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Onsite session Sat 7 Dec 10am - 12pm

Plateau Park: a historic site

Joseph Lade Pawsey MSc PhD (1908-1962) conducted Australia's first successful experiment to detect radio waves from the sun on 3 October 1945 at the Radar Station at Plateau Park, Collaroy Plateau. He then became the leader of CSIRO's Radiophysics Radio Astronomy Division from 1945 till his death in 1962.

The work of Joseph Pawsey has led to the development and commercialisation of modern technologies including wi-fi.

We’re proposing a playground upgrade and commemorative space to celebrate the site's history (as part of Council’s Playground Renewal Program).

View the draft Plateau Park Playspace Layout Plan and let us know what you think:

  • Complete the comment form below
  • In writing, marked 'Plateau Park Playground Upgrade and Commemorative Space', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655
  • Attend a fun onsite session on 7 Dec (see info below)

Comments close Sunday 15 December 2019

Learn more and have some fun

You are invited to attend an an onsite session to learn more about the history of Plateau Park and Council’s vision for the site, starting with the playspace.

  • Date: Saturday 7 December 2019
  • Time: 10am – 12pm.
  • Location: Plateau Park, Plateau Park (near the playground)
  • For the kids: We'll be running an interactive kite-making workshop for children during the session, come along and have some fun.
Plateau Park

Further information

In 2016, Northern Beaches Council endorsed the development of a commemorative space in Plateau Park to celebrate the local and international significance of the Plateau Park radar station from the war years to its threads as radio astronomical heritage in space exploration.

Project deliverables for 2019/20 include:

  • a playground upgrade featuring astronomy-themed elements
  • the installation of a commemorative space featuring a new shelter and seating, with important texts and historical information regarding the discovery of radio astronomy.

Outside the scope of this project, we're proposing future works for Plateau Park Reserve that are subject to funding and additional consultation.

We're also exploring art and community grants to fund additional commemorative space designs for the reserve.

View the draft Plateau Park Landscape Concept Plan.

Comment form

We need your help to finalise the plans for the playground upgrade and commemorative space designs in the Playspace Layout Plan.
What activities would you like included in the upgraded playground?
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