District Park Lease and Sports and Community Building (North Manly)

We are seeking feedback from the community on a proposal to;

  1. Lease land occupied by the Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and Warringah Recreation Centre and
  2. Design, construct, manage and operate a Sports and Community Building proposed on the site of the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club.

We are seeking feedback from the community on a proposal to;

  1. Lease land occupied by the Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and Warringah Recreation Centre and
  2. Design, construct, manage and operate a Sports and Community Building proposed on the site of the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club.

  • Project On Hold

    3 months ago

    On 12 May 2016 Warringah Council was dissolved and the new Northern Beaches Council was formed.

    Due to the recent changes, this project is now on hold pending the outcome of the Northern Beaches Sportsgrounds Strategy and Golf Review.

    For further enquiries, contact the Tereza Tomas, Property Officer, on 99422111.

    On 12 May 2016 Warringah Council was dissolved and the new Northern Beaches Council was formed.

    Due to the recent changes, this project is now on hold pending the outcome of the Northern Beaches Sportsgrounds Strategy and Golf Review.

    For further enquiries, contact the Tereza Tomas, Property Officer, on 99422111.
  • Community Engagement Report

    8 months ago

    Thank you to all community members who made a submission.

    Approximately 117 submissions were received, presenting a range of interests and concerns. The majority of respondents were members of key user groups such as;

    • North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club
    • Manly Leagues Club
    • Warringah Golf Club.

    The most popular aspect of the proposed lease was for a combined/”country club” facility to encourage community and social interaction, followed by support for various combinations of clubs to hold the head lease or to be involved in the successful tendering entity.

    The main concerns about the proposed sports and community club are related to retaining a bowling club on the site. A reduction in the number of greens to below a minimum of two greens would result in a reduction in or loss of valued bowling, social and entertainment activities.

    What happens now?

    Council will consider the submissions made during consultation when making decisions in relation to the future plans for District Park.

    If you have received this email, you will receive an email notification closer to the time advising that we are calling for tenders and the tender process to follow.

    Thank you to all community members who made a submission.

    Approximately 117 submissions were received, presenting a range of interests and concerns. The majority of respondents were members of key user groups such as;

    • North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club
    • Manly Leagues Club
    • Warringah Golf Club.

    The most popular aspect of the proposed lease was for a combined/”country club” facility to encourage community and social interaction, followed by support for various combinations of clubs to hold the head lease or to be involved in the successful tendering entity.

    The main concerns about the proposed sports and community club are related to retaining a bowling club on the site. A reduction in the number of greens to below a minimum of two greens would result in a reduction in or loss of valued bowling, social and entertainment activities.

    What happens now?

    Council will consider the submissions made during consultation when making decisions in relation to the future plans for District Park.

    If you have received this email, you will receive an email notification closer to the time advising that we are calling for tenders and the tender process to follow.
  • The Proposed Lease and Tender

    about 1 year ago

    The current occupiers of the three main leased areas - Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and the Warringah Recreation Centre – are on leases that expire in August 2017.

    The lease from September 2017 is proposed to include:

    • the leased land of the Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and the Warringah Recreation Centre
    • design, construction, and centralised management and operation of a Sports and Community Building on the site of the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club.

    The community engagement regarding the proposed tender and leases is from March - April 2016. The outcomes of community engagement will be reported to Council in May 2016.

    Council endorsement is required to proceed with the tender. If Council endorses the tender, they will then issue tender documents and seek Expressions of Interest from potential tenderers in an open public tender in mid 2016.

    The current occupiers of the three main leased areas - Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and the Warringah Recreation Centre – are on leases that expire in August 2017.

    The lease from September 2017 is proposed to include:

    • the leased land of the Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and the Warringah Recreation Centre
    • design, construction, and centralised management and operation of a Sports and Community Building on the site of the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club.

    The community engagement regarding the proposed tender and leases is from March - April 2016. The outcomes of community engagement will be reported to Council in May 2016.

    Council endorsement is required to proceed with the tender. If Council endorses the tender, they will then issue tender documents and seek Expressions of Interest from potential tenderers in an open public tender in mid 2016.

  • How can I be involved?

    about 1 year ago

    Have your say on the proposed leases of land and tender criteria;

    • Make an online comment
    • Attend a community information session (see details below)
    • Write to Council marked 'District Park Lease and Sports and Community Building’ 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why 2099
    Comments close 29 April 2016

    For further information, contact Tereza Tomas 9942 2358.

    Have your say on the proposed leases of land and tender criteria;

    • Make an online comment
    • Attend a community information session (see details below)
    • Write to Council marked 'District Park Lease and Sports and Community Building’ 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why 2099
    Comments close 29 April 2016

    For further information, contact Tereza Tomas 9942 2358.
  • Community Drop-In Sessions

    about 1 year ago

    Come along to one of our community drop in sessions for more information about District Park Lease and Sports and Community Building.

    • Saturday 2 April, 3pm to 5pm at Warringah Golf Club
    • Saturday 9 April, 11.30am-1.30pm at North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club
    • Wednesday 13 April, 6pm-8pm at Warringah Recreation Centre
    • Wednesday 27 April, 6pm – 8pm, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club
    No registration required.

    Come along to one of our community drop in sessions for more information about District Park Lease and Sports and Community Building.

    • Saturday 2 April, 3pm to 5pm at Warringah Golf Club
    • Saturday 9 April, 11.30am-1.30pm at North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club
    • Wednesday 13 April, 6pm-8pm at Warringah Recreation Centre
    • Wednesday 27 April, 6pm – 8pm, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club
    No registration required.
  • Proposed tender criteria

    about 1 year ago

    Council prefers a single management approach to the lease of the land occupied by the Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and the Warringah Recreation Centre; and to design, construct, and centrally manage and operate the Sports and Community Building.

    Council will require the successful tenderer to meet certain compulsory criteria including:

    • design and construction of a Sports and Community Building
    • centralised management and operation of the Warringah Golf Course, Warringah Recreation Centre, and the Sports and Community Building
    • continued operation of Warringah Golf Course as an 18 hole golf course
    • compliance with relevant legislation (including development, environmental)
    • compliance with the District Park Plan of Management 2015
    • public access to the Sports and Community Building.

    Council expects that other aspects of the Sports and Community Building will be negotiable, such as:

    • location of the Sports and Community Building within the specified footprint
    • building components and design
    • future uses of the building
    • management of the building.

    The feedback Council receives from the community will influence the criteria for the tender.

    The feedback will be compiled into a Community Engagement Report, which will be attached to a report to the elected Council as well as the tender documentation. The Community Engagement Report will also be publicly available on Council’s website.

    Council prefers a single management approach to the lease of the land occupied by the Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and the Warringah Recreation Centre; and to design, construct, and centrally manage and operate the Sports and Community Building.

    Council will require the successful tenderer to meet certain compulsory criteria including:

    • design and construction of a Sports and Community Building
    • centralised management and operation of the Warringah Golf Course, Warringah Recreation Centre, and the Sports and Community Building
    • continued operation of Warringah Golf Course as an 18 hole golf course
    • compliance with relevant legislation (including development, environmental)
    • compliance with the District Park Plan of Management 2015
    • public access to the Sports and Community Building.

    Council expects that other aspects of the Sports and Community Building will be negotiable, such as:

    • location of the Sports and Community Building within the specified footprint
    • building components and design
    • future uses of the building
    • management of the building.

    The feedback Council receives from the community will influence the criteria for the tender.

    The feedback will be compiled into a Community Engagement Report, which will be attached to a report to the elected Council as well as the tender documentation. The Community Engagement Report will also be publicly available on Council’s website.
  • Background

    about 1 year ago

    Clubhouses associated with sporting facilities in District Park have been constructed on an ad-hoc basis over the years. Such clubhouses are:

    • Warringah Golf Club (located on privately owned land at 397 Condamine Street in North Manly)
    • North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club (Nolan Reserve)
    • Calabria Bowling Sports and Social Club (Passmore Reserve)

    Several sporting clubs and activities are located in close proximity at District Park, and the leases of some of these facilities expired from 2014. In addition, the Warringah Golf Club indicated their desire to locate their clubhouse within District Park rather than outside .

    Combining sports and community activities into one building in District Park was first proposed by Warringah Council, which saw an opportunity to combine these clubs into a shared, modern, multi-purpose facility rather than have disparate and poorer quality facilities. This would have social opportunities as well as financial benefits to the clubs and the community.

    The District Park Discussion Paper, which Warringah Council placed on public exhibition for comment in November 2013, proposed options including:

    • integrating golf club facilities with tennis, squash and bowling facilities
    • integrating the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club and Christian Brothers Junior Rugby League buildings on Nolan Reserve

    Feedback from the community about a combined sports club in District Park was generally favourable, although there were varying views on the location of a new clubhouse, and the desire for a new clubhouse only for golf members and players.

    Feasibility of a Sports and Community Building

    In 2014-15 it was decided to test the need for and the feasibility of a combined sports and community building in District Park.

    A Mayoral Minute to the 24 June 2014 Council meeting proposed that Council investigate opportunities to better utilise or develop existing assets by entering into Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to facilitate the delivery of key community projects. Council evaluated the 22 submissions received in terms of community benefit and financial viability, with five concepts assessed as desirable to proceed. One of these five concepts proposed a multi-sports and health club.

    Council included a proposal to commission a feasibility study for a combined sports, recreation and community facility in District Park in the District Park Strategic Directions Paper. The proposal received a limited but generally positive response from the community during public exhibition of the Strategic Directions Paper in July 2014. View District Park Strategic Directions Paper 2014

    Council then commissioned the District Park Clubhouse Feasibility Study which was prepared by Golf Business Advisory Services in April 2015. The feasibility study concluded that:

    • a combined clubhouse is feasible
    • the most favourable location is in Nolan Reserve close to the corner of Pittwater and Kentwell Roads, which is currently occupied by the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club.

    Community Feedback to Draft District Park Plan Of Management

    Based on feedback from the community about the combined sports, recreation and community facility, Council proposed in the Draft Plan of Management for District Park (May 2015) to:

    “Implement a process to develop a central recreation club on the site of the current North Manly Bowling Club to include activities on WRC site (bowling, golf and other recreational activities)”.

    Features of a central, combined sports, recreation and community facility which were supported most by respondents to the public exhibition of the Draft District Park Plan of Management in June-July 2015 were:

    • the long-term lease of the combined sports, recreation and community building should be to Warringah Golf Club
    • support for a combined sports, recreation and community club
    • the sports and community club should be for multiple sports
    • the clubhouse should be located close to the golf course
    • the building design should allow for storage, clubrooms, change rooms, and social areas.

    Concerns

    Key concerns/issues about a central, combined sports, recreation and community facility included:

    • location of the building on the identified footprint in relation to the golf course and the riparian corridor of Brookvale Creek
    • possible loss of a bowling green(s) at North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club
    • changes to the configuration of Warringah Golf Course
    • uncertainty about the combination of clubs which would be involved
    • management structure of the building
    • possible involvement of Manly Warringah Rugby League Football Club
    • length of the lease period
    • uncertainty of funding of the building and parking area between Council and Warringah Golf Club
    • poker machines and gambling
    • the site is flood prone, so the building would need to be raised to avoid flooding.

    Preferred location for Sports and Community Building

    Community feedback on the proposed sports, recreation and community facility was considered, and the action in the adopted Plan of Management for District Park was changed to:

    “Investigate and develop a combined sports, recreation and community club building on the site of the current North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club.”

    View preferred maximum footprint and some suggested features of the building

    The key reason for further developing the concept for a combined sports, recreation and community club building in a location zone close to the corner of Pittwater and Kentwell Roads, which is currently occupied by the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, was because this location was supported by the Clubhouse Feasibility Study 2015. Reasons for supporting this location are because it:

    • is centrally located within District Park
    • is easily accessible from frequent bus services operating along Pittwater Road and Condamine Street
    • takes advantage of and supports the existing shared paths linking the site with surrounding areas
    • takes advantage of the traffic signals at the Pittwater Road/Kentwell Road and Condamine Street/Kentwell Road intersections which provide for safe controlled vehicle access as well as pedestrian crossing movements
    • is large enough to incorporate appropriate environmental set-backs, and formal parking
    • permits a registered club under the Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011.

    Leases

    Since the Plan of Management for District Park was adopted on 25 August 2015, Council has put the occupiers of the three main leased areas - Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and the Warringah Recreation Centre - on monthly tenancy and extending arrangements until August 2017.

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    Clubhouses associated with sporting facilities in District Park have been constructed on an ad-hoc basis over the years. Such clubhouses are:

    • Warringah Golf Club (located on privately owned land at 397 Condamine Street in North Manly)
    • North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club (Nolan Reserve)
    • Calabria Bowling Sports and Social Club (Passmore Reserve)

    Several sporting clubs and activities are located in close proximity at District Park, and the leases of some of these facilities expired from 2014. In addition, the Warringah Golf Club indicated their desire to locate their clubhouse within District Park rather than outside .

    Combining sports and community activities into one building in District Park was first proposed by Warringah Council, which saw an opportunity to combine these clubs into a shared, modern, multi-purpose facility rather than have disparate and poorer quality facilities. This would have social opportunities as well as financial benefits to the clubs and the community.

    The District Park Discussion Paper, which Warringah Council placed on public exhibition for comment in November 2013, proposed options including:

    • integrating golf club facilities with tennis, squash and bowling facilities
    • integrating the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club and Christian Brothers Junior Rugby League buildings on Nolan Reserve

    Feedback from the community about a combined sports club in District Park was generally favourable, although there were varying views on the location of a new clubhouse, and the desire for a new clubhouse only for golf members and players.

    Feasibility of a Sports and Community Building

    In 2014-15 it was decided to test the need for and the feasibility of a combined sports and community building in District Park.

    A Mayoral Minute to the 24 June 2014 Council meeting proposed that Council investigate opportunities to better utilise or develop existing assets by entering into Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to facilitate the delivery of key community projects. Council evaluated the 22 submissions received in terms of community benefit and financial viability, with five concepts assessed as desirable to proceed. One of these five concepts proposed a multi-sports and health club.

    Council included a proposal to commission a feasibility study for a combined sports, recreation and community facility in District Park in the District Park Strategic Directions Paper. The proposal received a limited but generally positive response from the community during public exhibition of the Strategic Directions Paper in July 2014. View District Park Strategic Directions Paper 2014

    Council then commissioned the District Park Clubhouse Feasibility Study which was prepared by Golf Business Advisory Services in April 2015. The feasibility study concluded that:

    • a combined clubhouse is feasible
    • the most favourable location is in Nolan Reserve close to the corner of Pittwater and Kentwell Roads, which is currently occupied by the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club.

    Community Feedback to Draft District Park Plan Of Management

    Based on feedback from the community about the combined sports, recreation and community facility, Council proposed in the Draft Plan of Management for District Park (May 2015) to:

    “Implement a process to develop a central recreation club on the site of the current North Manly Bowling Club to include activities on WRC site (bowling, golf and other recreational activities)”.

    Features of a central, combined sports, recreation and community facility which were supported most by respondents to the public exhibition of the Draft District Park Plan of Management in June-July 2015 were:

    • the long-term lease of the combined sports, recreation and community building should be to Warringah Golf Club
    • support for a combined sports, recreation and community club
    • the sports and community club should be for multiple sports
    • the clubhouse should be located close to the golf course
    • the building design should allow for storage, clubrooms, change rooms, and social areas.

    Concerns

    Key concerns/issues about a central, combined sports, recreation and community facility included:

    • location of the building on the identified footprint in relation to the golf course and the riparian corridor of Brookvale Creek
    • possible loss of a bowling green(s) at North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club
    • changes to the configuration of Warringah Golf Course
    • uncertainty about the combination of clubs which would be involved
    • management structure of the building
    • possible involvement of Manly Warringah Rugby League Football Club
    • length of the lease period
    • uncertainty of funding of the building and parking area between Council and Warringah Golf Club
    • poker machines and gambling
    • the site is flood prone, so the building would need to be raised to avoid flooding.

    Preferred location for Sports and Community Building

    Community feedback on the proposed sports, recreation and community facility was considered, and the action in the adopted Plan of Management for District Park was changed to:

    “Investigate and develop a combined sports, recreation and community club building on the site of the current North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club.”

    View preferred maximum footprint and some suggested features of the building

    The key reason for further developing the concept for a combined sports, recreation and community club building in a location zone close to the corner of Pittwater and Kentwell Roads, which is currently occupied by the North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, was because this location was supported by the Clubhouse Feasibility Study 2015. Reasons for supporting this location are because it:

    • is centrally located within District Park
    • is easily accessible from frequent bus services operating along Pittwater Road and Condamine Street
    • takes advantage of and supports the existing shared paths linking the site with surrounding areas
    • takes advantage of the traffic signals at the Pittwater Road/Kentwell Road and Condamine Street/Kentwell Road intersections which provide for safe controlled vehicle access as well as pedestrian crossing movements
    • is large enough to incorporate appropriate environmental set-backs, and formal parking
    • permits a registered club under the Warringah Local Environmental Plan 2011.

    Leases

    Since the Plan of Management for District Park was adopted on 25 August 2015, Council has put the occupiers of the three main leased areas - Warringah Golf Course, North Manly Bowling and Recreation Club, and the Warringah Recreation Centre - on monthly tenancy and extending arrangements until August 2017.

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