Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam) Plan of Management

Consultation has concluded 5 August 2014

Manly Dam - select to enlarge

We are preparing a new Plan of Management for the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park . The previous Plan was released in July 1998 and since then many of the Plan's strategic initiatives and recommended actions have been completed.

A new Plan of Management is needed to take a fresh look at what the community values about the Park to develop current management actions to maintain, protect and enhance these values. A new Plan of Management is also required to incorporate any recent studies and information and to address contemporary issues such the growing popularity of mountain bike riding and a growing interest in war memorials and remembrance days.

A new Plan of Management is essential to set a new vision for the future of Manly Warringah War Memorial Park and to ensure it retains relevance for the community.

View the news items below for more information and project updates.

Manly Dam - select to enlarge

We are preparing a new Plan of Management for the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park . The previous Plan was released in July 1998 and since then many of the Plan's strategic initiatives and recommended actions have been completed.

A new Plan of Management is needed to take a fresh look at what the community values about the Park to develop current management actions to maintain, protect and enhance these values. A new Plan of Management is also required to incorporate any recent studies and information and to address contemporary issues such the growing popularity of mountain bike riding and a growing interest in war memorials and remembrance days.

A new Plan of Management is essential to set a new vision for the future of Manly Warringah War Memorial Park and to ensure it retains relevance for the community.

View the news items below for more information and project updates.

Consultation has concluded 5 August 2014
  • Council approves Manly Warringah War Memorial Park Plan of Management

    about 3 years ago

    Council would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on the Draft Plan of Management for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam). 

    On 25 March 2014 Council finalised and adopted, with amendments, the new Manly Warringah War Memorial Park Plan of Management.

    View Council report
    View the final Plan of Management

    For more information regarding this project, please contact Damian Ham on 9942 2972 . 

    For more information about Manly Dam, please visit the Manly Dam Page.

    Council would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on the Draft Plan of Management for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam). 

    On 25 March 2014 Council finalised and adopted, with amendments, the new Manly Warringah War Memorial Park Plan of Management.

    View Council report
    View the final Plan of Management

    For more information regarding this project, please contact Damian Ham on 9942 2972 . 

    For more information about Manly Dam, please visit the Manly Dam Page.

  • Project Update

    over 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your feedback during the consultation period.

    A total of 271 submissions were received. Many issues were addressed, however the key topics were;

    • Waterskiing 
    • Mountain biking 
    • Walking tracks 
    • Parking and traffic issues
    • Biodiversity issues 
    • Land planning issues on adjoining or nearby land parcels 
    • Commercial activities
    • Dogs in the Park

    Thank you for sharing your feedback during the consultation period.

    A total of 271 submissions were received. Many issues were addressed, however the key topics were;

    • Waterskiing 
    • Mountain biking 
    • Walking tracks 
    • Parking and traffic issues
    • Biodiversity issues 
    • Land planning issues on adjoining or nearby land parcels 
    • Commercial activities
    • Dogs in the Park
  • Project Update

    over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your contribution to the final draft Plan of Management for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam).

    The report recommending that Council adopt the final draft has been submitted to the Council meeting for 25 March 2014.

    The full report, final draft plan and other related documents can be viewed here.

    Thank you for your contribution to the final draft Plan of Management for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam).

    The report recommending that Council adopt the final draft has been submitted to the Council meeting for 25 March 2014.

    The full report, final draft plan and other related documents can be viewed here.

  • Have your Say

    almost 4 years ago

    Council is seeking your comments on the Draft Plan of Management for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam)

    Comments close 10 February 2014

    Come along to an onsite community information session: Section 1 Manly Dam picnic area, 112 King Street, Manly Vale

    • Sunday 12 January 2014 from 12.30pm – 2.30pm
    • Saturday 1 February 2014 from 12.30pm - 2.30pm

    Note: Wet weather session will be held in the Manly Dam Visitor Centre

    You can also provide your comments by:

    • Email Submission
    • Writing to Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099 (marked "Submission Manly Dam Plan of Management")

    You can also view the draft Plan of Management at the following locations:

    • Warringah Council Customer Services, Civic Centre, Dee Why
    • Council libraries at Dee Why, Forestville, Belrose and Warringah Mall
    • Manly Dam Visitor Centre - 112 King Street, Manly Vale

    For further information please call Manly Dam 9949 3235

    Council is seeking your comments on the Draft Plan of Management for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam)

    Comments close 10 February 2014

    Come along to an onsite community information session: Section 1 Manly Dam picnic area, 112 King Street, Manly Vale

    • Sunday 12 January 2014 from 12.30pm – 2.30pm
    • Saturday 1 February 2014 from 12.30pm - 2.30pm

    Note: Wet weather session will be held in the Manly Dam Visitor Centre

    You can also provide your comments by:

    • Email Submission
    • Writing to Warringah Council, 725 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099 (marked "Submission Manly Dam Plan of Management")

    You can also view the draft Plan of Management at the following locations:

    • Warringah Council Customer Services, Civic Centre, Dee Why
    • Council libraries at Dee Why, Forestville, Belrose and Warringah Mall
    • Manly Dam Visitor Centre - 112 King Street, Manly Vale

    For further information please call Manly Dam 9949 3235

  • Overview of Draft Plan of Management

    almost 4 years ago

    A new Plan of Management for the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam) has been drafted for public exhibition.

    The Draft Plan takes a fresh look at what the community value about the Park and sets future management actions to maintain, protect and enhance the community’s vision and values. The Draft Plan incorporates recent community and environmental studies, giving us information to address contemporary issues such the growing popularity of bushwalking, mountain bike riding, water sports and a growing interest in our culture and history.

    View the Draft Plan of Management

    View the Report Appendices

    View the Key Plan of Management Directions Summary

    The Draft Plan proposes the following key actions:

    • Increasing community access to the whole lake by allowing 4 days of water skiing
    • Improve access and safety to the Park, while keeping the values and character of the Park, by;
            o redesigning and upgrading the King Street entrance to the Park
            o  refurbishment of picnic areas and amenity buildings
            o  landscaping and presentation improvements of the War Memorial area
            o  upgrade, reroute, rationalise and formalise walking and mountain bike tracks to improve safety, sustainability and the environment.

    • Manage central bushland area of park as “core fauna habitat and refuge area”.
    • Balance commercial use/activity to ensure that the Park’s values, and visitor experiences are not compromised.

    The Draft Plan will continue to:

    • Allow water skiing in the current permitted area
    • Support walking on specified tracks
    • Support mountain biking on specified tracks
    • Allow wood fuelled BBQs in specified picnic area locations
    • Protect Aboriginal heritage in the Park
    • Recognise the Park as a War Memorial Park
    • Support ANZAC and Remembrance Day ceremonies
    • Environmental improvement actions including:
               o bush regeneration
               o pest species control o bush fire management
               o water quality monitoring
               o stormwater improvement

    A new Plan of Management for the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (Manly Dam) has been drafted for public exhibition.

    The Draft Plan takes a fresh look at what the community value about the Park and sets future management actions to maintain, protect and enhance the community’s vision and values. The Draft Plan incorporates recent community and environmental studies, giving us information to address contemporary issues such the growing popularity of bushwalking, mountain bike riding, water sports and a growing interest in our culture and history.

    View the Draft Plan of Management

    View the Report Appendices

    View the Key Plan of Management Directions Summary

    The Draft Plan proposes the following key actions:

    • Increasing community access to the whole lake by allowing 4 days of water skiing
    • Improve access and safety to the Park, while keeping the values and character of the Park, by;
            o redesigning and upgrading the King Street entrance to the Park
            o  refurbishment of picnic areas and amenity buildings
            o  landscaping and presentation improvements of the War Memorial area
            o  upgrade, reroute, rationalise and formalise walking and mountain bike tracks to improve safety, sustainability and the environment.

    • Manage central bushland area of park as “core fauna habitat and refuge area”.
    • Balance commercial use/activity to ensure that the Park’s values, and visitor experiences are not compromised.

    The Draft Plan will continue to:

    • Allow water skiing in the current permitted area
    • Support walking on specified tracks
    • Support mountain biking on specified tracks
    • Allow wood fuelled BBQs in specified picnic area locations
    • Protect Aboriginal heritage in the Park
    • Recognise the Park as a War Memorial Park
    • Support ANZAC and Remembrance Day ceremonies
    • Environmental improvement actions including:
               o bush regeneration
               o pest species control o bush fire management
               o water quality monitoring
               o stormwater improvement

  • Draft Plan of Management

    almost 4 years ago

    Past public consultation has shaped the Draft Plan of Management (the Draft Plan), integrating the community vision of, “A vibrant, caring community, thriving in a unique beach and bush environment, supporting a balance of lifestyle, business and recreation.”

    The Draft Plan takes a fresh look at what the community value about the Park and sets future management actions to maintain, protect and enhance the community’s vision and values. The Draft Plan incorporates recent community and environmental studies, giving us information to address contemporary issues such the growing popularity of bushwalking, mountain bike riding, water sports and a growing interest in our culture and history.

    This new Plan of Management is essential in setting the community’s vision for the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, enhancing environmental, lifestyle, economic and recreational opportunities now and into the future.

    Past public consultation has shaped the Draft Plan of Management (the Draft Plan), integrating the community vision of, “A vibrant, caring community, thriving in a unique beach and bush environment, supporting a balance of lifestyle, business and recreation.”

    The Draft Plan takes a fresh look at what the community value about the Park and sets future management actions to maintain, protect and enhance the community’s vision and values. The Draft Plan incorporates recent community and environmental studies, giving us information to address contemporary issues such the growing popularity of bushwalking, mountain bike riding, water sports and a growing interest in our culture and history.

    This new Plan of Management is essential in setting the community’s vision for the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, enhancing environmental, lifestyle, economic and recreational opportunities now and into the future.

  • Upcoming Public Exhibition of the Draft Plan of Management

    by site admin 1, almost 5 years ago

    Following significant community consultation in 2011 a Draft Plan of Management was prepared for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park. This has been forwarded to the State Government for approval.

    Following this, the Draft Plan of Management will be submitted to Council for approval to go to public exhibition.

    A coordinated process will then be rolled out to seek further community submissions and comments. 

    Following significant community consultation in 2011 a Draft Plan of Management was prepared for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park. This has been forwarded to the State Government for approval.

    Following this, the Draft Plan of Management will be submitted to Council for approval to go to public exhibition.

    A coordinated process will then be rolled out to seek further community submissions and comments. 

  • Discussion Paper - Public comments period closed

    almost 7 years ago

    The comments period for the Manly Dam Issues and Directions Discussion Paper has now closed. Over 225 submissions were received in writing, via email or through Council's online discussion forum.

    During this period, the Manly Daily also ran a number of articles and letters, including an online comments page focusing on the issues and options for the Manly Dam waterbody.

    The next steps for Council will be to compile a Summary Report of all submissions and to use this information to assist Council and the NSW Land and Property Management Authority in developing a draft Plan of... Continue reading

    The comments period for the Manly Dam Issues and Directions Discussion Paper has now closed. Over 225 submissions were received in writing, via email or through Council's online discussion forum.

    During this period, the Manly Daily also ran a number of articles and letters, including an online comments page focusing on the issues and options for the Manly Dam waterbody.

    The next steps for Council will be to compile a Summary Report of all submissions and to use this information to assist Council and the NSW Land and Property Management Authority in developing a draft Plan of Management for Manly Warringah War Memorial Park.


  • Community Workshop Summary

    almost 7 years ago

    A facilitated Community Workshop was held on Monday 29 November 2010, to assist Council in managing and resolving the issues and potential conflicts between different uses and activities in Manly Warringah War Memorial Park.

    A summary report of the Community Workshop has now been prepared. Together with comments received on the Discussion Paper, this will assist in confirming the key values and management directions for the Park.


    A facilitated Community Workshop was held on Monday 29 November 2010, to assist Council in managing and resolving the issues and potential conflicts between different uses and activities in Manly Warringah War Memorial... Continue reading

    A facilitated Community Workshop was held on Monday 29 November 2010, to assist Council in managing and resolving the issues and potential conflicts between different uses and activities in Manly Warringah War Memorial Park.

    A summary report of the Community Workshop has now been prepared. Together with comments received on the Discussion Paper, this will assist in confirming the key values and management directions for the Park.


    A facilitated Community Workshop was held on Monday 29 November 2010, to assist Council in managing and resolving the issues and potential conflicts between different uses and activities in Manly Warringah War Memorial Park.

    A summary report of the Community Workshop has now been prepared. Together with comments received on the Discussion Paper, this will assist in confirming the key values and management directions for the Park.

    Fifty five (55) key stakeholders attended the workshop divided into 10 cross-representative tables, to listen to different perspectives, discuss potential trade-offs and to work together to discuss, deliberate and help resolve the following issues:
    1. Tracks and trails in the bushland
    2. Use of the water body
    3. The urban edge
    4. Day use.

    Following the close of the current comment period, on Friday 14 January, the next step will be preparing a draft Plan of Management and a draft Masterplan, which will be placed on public exhibition in 2011.

  • Background

    almost 7 years ago

    Manly Warringah War Memorial Park is located in the suburb of Allambie Heights in the Warringah Local Government Area (LGA). The Park covers an area of about 375 ha, of which 78% is bushland. Manly Warringah War Memorial Park is Crown Land reserved for Public Recreation.

    Significant features of the Park include being the largest individual bushland reserve managed by a local council on the northern beaches and Manly Dam itself, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Sydney. Manly Dam has a surface area of about 30 ha and unlike other waterways in bushland parks, it is freshwater, deep and safe for different water based activities.

    The 500 ha catchment surrounding Manly Dam includes bushland, homes, commercial businesses, the Warringah Aquatic Centre, sportsfields and the Wakehurst Golf Course.

    Manly Dam and its catchment are located wholly within the boundaries of the Warringah LGA. The Park is adjacent to and separated from Garigal National Park by the Wakehurst Parkway.

    Manly Warringah War Memorial Park is located in the suburb of Allambie Heights in the Warringah Local Government Area (LGA). The Park covers an area of about 375 ha, of which 78% is bushland. Manly Warringah War Memorial Park is Crown Land reserved for Public Recreation.

    Significant features of the Park include being the largest individual bushland reserve managed by a local council on the northern beaches and Manly Dam itself, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Sydney. Manly Dam has a surface area of about 30 ha and unlike other waterways in bushland parks, it is freshwater, deep and safe for different water based activities.

    The 500 ha catchment surrounding Manly Dam includes bushland, homes, commercial businesses, the Warringah Aquatic Centre, sportsfields and the Wakehurst Golf Course.

    Manly Dam and its catchment are located wholly within the boundaries of the Warringah LGA. The Park is adjacent to and separated from Garigal National Park by the Wakehurst Parkway.