District Park (North Manly) Lease and Development

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 Update - 7 November 2018

    about 1 month ago

    Council is proposing to develop a new concept for a multi-sports facility at District Park that will provide greater community benefit including additional facilities such as more indoor sports courts and community space.

    Council is now planning to take the lead on the project following the withdrawal due to commercial reasons of Arena REIT, the top ranked tenderer that was seeking to upgrade the facilities.

    More information

    Council is proposing to develop a new concept for a multi-sports facility at District Park that will provide greater community benefit including additional facilities such as more indoor sports courts and community space.

    Council is now planning to take the lead on the project following the withdrawal due to commercial reasons of Arena REIT, the top ranked tenderer that was seeking to upgrade the facilities.

    More information

  • Project Update - 6 Sep 2018

    3 months ago

    At a reconvened Council Meeting on 4 September 2018, Council acknowledged the significant community engagement on this project over a number of years and voted to decline to accept all tenders and negotiate with the top ranked tenderer, Arena REIT as the closest to fulfilling Council’s service expectations.

    You can see the full resolution and updated information on the Council webpage.


    At a reconvened Council Meeting on 4 September 2018, Council acknowledged the significant community engagement on this project over a number of years and voted to decline to accept all tenders and negotiate with the top ranked tenderer, Arena REIT as the closest to fulfilling Council’s service expectations.

    You can see the full resolution and updated information on the Council webpage.


  • Project update - August 2018

    3 months ago

    Following an Expression of Interest (EOI) process in 2017, a public request for tender for a new sport and community facility and long term lease of existing facilities (including Golf Course) at District Park was issued to find the best solution for the precinct.

    At its meeting on 26 June 2018, Council declined to accept any of the tenders received. Instead, Council resolved to enter into negotiations with the top ranked tenderer, Arena REIT Management Limited, and if those negotiations are unsuccessful, subsequently with the second ranked tenderer, Tennis NSW Limited.


    At the Council meeting this week, on Tuesday 28 August, the Council rescinded this resolution and will further consider tenders at a meeting next week, on Tuesday 4 September.


    The tender process facilitates a consolidated lease. It is about delivering a great sports and recreation outcome for the community. There is no privatisation, selling off or putting residential development on the site. This is public land and it will remain in public ownership.


    Following an Expression of Interest (EOI) process in 2017, a public request for tender for a new sport and community facility and long term lease of existing facilities (including Golf Course) at District Park was issued to find the best solution for the precinct.

    At its meeting on 26 June 2018, Council declined to accept any of the tenders received. Instead, Council resolved to enter into negotiations with the top ranked tenderer, Arena REIT Management Limited, and if those negotiations are unsuccessful, subsequently with the second ranked tenderer, Tennis NSW Limited.


    At the Council meeting this week, on Tuesday 28 August, the Council rescinded this resolution and will further consider tenders at a meeting next week, on Tuesday 4 September.


    The tender process facilitates a consolidated lease. It is about delivering a great sports and recreation outcome for the community. There is no privatisation, selling off or putting residential development on the site. This is public land and it will remain in public ownership.


  • Project Update - tender now open

    12 months ago

    The Expression of Interest (EOI) was released on Tuesday 12 September 2017 and closed on Tuesday 26th September 2017.

    The new Council have been briefed on the recently closed EOI and the 'District Park Leases and Sport and Community Facility' second stage tender.

    The second stage tender has now been released and will be open on Tenderlink between Friday 15 December 2017 and Thursday 8 March 2018.

    The lease will be for a minimum of twenty years (subject to Council approval) and up to thirty years, which would require both Council and Ministerial approval.

    The outcomes of the tender process will be reported to Council in 2018.

    The Expression of Interest (EOI) was released on Tuesday 12 September 2017 and closed on Tuesday 26th September 2017.

    The new Council have been briefed on the recently closed EOI and the 'District Park Leases and Sport and Community Facility' second stage tender.

    The second stage tender has now been released and will be open on Tenderlink between Friday 15 December 2017 and Thursday 8 March 2018.

    The lease will be for a minimum of twenty years (subject to Council approval) and up to thirty years, which would require both Council and Ministerial approval.

    The outcomes of the tender process will be reported to Council in 2018.
  • Project update

    over 1 year ago

    Following the adoption of the District Park Plan of Management in late 2015, the former Warringah Council was preparing to go to tender to consolidate the three key leased areas in District Park - being the Warringah Golf Course, the North Manly Bowling Club and the Warringah Recreation Centre - into the one lease including the construction of a new sports and community building.

    This process was placed on hold in September 2016 in order to undertake a Council wide detailed review of our long term sportsground needs to ensure the best future use of these sites for the community.

    The review process is now complete and the Sportsgrounds Strategy was adopted by Council on 25 July 2017. At the same time the Administrator supported a long term minimum 20 year consolidated lease via a two stage Tender process. The future use of the northern end of District Park features strongly within the strategy.

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    As a result
    • The southern half of the Golf Course will have a minimum 20 year lease as a nine hole course
    • The northern half of the Golf Course will now be on a connected five year lease with Council lease extension options in years 2022,2027,2032
    Now that the Sportsgrounds Strategy has been set, the tender process will re-commence consistent with the Strategy, noting that in this hold period the three leases were extended for operational business reasons, as follows:
    • Manly Leagues Club North Manly (formerly the North Manly Bowling Club) – lease expires 31 August 2018
    • Warringah Recreation Centre – lease expires 31 August 2018
    • Warringah Golf Course – lease expires 31 August 2019
    Council on Tuesday 2 August issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) which will close on Tuesday 12 September 2017. The EOI scope includes leasing land over:
    • The existing bowling club (Manly Leagues Club North Manly) site;
    • The existing Warringah Recreation Centre;
    • The existing Warringah golf course lease area, noting that to provide greater flexibility for Council and the community there will be a connected lease for the northern nine (9) holes that will be on an initial term of up to five years, with extension options at the discretion of Council in the years 2022, 2027 and 2032; and
    • The requirement to construct and operate a new Sports and Community Facility within the leased area.
    A Council update will be presented before commencing the second stage tender process.

    Following the adoption of the District Park Plan of Management in late 2015, the former Warringah Council was preparing to go to tender to consolidate the three key leased areas in District Park - being the Warringah Golf Course, the North Manly Bowling Club and the Warringah Recreation Centre - into the one lease including the construction of a new sports and community building.

    This process was placed on hold in September 2016 in order to undertake a Council wide detailed review of our long term sportsground needs to ensure the best future use of these sites for the community.

    The review process is now complete and the Sportsgrounds Strategy was adopted by Council on 25 July 2017. At the same time the Administrator supported a long term minimum 20 year consolidated lease via a two stage Tender process. The future use of the northern end of District Park features strongly within the strategy.

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    As a result
    • The southern half of the Golf Course will have a minimum 20 year lease as a nine hole course
    • The northern half of the Golf Course will now be on a connected five year lease with Council lease extension options in years 2022,2027,2032
    Now that the Sportsgrounds Strategy has been set, the tender process will re-commence consistent with the Strategy, noting that in this hold period the three leases were extended for operational business reasons, as follows:
    • Manly Leagues Club North Manly (formerly the North Manly Bowling Club) – lease expires 31 August 2018
    • Warringah Recreation Centre – lease expires 31 August 2018
    • Warringah Golf Course – lease expires 31 August 2019
    Council on Tuesday 2 August issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) which will close on Tuesday 12 September 2017. The EOI scope includes leasing land over:
    • The existing bowling club (Manly Leagues Club North Manly) site;
    • The existing Warringah Recreation Centre;
    • The existing Warringah golf course lease area, noting that to provide greater flexibility for Council and the community there will be a connected lease for the northern nine (9) holes that will be on an initial term of up to five years, with extension options at the discretion of Council in the years 2022, 2027 and 2032; and
    • The requirement to construct and operate a new Sports and Community Facility within the leased area.
    A Council update will be presented before commencing the second stage tender process.
  • Project On Hold

    almost 2 years 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

    over 2 years 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

    over 2 years 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?

    over 2 years 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

    over 2 years 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.