Council is committed to ensuring the City of Canada Bay is an engaged City with an effective two-way flow of information between Council and the community and that local decision making is transparent and works in the interest of the community. With this in mind, we regularly consult with local residents to understand their thoughts and views on a range of issues. View our current Have Your Say consultations below.
Help us shape the character of our area.
Last year, in the largest community engagement project council has ever seen, you told us your priorities for the future.
Building on this, 2019 will see us capture your vision for the future land use and character of our area through a new Local Strategic Planning Statement, also known as a local planning statement.
This statement will guide the character of our centres and neighbourhoods into the future. Local residents, businesses and community groups have a central role in shaping that future.
The statement will describe the future we face and what we should do to preserve and enhance our lifestyle in a changing world. It will map out what we are likely to be doing, what new homes we will need, what activity centres and parks we will want, and where these should be located.
It will also map important transport connections and infrastructure we will need to easily get around. It will show how we can enhance our precious natural environment, beautiful waterfront, heritage and village character.
The local planning statement will guide future town planning, including the 2020 Local Environment Plan, which will control how land is zoned, the height of buildings, protection of trees and more.
Residents are invited to have their say in a survey available online until 22 March 2019.
Take the survey: bit.ly/CCBplanningsurvey
Come along to any of the Pop-ups to get more information about this significant project for shaping our neighbourhoods:
When: 4–6pm Friday, 22 February
Where: Union Square, Rider Blvd, Rhodes
When: 9.30–11.30am Saturday, 23 February
Where: Fred Kelly Place, Great North Road, Five Dock
When: 10am–4pm Sunday, 17 March
Where: Concord Carnival, Greenlees Park, Greenlees Ave, Concord
Tell us how you want to play in the City of Canada Bay!
Help shape the City of Canada Bay's Let’s All Play Strategy. Our new plan will focus on inclusive well-designed, diverse and high value outdoor play spaces to attract and capture people of all ages and abilities. We want to hear from community members about your experiences of play, the kind of outdoor spaces you play in now and the places where you want to play in the future.
The City of Canada Bay continues to attract new residents, with population expected to grow by 29 per cent to 113,560 residents in 2031. The largest growth will be in the over 65 year old age group (54 per cent growth representing 18 per cent of the community) and children aged 5-14 years (37 per cent growth representing 11 per cent of the community).
The Let’s All Play Strategy will broaden outdoor play space planning to accommodate people of all ages and abilities, responding to changing demographics and increases in population density.
To ensure a robust strategy, the City of Canada Bay is encouraging all residents to contribute their ideas and aspirations for inclusive and innovative outdoor play spaces.
You are invited to contribute your ideas on our City’s outdoor play spaces from 1 to 28 February 2019.
Online 24/7 at letsallplay.com.au
You can download the relevant documents, complete a survey and post ideas on the ideas wall at your convenience and on any device. There are also opportunities for primary and secondary school children to participate in our youth engagement program through an online competition and workshops.
Drop-in session at the Bay Run, Rodd Park
Sunday, 3 February 2:30pm - 4pm
While enjoying the Bay Run you can drop in, share your ideas and receive a complimentary lip balm
5 Senses Garden grand opening, Rhodes Park
Friday, 15 February 4-6pm
Come along, explore the garden and join us for some music and light refreshments.
Let’s All Play Community Day at St Luke’s Oval North
Sunday, 17 February 9:30am-12:30pm
Join Mayor Angelo Tsirekas for a morning of fun activities, discussions on play spaces and a complimentary bacon and egg roll and beverage for the first 150 visitors.
Concord Carnival at Greenlees Park
Sunday, 17 March 10am – 4pm
This annual family day features spectacular performances from local entertainers, over 80 stalls and outdoor entertainment for the whole family.
Pre-schoolers exploratory workshops
These workshops are designed to collaborate with young children, gathering their ideas and aspirations for park play.
Please RSVP via email to email@example.com.
Youth Competition – Win one of 20 $50 Gift Cards
We invite everyone aged 8 to 18 years to share with us what outdoor experiences and facilities you want to see in our parks! Simply visit letsallplay.com.au and upload a video, drawing or comment. Ask your family and friends to vote on your idea. The most popular 20 ideas will be rewarded with a $50 Gift Card!
Stakeholder focus groups
Bespoke stakeholder focus groups are planned for youth, seniors and inclusive play.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend or for further information on this project.
From 24 October to 20 November 2018, we trialled a new off-leash dog area on the south-eastern section of Timbrell Park. Community consultation was undertaken as part of the trial.
The consultation attracted 152 submissions, of which 92 per cent were dog owners.
Results of the consultation indicated:
86 per cent support a permanent off-leash dog area
12 per cent do not support a permanent off-leash dog area
2 per cent did not state their position.
Objections to the trial were received from three of the sporting bodies who hire the southern section of Timbrell Park, including a petition signed by 130 people.
A report detailing the outcomes of the community consultation was presented at the Council meeting held on 4 December 2018. Following consideration of the different views expressed by the community, Council resolved to extend the trial to enable staff to explore the issues raised and identify potential solutions that are agreeable to all interested stakeholders.
The new trial on the south-eastern section of Timbrell Park will be undertaken from 18 December 2018 to 17 April 2019.
We encourage all community members to provide their feedback.
Share your opinions on the suitability of the south-eastern section of Timbrell Park as an off-leash dog area from Tuesday, 18 December 2018 to Wednesday, 17 April 2019, via:
Please click on the hyperlinks below for additional information
Click here to read the agenda and minutes from the Council Meeting held on 4 December 2018.
Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn, relax and make new friends. They provide access to fresh, nutritious food and offer the community opportunities to learn new skills. Community gardens are a place to connect with neighbours, are run by community members and run through a membership model for participation.
The current Rhodes Community garden site was developed through consultation with residents as part of a pilot project which has seen an increase over time in membership.
Hoskins Reserve and the community garden within it are now scheduled for upgrade works. This includes developing the site into a more permanent local facility, accessible to the community.
The intent of the garden and its design is to provide a space:
The Public Exhibition period will commence online from Friday, 21 December to Wednesday, 6 February through ‘Have your say.’ Throughout this period you are invited to provide feedback and comments on the plan through our survey or visit us for the digital and face-to-face consultation.
Provide your feedback and comments on the plan via our online survey.
Digital and face-to-face consultation
Digital and face-to-face consultation will run at The Connection, Rhodes on Wednesday 6 February, 4.30pm - 6.30pm.
For any enquiries, please contact Council’s Sustainability Coordinator via:
Telephone: 9911 6555
The City of Canada Bay is currently taking the project plan for the Redevelopment of Concord Oval (ROCO) to the community.
Funded by $30 million from the NSW Government through the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program, with further funding for the City of Canada Bay and Wests Tigers, the Redevelopment of Concord Oval will tackle increased population forecasts for the Burwood-Concord and Kings Bay precincts. The new facility will deliver a range of community services including a new indoor recreation centre, open spaces for passive recreation, rooms for community use, new match day facilities for local sporting clubs and a new High Performance Centre for the Wests Tigers.
Concord Oval was last redeveloped in 1985 as a match venue for the 1987 Rugby World Cup. While the playing surface is still well utilised by local sporting clubs, the spectator and associated facilities have been underused since the construction of larger game venues such as Stadium Australia in Homebush, Sydney Football Stadium in Moore Park and Parramatta Stadium. In addition to being the home ground for West Harbour Rugby Club and the Inter Lions Soccer Club, Concord Oval currently serves as the training ground and administration centre for the Wests Tigers.
Have your say:
To be part of Concord Oval’s future, we encourage you to share your ideas and aspirations from 15 October to 4 November.
Online 24/7: concordoval.com.au
Email: email@example.comIn person:
Listening posts at Five Dock Leisure Centre:
Mortlake is located on the foreshore of Majors Bay and the Parramatta River. It enjoys a beautiful foreshore environment complimented by a colourful shopping village and vibrant community.
The recent development of redundant light industrial sites and aging residential infrastructure has resulted in a significant change to the physical environment in the area and a new demographic mix has created a culturally diverse community in a medium density suburb.
Council is preparing a Place Plan for Mortlake to respond to these changes and will be undertaking community engagement in September 2018 to identify actions that will ‘create places’ in Mortlake that provide economic, social and cultural nourishment.
The intent of the plan is to create a place of:
Onsite consultation dates and locations:
You are invited to contribute to the development of the plan.
Please submit your feedback to Council’s Place Management Coordinator, Mr Vincent Conroy via:
Post: Locked Bag 1470, DRUMMOYNE NSW 1470
Telephone: 9911 6555
The City of Canada Bay has started preparation of a new Plan of Management (PoM) for Five Dock Park. The plan will guide the use, development and management of the park into the future.
During the consultation period we invited users, the community and stakeholders to offer their views about the park’s future – what they value about Five Dock Park, how they use the area, issues they feel need attention and suggestions or ideas for future directions for this important area, to help in preparing the new PoM.
An Issues, Opportunities and Discussion Paper has been prepared (see Related Items below). This paper, and more importantly, community feedback received on the issues and management options it suggests (as well as other considerations, aspirations or ideas the community might raise), will help shape the new PoM which will guide the park’s management into the future.
A summary document is available for download below.
Closed. Consultation was undertaken from Tuesday, 14 August to Friday, 7 September 2018.
The outcomes of the consultation period will be available at a date to be determined.
As part of our Let’s Play Playground Strategy we are preparing to upgrade the existing neighbourhood playground at Roberts Reserve.
The aim of this project is to enhance the existing play area for families and young children in our local community.
The proposed works include replacing existing play equipment, installing new playground soft fall (mulch), and installing a shade sail. The proposed works have an estimated value of $65,000.
The options in Related Information below, provide potential locations for the new equipment.
Option one is the current preference as this location will allow a shade sail to be installed over all play equipment. It will also increase the passive play area for activities such as kicking a ball around over the southern portion of the reserve.
The playground concept design will be available for comment later this year and construction works are expected to take place in early 2019.
Closed. Consultation was undertaken from Wednesday, 25 July to Friday, 17 August 2018.
Outcomes of the consultation will be available at a date yet to be determined.
An aerial image of the two options can be found in the Related Information section below.
City of Canada Bay is very fortunate to have a highly active community and the facilities to enable passive recreation in our beautiful parks and reserves. As part of our commitment to plan for and maintain our parks and open spaces, we are pleased to announce a number of park infrastructure and security upgrades for Cabarita Park.
The works are valued at $500,000 and are expected to be undertaken in October this year, following a Tender and appointment of contractor process.
The proposed works includes:
Closed. Consultation was undertaken from Wednesday, 18 July to Friday, 3 August, 2018.
The outcomes of the consultation period will be available later in 2018.
A concept design of the proposed shelter upgrades can be found in the section below, for your information.
The City of Canada Bay is conducting a town centre care factor survey to find out what is most important to you in your ideal town centre. Your inputs will help guide investment in changes that make our town centres great places to live, work and play.
The survey asks you what is most important to you in your ideal town centre - it is like a 'place census' of your local government area. It asks you ‘what is most important to you in your ideal town centre?’ The aim is to capture your values, not what you would change in your local centre. The survey collects some basic demographic information, then asks you to select the top three attributes that are most important to you in making town centres enjoyable places to visit.
The survey will only take about five minutes and is open from 6 July - 19 August 2018.
At the end of the care factor survey you can share your ideas and get the chance to win one of five $100 vouchers from a selected local retailer.
To complete the survey, click here.
The open space adjacent to The Connection in Rhodes is known as Foreshore Park. The City of Canada Bay is responsible for determining place names and is seeking your participation in naming this park.
Foreshore Park was recently upgraded with a new playground, tree planting, furniture and water stations.
To participate in the naming process:
Council will consider all names nominated and make a recommendation to the NSW Geographical Names Board in May 2018. The final park name signage will be installed by June 2018.
Foreshore Park is built on land reclaimed from Homebush Bay and therefore would not meet criteria for dual naming with an Aboriginal place name.
For more information, please contact Council's Place Management Team on 9911 6555.
City of Canada Bay is very fortunate to have a highly active community and facilities to enable sports participation. As our population continues to grow, so do the many children and adults who wish to participate in organised and passive recreation.
Our community enjoys a rich recreational lifestyle with over 130 open spaces including 72 parks and reserves, comprising of 303.4 hectares (15.3%) of the total local government area. Only 21 of these 72 parks and reserves are active reserves for field sports. Of these 21 active reserves, 19 already and/or shortly will have lighting installed to support winter weeknight training.
There are limited opportunities for new open space areas to be created and as a result, we need to investigate opportunities to manage our current fields better. A significant challenge for our local clubs is accessing fields for weeknight training. City of Canada Bay’s Local Planning Strategy (2010) and Recreation and Facilities Strategy (2013) both identified the increasing demand for outdoor sports field space due to current and forecasted population growth. This is consistent with SSROC’s Review of Sporting Fields Management in the Southern Sydney Region (2008).
Therefore to meet the growing demand for sports participation, we need to consider installing lighting poles and extending hours of use at Council’s other existing playing fields, including Lysaght Park.
Based on recommendations of the City of Canada Bay Recreation and Facilities Strategy and an internal review of supply and demand, Council proposes the installation of sports field lighting and extending weekend usage from Saturdays 8 am – 1pm to Saturdays and Sundays games from 8am – 6pm at Lysaght Park to meet the current and forecasted community demand of our community.
The installation of lights is not intended to impact the community, but provide health and wellbeing benefits for all our community members. The existing off-leash dog provisions will remain the same.
Closed. Community Consultation was undertaken from 1 to 28 May. The outcomes of the consultation period will be available later in 2018.
See Related Items below for additional information.