Freshwater Coastal Open Space Master Plan

We are working with our community to develop a vision for the future revitalisation of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space area.

We are working with our community to develop a vision for the future revitalisation of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space area.

  • Third Working Group Meeting

    about 2 months ago
    Meeting 3

    The third meeting of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space Working Group was held at the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

    Council staff presented a preliminary concept which reflected the community's feedback and scenarios as developed at the second working group meeting. A brainstorming session to work out the key elements was undertaken, including options for use and activities within open spaces, access connections, management of natural bushland and dunes, parking allocation, and the incorporation and interpretation of Freshwater’s history.

    The result of this meeting will be translated into a final draft master plan. Prior the release of this plan for public exhibition, the draft plan will be further reviewed by internal stakeholders and the working group.

    The third meeting of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space Working Group was held at the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

    Council staff presented a preliminary concept which reflected the community's feedback and scenarios as developed at the second working group meeting. A brainstorming session to work out the key elements was undertaken, including options for use and activities within open spaces, access connections, management of natural bushland and dunes, parking allocation, and the incorporation and interpretation of Freshwater’s history.

    The result of this meeting will be translated into a final draft master plan. Prior the release of this plan for public exhibition, the draft plan will be further reviewed by internal stakeholders and the working group.
  • Second Working Group Meeting - report available

    3 months ago
    Fcos wg small picture for news

    The second meeting of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space Working Group was held on 16 May 2017.

    Read the report from the meeting.

    The Group meets again on 20 June 2017.

    The second meeting of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space Working Group was held on 16 May 2017.

    Read the report from the meeting.

    The Group meets again on 20 June 2017.

  • Successful first Working Group meeting held

    4 months ago
    Beautiful freshwater coastal open space

    The first meeting of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space Working Group was held at Council on Tuesday 2 May 2017.

    Members were there to represent the local community, Friends of Freshwater, Harbord Diggers, Freshwater Surf Club, families with young children and young people.

    During a very busy and highly interactive session, the group took the opportunity to meet and get to know each other briefly before completing a review of all comments obtained during Stage 1 of the community engagement. A consolidated list of issues for each of the three areas of the open space was developed, using all the gathered information.

    The Working Group then brainstormed ideas that will ultimately shape the future vision for the open space - looking five to 15 years into the future, and beyond.

    The next two Working Group meetings will be workshops to discuss concepts for inclusion in the master plan. We'll keep updating this page as we go along so you'll know what's happening.

    The first meeting of the Freshwater Coastal Open Space Working Group was held at Council on Tuesday 2 May 2017.

    Members were there to represent the local community, Friends of Freshwater, Harbord Diggers, Freshwater Surf Club, families with young children and young people.

    During a very busy and highly interactive session, the group took the opportunity to meet and get to know each other briefly before completing a review of all comments obtained during Stage 1 of the community engagement. A consolidated list of issues for each of the three areas of the open space was developed, using all the gathered information.

    The Working Group then brainstormed ideas that will ultimately shape the future vision for the open space - looking five to 15 years into the future, and beyond.

    The next two Working Group meetings will be workshops to discuss concepts for inclusion in the master plan. We'll keep updating this page as we go along so you'll know what's happening.

  • Project document update - 4 April 2017

    5 months ago
    The palm trees in area 2

    The document library on this site now includes the comments we obtained from the community at our two drop ins in March. Comments were recorded as either flags on our map, or as comments on the walking tour worksheet.

    Read the comments here.

    Our online forum is still in operation until 17 April 2017.

    All drop in comments will be used, along with the information from the online forum and any other written comments received, to assist the Working Group to start developing the Master Plan for the area.

    The document library on this site now includes the comments we obtained from the community at our two drop ins in March. Comments were recorded as either flags on our map, or as comments on the walking tour worksheet.

    Read the comments here.

    Our online forum is still in operation until 17 April 2017.

    All drop in comments will be used, along with the information from the online forum and any other written comments received, to assist the Working Group to start developing the Master Plan for the area.

  • Project document update - 31 March 2017

    5 months ago
    Freshwater coastal open space drop in 25 march 2017

    Thank you to everyone who attended our second drop in session last weekend. The information obtained is being combined together from both drop in sessions and will be distributed as soon as we can.

    Based on feedback to date, we have made a couple of changes to our online documents and these are the reasons why:

    • The wording on page 5 of the draft scoping document 'Planning for the area' has been revised to incorporate community feedback regarding improvement of pedestrian connections to surrounding areas.
    • The online site map has been updated to incorporate feedback from some residents who pointed out problems with the site boundary. The old map boundary layer was accidentally moved at the last revision causing the misalignment. This has now been fixed.
    We encourage you to comment on the online forum.

    Comments close on 17 April 2017.

    Thank you to everyone who attended our second drop in session last weekend. The information obtained is being combined together from both drop in sessions and will be distributed as soon as we can.

    Based on feedback to date, we have made a couple of changes to our online documents and these are the reasons why:

    • The wording on page 5 of the draft scoping document 'Planning for the area' has been revised to incorporate community feedback regarding improvement of pedestrian connections to surrounding areas.
    • The online site map has been updated to incorporate feedback from some residents who pointed out problems with the site boundary. The old map boundary layer was accidentally moved at the last revision causing the misalignment. This has now been fixed.
    We encourage you to comment on the online forum.

    Comments close on 17 April 2017.
  • Project update and additional information

    5 months ago
    Duke kahanamoku statue   freshwater nsw

    Following community input from 22 March 2017, we have now added two documents to the library that relate to McKillop Park (area 3) and they can be accessed using these links:

    These documents were provided by Mr Peter Warr, Co-Trustee of the Manly-Freshwater World Surfing Reserve.

    We'll also be present on site for the second drop in session tomorrow - Saturday 25 March 2017.

    Following community input from 22 March 2017, we have now added two documents to the library that relate to McKillop Park (area 3) and they can be accessed using these links:

    These documents were provided by Mr Peter Warr, Co-Trustee of the Manly-Freshwater World Surfing Reserve.

    We'll also be present on site for the second drop in session tomorrow - Saturday 25 March 2017.
  • First Community Drop In - held 22 March 2017

    5 months ago
    The map as it looked  at1145 am

    Thank you to the more than 100 people who dropped in to speak with us during the drop in session this morning. We have gathered some great information for the Working Group. It is all being typed up at the moment and will be made available to you on this site as soon as it is available.

    Please note - in response to feedback during the drop in session we are now including the western side of McKillop Park in the area of study. The site maps will be adjusted and replaced as soon as possible.

    Meanwhile, some photographs from this morning have been added to the photo library on this page - look to your right.

    If you weren't able to be there today, we'll be back on Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. Register for a site tour at 4pm on Saturday, or just drop in for a chat.

    You can also add more comments to our online forum.

    Thank you to the more than 100 people who dropped in to speak with us during the drop in session this morning. We have gathered some great information for the Working Group. It is all being typed up at the moment and will be made available to you on this site as soon as it is available.

    Please note - in response to feedback during the drop in session we are now including the western side of McKillop Park in the area of study. The site maps will be adjusted and replaced as soon as possible.

    Meanwhile, some photographs from this morning have been added to the photo library on this page - look to your right.

    If you weren't able to be there today, we'll be back on Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. Register for a site tour at 4pm on Saturday, or just drop in for a chat.

    You can also add more comments to our online forum.

  • You can be involved - Stage 1

    6 months ago
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    Stage 1 - Scoping:

    We are working with the community to establish a vision for the Freshwater Coastal Open Space and to develop a Master Plan for its future.

    You can be involved!

    Review the REVISED Scoping Paper - it provides a list of things to consider for this space, along with some suggestions for improvements - and make a submission.


    Drop in and share your thoughts: - at the marquee near the playground at Kooloora Avenue
    • Wednesday 22 March 2017 - between 9 am and 12 noon (completed)
    • Saturday 25 March 2017 - between 3pm and 5pm
    Book for a tour (places limited): - meet at the marquee near the playground at Kooloora Avenue
    • Wednesday 22 March 2017 - 10am (completed)
    • Saturday 25 March 2017 - 4pm
    Join the discussion forum: Share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of the community via the online forum

    Nominate to be on the Working Group: - refer news item (nominations close 17 April 2017)

    Stage 1 - Scoping:

    We are working with the community to establish a vision for the Freshwater Coastal Open Space and to develop a Master Plan for its future.

    You can be involved!

    Review the REVISED Scoping Paper - it provides a list of things to consider for this space, along with some suggestions for improvements - and make a submission.


    Drop in and share your thoughts: - at the marquee near the playground at Kooloora Avenue
    • Wednesday 22 March 2017 - between 9 am and 12 noon (completed)
    • Saturday 25 March 2017 - between 3pm and 5pm
    Book for a tour (places limited): - meet at the marquee near the playground at Kooloora Avenue
    • Wednesday 22 March 2017 - 10am (completed)
    • Saturday 25 March 2017 - 4pm
    Join the discussion forum: Share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of the community via the online forum

    Nominate to be on the Working Group: - refer news item (nominations close 17 April 2017)
  • Project Working Group

    6 months ago
    Freshwater beach scoping extract

    We are looking to form a community working group with a range of community members and stakeholders to assist with the development of the Masterplan.

    Meetings are scheduled for May and June 2017

    We are looking to form a community working group with a range of community members and stakeholders to assist with the development of the Masterplan.

    Meetings are scheduled for May and June 2017

  • Background

    6 months ago
    Your say 4

    The Freshwater Coastal Open Space area is comprised of Freshwater View Reserve, Freshwater Beach Reserve and McKillop Park. The area is a highly valued open space with regional status attracting not only northern beaches residents but visitors from greater Sydney, and tourists from interstate and overseas.

    The reserves are zoned for the purpose of public recreation and are a combination of Council-owned community land and Crown land of which Council is trustee. Major expansion of the reserve occurred between the 1940's and 1970's with the purchase by Council of privately held parcels of land.

    The reserve areas have undergone significant transformation over the past 80 years. The last major restoration of the area occurred in the 1980s.

    This project has been triggered by the increasing demand on the area created by its popularity as an event space and for general community use, the condition of the area, the lack of connectivity to the surrounding open space and the desire to enhance a special place that brings the community together.

      The Freshwater Coastal Open Space area is comprised of Freshwater View Reserve, Freshwater Beach Reserve and McKillop Park. The area is a highly valued open space with regional status attracting not only northern beaches residents but visitors from greater Sydney, and tourists from interstate and overseas.

      The reserves are zoned for the purpose of public recreation and are a combination of Council-owned community land and Crown land of which Council is trustee. Major expansion of the reserve occurred between the 1940's and 1970's with the purchase by Council of privately held parcels of land.

      The reserve areas have undergone significant transformation over the past 80 years. The last major restoration of the area occurred in the 1980s.

      This project has been triggered by the increasing demand on the area created by its popularity as an event space and for general community use, the condition of the area, the lack of connectivity to the surrounding open space and the desire to enhance a special place that brings the community together.