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Proposed Leases - Indoor Sports Facilities, Warringah Aquatic Centre Site (Frenchs Forest)

We are considering calling for tenders to lease land adjacent to Warringah Aquatic Centre for an indoor gymnastics centre, and an indoor sports court with associated facilities.

We are considering calling for tenders to lease land adjacent to Warringah Aquatic Centre for an indoor gymnastics centre, and an indoor sports court with associated facilities.

  • Project On Hold

    12 months ago

    On Wednesday 30 November 2016 Council held an Extraordinary Meeting where Council resolved to commence immediate exhibition of the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    The Draft Plan proposes the relocation of the existing Forest High School to the Warringah Aquatic Centre site, with a new Aquatic facility to be provided within the proposed new ‘Town Centre’ on the existing Forest High School site.

    Due to the proposed changes, Council will be placing the Indoor Sports Facilities for the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site project on hold pending the outcome of Community Consultation on the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    On Wednesday 30 November 2016 Council held an Extraordinary Meeting where Council resolved to commence immediate exhibition of the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.

    The Draft Plan proposes the relocation of the existing Forest High School to the Warringah Aquatic Centre site, with a new Aquatic facility to be provided within the proposed new ‘Town Centre’ on the existing Forest High School site.

    Due to the proposed changes, Council will be placing the Indoor Sports Facilities for the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site project on hold pending the outcome of Community Consultation on the Draft Northern Beaches Hospital Precinct Structure Plan.
  • Tender advertised

    about 2 years ago

    The Tender (RFT 2015/105) for the Lease of Land at the Warringah Aquatic Centre has now been advertised for the purpose of an indoor gymnastics centre / and or sports courts associated uses.

    View Tender Application (WARRIN-706725) (select All Current Tenders tab)

    The Tender has been extended to 8 April 2016

    Closing date and time for responses is 9 February 2016, 2pm.

    View Tender Request Summary page

    The Tender (RFT 2015/105) for the Lease of Land at the Warringah Aquatic Centre has now been advertised for the purpose of an indoor gymnastics centre / and or sports courts associated uses.

    View Tender Application (WARRIN-706725) (select All Current Tenders tab)

    The Tender has been extended to 8 April 2016

    Closing date and time for responses is 9 February 2016, 2pm.

    View Tender Request Summary page

  • Environmental Assessment Reports

    about 2 years ago

    Following community feedback, we engaged various environmental and fire consultants. The reports are available in the document library.

    Tender documentation and legal documents are being finalised. We will then progress with seeking tender responses and testing market interest. Council will include the attached reports within the tender documents to advise the tenderer of actions they need to address.


    Following community feedback, we engaged various environmental and fire consultants. The reports are available in the document library.

    Tender documentation and legal documents are being finalised. We will then progress with seeking tender responses and testing market interest. Council will include the attached reports within the tender documents to advise the tenderer of actions they need to address.


  • Results of Community Engagement

    about 2 years ago

    Thank you to all those community members who made a submission. Approximately 100 submissions regarding the proposed lease were received from a range of community members including Warringah Aquatic Centre users, Aquatic Reserve users, potential user groups, local residents, environmental interest groups, and local schools.

    Approximately 70% of people who made submissions supported the proposal to lease land adjacent to the Warringah Aquatic Centre for indoor sports facilities.

    The main aspects of the proposal that were supported and the perceived benefits included:
    • Community benefit - Increased choice/ supply of sporting facilities for the community
    • Use of a cleared and unused area for indoor sports
    • Opportunity for first-class indoor sport facilities
    • Concentration of sporting facilities in one place - Centralised local facility would increase access and reduce traffic, travel times and costs
    • Proposed indoor sports facilities complement the WAC/ Aquatic Reserve facilities
    • Leasing to a community organisation would reduce costs to Council
    • Support lease to St Augustines College to provide indoor sport facilities

    Key concerns about the proposal included:

    • environmental impacts
    • land management issues regarding the adjoining Manly Dam catchment and Heritage Conservation Area
    • the lease agreement
    • loss of/ restrictions to existing uses of Aquatic Reserve (baseball fields)
    • impact on existing uses of Warringah Aquatic Centre
    • traffic, access and parking

    View full Community Engagement Report

    Thank you to all those community members who made a submission. Approximately 100 submissions regarding the proposed lease were received from a range of community members including Warringah Aquatic Centre users, Aquatic Reserve users, potential user groups, local residents, environmental interest groups, and local schools.

    Approximately 70% of people who made submissions supported the proposal to lease land adjacent to the Warringah Aquatic Centre for indoor sports facilities.

    The main aspects of the proposal that were supported and the perceived benefits included:
    • Community benefit - Increased choice/ supply of sporting facilities for the community
    • Use of a cleared and unused area for indoor sports
    • Opportunity for first-class indoor sport facilities
    • Concentration of sporting facilities in one place - Centralised local facility would increase access and reduce traffic, travel times and costs
    • Proposed indoor sports facilities complement the WAC/ Aquatic Reserve facilities
    • Leasing to a community organisation would reduce costs to Council
    • Support lease to St Augustines College to provide indoor sport facilities

    Key concerns about the proposal included:

    • environmental impacts
    • land management issues regarding the adjoining Manly Dam catchment and Heritage Conservation Area
    • the lease agreement
    • loss of/ restrictions to existing uses of Aquatic Reserve (baseball fields)
    • impact on existing uses of Warringah Aquatic Centre
    • traffic, access and parking

    View full Community Engagement Report

  • Comments Closed

    over 2 years ago

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the concept of leasing land for recreational purposes around the Warringah Aquatic Centre.

    Comments closed on 29 June.

    All comments will be considered and a summary of responses will be available on this project page shortly.

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the concept of leasing land for recreational purposes around the Warringah Aquatic Centre.

    Comments closed on 29 June.

    All comments will be considered and a summary of responses will be available on this project page shortly.

  • How can I be involved?

    over 2 years ago

    We are seeking feedback on our proposal to call for tenders to lease land adjacent to Warringah Aquatic Centre to construct, operate and maintain an indoor sporting facility.

    How can I provide feedback?


    Find out more at the drop in information sessions:
    • Thursday 11 June 2015 from 6pm to 8pm at the Civic Centre
    • Saturday 13 June 2015 from 11am to 1pm at Warringah Aquatic Centre

    Comments close Monday 29 June 2015

    For further information contact Kate Hanson on 9942 2111.

    We are seeking feedback on our proposal to call for tenders to lease land adjacent to Warringah Aquatic Centre to construct, operate and maintain an indoor sporting facility.

    How can I provide feedback?


    Find out more at the drop in information sessions:
    • Thursday 11 June 2015 from 6pm to 8pm at the Civic Centre
    • Saturday 13 June 2015 from 11am to 1pm at Warringah Aquatic Centre

    Comments close Monday 29 June 2015

    For further information contact Kate Hanson on 9942 2111.

  • Leases proposed for Warringah Aquatic Centre site

    over 2 years ago

    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 delivery of key community projects.

    View Mayoral Minute

    Council advertised for Public Private Partnership proposals in newspapers and through Tenderlink. Submissions closed 11 September 2014.

    Council evaluated the 22 submissions received in terms of community benefit and financial viability, with five concepts assessed as desirable to proceed.

    Two of these five concepts proposed the construction of

    • an indoor gymnastics centre and
    • an indoor sports court and education centre

    on land adjacent to the Warringah Aquatic Centre. These concepts were considered desirable due to the available land at the site and compatibility of indoor sport uses with the indoor aquatic centre.

    View Council Agenda 25 November 2014 - Item 7.3

    These proposals were discussed in detail with the Office of Local Government (OLG) and legal advice confirmed that the 2 concepts proposed for the WAC site could proceed as a lease agreement under the Crown Lands Act 1989, rather than a PPP.

    Based on this advice, Council resolved on 28 April 2015 to call for tenders to lease the land adjacent to the Warringah Aquatic Centre for the two concepts of an indoor gymnastics centre, and an indoor sports court and associated facilities.

    View Council Report 28 April 2015 (Item 7.2)

    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 delivery of key community projects.

    View Mayoral Minute

    Council advertised for Public Private Partnership proposals in newspapers and through Tenderlink. Submissions closed 11 September 2014.

    Council evaluated the 22 submissions received in terms of community benefit and financial viability, with five concepts assessed as desirable to proceed.

    Two of these five concepts proposed the construction of

    • an indoor gymnastics centre and
    • an indoor sports court and education centre

    on land adjacent to the Warringah Aquatic Centre. These concepts were considered desirable due to the available land at the site and compatibility of indoor sport uses with the indoor aquatic centre.

    View Council Agenda 25 November 2014 - Item 7.3

    These proposals were discussed in detail with the Office of Local Government (OLG) and legal advice confirmed that the 2 concepts proposed for the WAC site could proceed as a lease agreement under the Crown Lands Act 1989, rather than a PPP.

    Based on this advice, Council resolved on 28 April 2015 to call for tenders to lease the land adjacent to the Warringah Aquatic Centre for the two concepts of an indoor gymnastics centre, and an indoor sports court and associated facilities.

    View Council Report 28 April 2015 (Item 7.2)

  • Background

    over 2 years ago

    The Warringah Aquatic Centre (WAC) was opened in 1979. Nearly twenty years later, the Warringah Aquatic Centre Strategy Plan and Feasibility Assessment (HM Leisure Planning, 1997) recommended a major upgrade and redevelopment of the facility.

    Given the age of some of the centre’s current facilities and in recognition of the important role the centre plays in the community, Council prepared a Site Development Strategy.

    Extensive community engagement was conducted in preparing the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site Development Strategy. The community identified the need for indoor sports courts through engagement activities such as surveys of sporting clubs, schools, and WAC users; a telephone survey of the general community; drop-in sessions at the WAC; input from a Stakeholder Advisory Group; and an online forum on Your Say Warringah.

    The final Strategy proposed several options for development of the WAC to increase visitation, cater for a wider range of recreational activities, and to improve the Centre’s financial viability. The intial Masterplan included the concept for the construction of three multi-purpose indoor sports courts. The indoor sports courts would have been located on the land proposed to be leased.

    The Masterplan noted that private involvement through a Public Private Partnership was a potential method of achieving the outcomes recommended in the Masterplan, with Council having to provide minimal financial input to provide these new sporting facilities. Council resolved in September 2014 not to pursue the preferred option for the pool upgrade because funding was not available at that time.

    The Warringah Aquatic Centre (WAC) was opened in 1979. Nearly twenty years later, the Warringah Aquatic Centre Strategy Plan and Feasibility Assessment (HM Leisure Planning, 1997) recommended a major upgrade and redevelopment of the facility.

    Given the age of some of the centre’s current facilities and in recognition of the important role the centre plays in the community, Council prepared a Site Development Strategy.

    Extensive community engagement was conducted in preparing the Warringah Aquatic Centre Site Development Strategy. The community identified the need for indoor sports courts through engagement activities such as surveys of sporting clubs, schools, and WAC users; a telephone survey of the general community; drop-in sessions at the WAC; input from a Stakeholder Advisory Group; and an online forum on Your Say Warringah.

    The final Strategy proposed several options for development of the WAC to increase visitation, cater for a wider range of recreational activities, and to improve the Centre’s financial viability. The intial Masterplan included the concept for the construction of three multi-purpose indoor sports courts. The indoor sports courts would have been located on the land proposed to be leased.

    The Masterplan noted that private involvement through a Public Private Partnership was a potential method of achieving the outcomes recommended in the Masterplan, with Council having to provide minimal financial input to provide these new sporting facilities. Council resolved in September 2014 not to pursue the preferred option for the pool upgrade because funding was not available at that time.