Parramatta Park

FAQs

What is a Conservation Management Plan (CMP)?

A CMP is a document which sets out the heritage and natural values and significance of an asset, site or place. They provide a long-term management tool which enables the values and significance of assets, sites or places to be protected, conserved, activated and retained in the future.

What is a Plan of Management (POM)?

A POM is a document which governs the strategic direction and management of an asset or park over the long-term. They help to guide the conservation of biodiversity, restoration and building of landscapes, protection of natural and cultural heritage values, in addition to creating recreational and leisure opportunities, land use opportunities and activation of the asset or park.

What is the legislation related to this work?

The Parramatta Park CMP and POM are required due to legislative obligations under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) and the NSW Parramatta Park Trust Act 2011 (PPT Act).

These Acts have required the Trust to:

a)    Prepare a CMP under the EPBC Act - This Act requires at least one management plan be prepared containing specific criteria for the contents of a management plan for a place of World and National Heritage Significance (being Parramatta Park).

b)    Prepare a POM under the PPT Act - This Act requires a POM to be prepared for the Park containing a detailed scheme of the operations proposed to be undertaken in, or relation to the Trust Lands

Why is the CMP and POM being combined into one plan?

Given the heritage and natural values and significance of Parramatta Park, the Trust is taking the opportunity to combine the CMP and POM for Parramatta Park into one plan to ensure we look holistically at the protection of heritage and natural values, activation and future direction of the Park over the next 10 years.

How is the Trust protecting the heritage values of the Park?

  • The Park is protected by legislation that recognises the historic and cultural values of Old Government House and Domain, listed as one of 11 significant convict sites UNESCO World Heritage Site and protects the city’s green space for future generations.
  • The Park is also protected by the NSW State Heritage Register identifying the Parramatta Sand Body (which extends into Parramatta Park), as an important cultural landscape containing substantial and potentially ancient archaeological evidence of pre-colonial Aboriginal occupation.
  • The natural values of the Park including the Grey-headed Flying-fox and Cumberland Plain and River Flat Eucalyptus Forests, are protected by the NSW Threatened Species Act 1995 (TSC Act) and the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
  • The Trust aims to strike a balance between respect of heritage and cultural values in the ongoing management and activation of the Park.

How does the Trust plan to manage future events in the Park?

The Trust recognises the Park has grown to become an outstanding outdoor event venue that brings joy to tens of thousands of people across the year. We are also very cognisant of competing priorities within the Park and its proximity to residential areas. The Trust has a Noise Management Plan for events within the Park and works with event providers to assess all event proposals in line with our strategic objectives, feedback from the community and learnings from our previous event series

How is the Trust protecting the bats in Parramatta Park?

  • The Trust’s Grey-headed Flying Fox Camp Management Plan outlines how we are working with Office of Environment and Heritage, City of Parramatta and Urban Growth to conserve the local Grey-headed Flying Fox colony and their native habitat.
  • The Trust continues to work with our partners Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Centre to revegetate the River-flat Eucalypt Forest adjacent to Parramatta River which will preserve the bat’s native habitat.

How is the Trust protecting bushland in Parramatta Park?

  • The Trust aims to continue to manage and restore the Park’s bushland and riparian vegetation to improve biodiversity within the Park through an ongoing bushland restoration program in accordance with the Parramatta Park Biodiversity Strategy 2015.
  • This Trust is committed to ensure the Park showcases the protected Cumberland Plain Woodland and River-Flat Eucalypt Forest plantings, provides habitat for native animals in the centre of a growing population and is a place for the community to connect with and enjoy the natural environment.

When will Parramatta get a new pool?

  • In 2016, the NSW government announced Mays Hill Precinct as the preferred location for the new aquatic centre.
  • In 2017, the Park commissioned the Mays Hill Masterplan, providing detailed consultation around design and the future for the Mays Hill Precinct site. The Masterplan was adopted by the Minister in January 2018.
  • In 2017 and 2018, the City of Parramatta undertook a detailed planning study for the new facility to ensure the best outcome for the community, including a business case, site suitability study and a design competition for the new pool.
  • In late 2018, Council resolved that the State government should fully fund a replacement pool.
  • The NSW government has committed to $30m ‘like-for-like’ facility and Infrastructure NSW is now leading this process.
  • The Trust will keep the community updated and informed as the project progresses.

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