented to the elected Council for adoption as the final Precinct Plan. Members of the public can address the Council Meeting. Community and stakeholders notified of the decision of the elected Council.

Phase 5 - Community and stakeholders notified of the completion of the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment Masterplan – the ‘parent’ plan incorporating all precinct and locality plans.



This webpage will be progressively updated throughout the life of the project. Please subscribe to receive regular project updates directly to your inbox.

* COMMUNITY CONSULTATION ON THE CONCEPT DESIGNS FOR THE
PRECINCT HAS NOW CLOSED *

THANK YOU for taking the time and effort to make a submission and share your thoughts. The project team will consider all community and stakeholder feedback to inform the development of the Precinct Plan. The draft Precinct Plan will be put to the elected Council for endorsement, most likely in late February 2023. Keep an eye on this page for updates.



Blue Mountains City Council is progressing the planning for the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct after hearing from community and stakeholders in August (Preliminary Design phase) and December / January (Concept Design phase).



Background:

The precinct is a popular place for residents of Leura and surrounding villages. It also has the potential to have a key role in the visitor experience of the Blue Mountains.

There is a need to upgrade the precinct to protect the environmental and cultural values of the site, meet current and future demand, improve the experience of both residents and visitors, meet current safety standards, improve residential amenity, support local economic development, and provide universal access to allow those of all abilities to enjoy the spectacular views from neighbouring lookouts.

The precinct plan will guide future upgrades of the Gordon Falls Reserve, and Elysian and Olympian Rock lookouts.

To find out more about this project, you are encouraged to read the information provided below, and in the Document Library and FAQs to the right.

It is important to note that Council is not looking to change the role of the Reserve as a public park and access point to walking tracks. The purpose of the proposed upgrade is outlined below.


Gordon Falls Reserve is located within the Country of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples. We recognise that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country and this is of great significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region.


Context:

Council is preparing a Southern Escarpment Master Plan which aims to provide an integrated, co-ordinated and strategic framework to the planning of natural area visitor facilities from Katoomba to Wentworth Falls. As part of that process Council is undertaking precinct plans of the higher priority visitor precincts. Gordon Falls is one such precinct. Gordon Falls is an important visitor node within the Southern Escarpment and is identified as the mid-point of the two-day Grand Cliff Top Walk.

Find out more about the Southern Escarpment Masterplan here.


The focus of the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Masterplan is to:

Council is working with experienced consultants on this precinct plan, specifically to:

  • Renew / upgrade the existing amenities building
  • Review existing park infrastructure including seating, tables, and the children’s playground
  • Review existing carparking in the reserve and surrounding streets to determine capacity and suggest improvements
  • Upgrades to the walking track and Elysian and Olympian Rock Lookouts
  • Investigate the feasibility of an accessible walking track to a lookout within the Reserve

Community Engagement

Community engagement on the development of the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Plan has five phases.

Phase 1 - Preliminary Design (scoping): community and stakeholder consultation to identify insights, issues, and ideas to inform the development of draft concept designs.

Phase 2 – Draft Concept Design: community and stakeholder consultation to see if we got the balance right after considering community and stakeholder feedback as well as other influencing factors including, policy, planning, legal, technical, compliance requirements.

Phase 3 – Final Concept Design: presented to the elected Council for endorsement to place on public exhibition. The report will include a summary of the consultation and submissions and indicate how community and stakeholder feedback was considered and / or incorporated.

Phase 4 – Draft Precinct Plan: with the Final Concept Designs is presented to the elected Council for adoption as the final Precinct Plan. Members of the public can address the Council Meeting. Community and stakeholders notified of the decision of the elected Council.

Phase 5 - Community and stakeholders notified of the completion of the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment Masterplan – the ‘parent’ plan incorporating all precinct and locality plans.



This webpage will be progressively updated throughout the life of the project. Please subscribe to receive regular project updates directly to your inbox.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded. THANK YOU for taking the time and effort to make a submission and share your thoughts on the Concept Designs for the Gordon Falls Reserve Precinct Plan. The project team will consider all community and stakeholder feedback to inform the development of the Precinct Plan. The draft Precinct Plan will be put to the elected Council for endorsement, most likely in late February 2023. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

    Council has progressed the planning for the Gordon Falls Reserve precinct to guide future upgrades that are needed at this popular location to improve safety, access, and the visitor experience, for everyone – residents and tourists alike. 

    We invite you to help shape the future of this precinct.

    You are encouraged to read the information provided on this web page when considering your response, including the Document Library and FAQs to the right.

    Your feedback is welcome until Sunday 15 January 2023.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this important project.

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