Adopted by Council

23 Mar 2021

The Northern Beaches Community Centres Policy and Strategy will guide planning and management of our community centres over the next 20 years.

The draft policy and strategy were exhibited in late 2019 and adopted at the Council meeting held on Tuesday 23 March 2021.

View the Council Minutes (Item 10.1, pg. 9).

Your feedback

Thank you to those who provided a submission on the Draft Community Centres Strategy during the exhibition period between Friday 25 October and Sunday 8 December 2019.

Feedback received has been reviewed and the following themes were identified:

  • Locations.
  • Accessibility.
  • Cultural facilities.
  • Indigenous heritage.
  • Population data.
  • Strategic directions.
  • Affordability.
  • Alternative uses (i.e. indoor sport, live performance).

Creating connections and building a stronger community

The draft strategy exhibited through late 2019, identifies additional shared-use facilities and the integration of existing and future community centres into ‘community hubs’ as two key recommendations.

Areas addressed include:

  • current and future demand on existing facilities
  • future needs of a growing, more diverse population
  • need for additional floor space in key locations
  • refurbishment of existing facilities
  • options to establish district multipurpose community centres in Brookvale, Mona Vale, Frenchs Forest, Forestville, Warriewood, Mona Vale, Balgowlah and Manly.

Learn more about the proposed actions and implementation of the Strategy by downloading the Action Plan.

Community Centres proposal and action plan

Operational document to be reviewed every year.


Thanks to everyone who made a contribution. The strategy will be refined based on feedback received and present back to COuncil for edorsement in mid 2020

At its meeting of Tuesday 22 October Council endorsed the Draft Community Centre Strategy, Action Plan and Draft Policy for public exhibition.

View the:

Submissions closed Sunday 8 December 2019.

The report to Council for endorsement of the Draft Community Centre Strategy has been deferred until later this year.

The draft Community Centre Strategy will now be presented to Council for endorsement and public exhibition at the meeting being held on 27 August 2019.

Thank you for your patience as we finalise this important strategy.

We anticipate the Draft Community Centre Strategy will be presented to Council for public exhibition endorsement in July 2019.

The draft Community Centre Strategy is currently being finalised and is anticipated to be presented to Council mid-2019 for endorsement to proceed to public exhibition.

Thank you again for your input and interest in the Community Centre Strategy. The team is currently working with the consultant on the information collected and drafting recommendations for inclusion in a draft strategy.

In total 649 people were consulted during the first two stages of the project including:

  • 110 via a user survey
  • 407 via a telephone survey
  • 85 via an online public survey
  • 30 through focus groups and interviews
  • 17 Council officers

Additionally five pop-up information stalls were hosted in Mona Vale, Dee Why, Balgowlah, Forestville and Narrabeen.

This provided the team an opportunity to discuss the project and collect community thoughts and ideas for the Community Centre Strategy.

Thank you for your feedback.

Submissions on the Community Centre Strategy have now closed. We will keep you in the loop using this project webpage.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Stage 1 - Background research

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Stage 2 - Initial community engagement - Sep - Oct 2018

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Stage 3 - Analysis and Draft Strategy - Oct 2018 - Apr 2019

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Stage 4 - Draft Strategy on exhibition - Oct 2019

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Stage 5 - Report to Council for adoption - early 2021