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Sportsground Lighting Upgrade Project 2017/18

Council is upgrading sportsground lighting at a number of sites across the northern beaches.

Council is upgrading sportsground lighting at a number of sites across the northern beaches.

  • Project Update - 9 April 2018

    18 days ago

    Council licenses Tristram Reserve from the Department of Education and Training (DET) for use as a sportsground. On 14 March 2018, DET held a meeting at Beacon Hill Public School to discuss its position in relation to the lighting project. DET gave an undertaking that the questions and answers would be made publicly available on Council's Your Say page once completed.

    View the Q&A document.

    DET supports the objectives of the Sportsfield Strategy as a means to increase the capacity of Council’s sportsfields to meet the projected need of an additional 24 hectares by 2031. Installing lighting on existing, unlit fields is the most cost-effective approach to build capacity and meet the projected need for space.

    Other methods include; conversion of natural sportsfields to synthetic surfaces, converting other open space to sportsfields and purchasing of land.

    If the floodlighting upgrade is approved at Tristram Reserve, DET will work closely with the public school community.

    The conditions of consent for the original subdivision allow for the use of the area known as Tristram Reserve as a sportsfield, however the land is not a public reserve as defined under the Local Government Act 1993. Therefore State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 does not apply to this land and the low density residential zoning of the site allows for recreation areas including, sportsfield lighting.

    Council, pending feedback through the consultation period, will need to lodge a Development Application to install the lighting.


    Council licenses Tristram Reserve from the Department of Education and Training (DET) for use as a sportsground. On 14 March 2018, DET held a meeting at Beacon Hill Public School to discuss its position in relation to the lighting project. DET gave an undertaking that the questions and answers would be made publicly available on Council's Your Say page once completed.

    View the Q&A document.

    DET supports the objectives of the Sportsfield Strategy as a means to increase the capacity of Council’s sportsfields to meet the projected need of an additional 24 hectares by 2031. Installing lighting on existing, unlit fields is the most cost-effective approach to build capacity and meet the projected need for space.

    Other methods include; conversion of natural sportsfields to synthetic surfaces, converting other open space to sportsfields and purchasing of land.

    If the floodlighting upgrade is approved at Tristram Reserve, DET will work closely with the public school community.

    The conditions of consent for the original subdivision allow for the use of the area known as Tristram Reserve as a sportsfield, however the land is not a public reserve as defined under the Local Government Act 1993. Therefore State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 does not apply to this land and the low density residential zoning of the site allows for recreation areas including, sportsfield lighting.

    Council, pending feedback through the consultation period, will need to lodge a Development Application to install the lighting.


  • Thank you for your comments

    about 1 month ago

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to made a submission on sportsground lighting, including the new lights proposed for Tristram Road Reserve.

    Council is in the process of reviewing the comments and will keep you updated on the outcomes.

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to made a submission on sportsground lighting, including the new lights proposed for Tristram Road Reserve.

    Council is in the process of reviewing the comments and will keep you updated on the outcomes.

  • Community engagement update 7 March

    about 2 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback.

    We have clarified the approval pathway, on the basis that the site is not a public reserve, the proposed lighting will be assessed under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

    What does this mean?

    Council will lodge a development application to construct lighting at Tristram Oval. The consent authority is Council but Council’s practice is to refer development assessment of its own applications to an external consultant.

    Development applications are assessed based on the compliance of the proposed development to planning requirements.

    How does this effect consultation and the REF

    Council will continue to undertake the planned community engagement and still prepare a REF . The REF is a requirement of the Development Application.

    What further opportunities will this provide for comment

    Council had committed to exhibiting the draft REF to allow the community an opportunity for further comment prior to any Part 5 approval. With the change in development approval pathway, Council will follow the statutory process for DAs and the DA including the REF will be exhibited through that process. The notification process is managed by our Development Assessment team and is governed by regulations and adopted Council Policy.

    Updated proposed lighting design

    We have also revised the proposed lighting design to minimise light spill. See below links to the new documents to the document library:

    The public exhibition period for the installation of new lights at Tristram Road Reserve has also been extended until Sunday 25 March 2018.


    Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback.

    We have clarified the approval pathway, on the basis that the site is not a public reserve, the proposed lighting will be assessed under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

    What does this mean?

    Council will lodge a development application to construct lighting at Tristram Oval. The consent authority is Council but Council’s practice is to refer development assessment of its own applications to an external consultant.

    Development applications are assessed based on the compliance of the proposed development to planning requirements.

    How does this effect consultation and the REF

    Council will continue to undertake the planned community engagement and still prepare a REF . The REF is a requirement of the Development Application.

    What further opportunities will this provide for comment

    Council had committed to exhibiting the draft REF to allow the community an opportunity for further comment prior to any Part 5 approval. With the change in development approval pathway, Council will follow the statutory process for DAs and the DA including the REF will be exhibited through that process. The notification process is managed by our Development Assessment team and is governed by regulations and adopted Council Policy.

    Updated proposed lighting design

    We have also revised the proposed lighting design to minimise light spill. See below links to the new documents to the document library:

    The public exhibition period for the installation of new lights at Tristram Road Reserve has also been extended until Sunday 25 March 2018.


  • Community Engagement - update

    2 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who attended the community drop in session held at Tristram Road Reserve in Beacon Hill on Saturday 17 February 2018.

    As a result of this meeting, and a subsequent discussion with residents in the immediate local area surrounding the reserve, the frequently asked questions have been updated.

    We have added three new documents to the document library:

    The public exhibition period for the installation of new lights at Tristram Road Reserve has also been extended until Sunday 25 March 2018.

    Thank you to everyone who attended the community drop in session held at Tristram Road Reserve in Beacon Hill on Saturday 17 February 2018.

    As a result of this meeting, and a subsequent discussion with residents in the immediate local area surrounding the reserve, the frequently asked questions have been updated.

    We have added three new documents to the document library:

    The public exhibition period for the installation of new lights at Tristram Road Reserve has also been extended until Sunday 25 March 2018.

  • How to get involved

    3 months ago

    We’d like to hear your thoughts on the new lighting proposal for Tristram Reserve, Beacon Hill.

    We are seeking feedback on the Tristram Reserve Proposal as it is a new lighting scheme.

    Attend our drop in session at
    • Tristram Reserve - Ben Love Place, Beacon Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018 – 12noon to 2pm.
    Have your say on Tristram Reserve Lighting
    • Make an online submission
    • Make a written submission: To the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099, marked “Sportsground Lighting Tristram Reserve”
    If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

    Comments period extended - now closing Sunday 25 March 2018

    We’d like to hear your thoughts on the new lighting proposal for Tristram Reserve, Beacon Hill.

    We are seeking feedback on the Tristram Reserve Proposal as it is a new lighting scheme.

    Attend our drop in session at
    • Tristram Reserve - Ben Love Place, Beacon Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018 – 12noon to 2pm.
    Have your say on Tristram Reserve Lighting
    • Make an online submission
    • Make a written submission: To the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099, marked “Sportsground Lighting Tristram Reserve”
    If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

    Comments period extended - now closing Sunday 25 March 2018
  • Background

    3 months ago

    Council’s 2017 Northern Beaches Sportsgrounds Strategy includes a 15 year plan for developing sportsgrounds and facilities so community needs for more fields and new and improved facilities are met.

    Key strategic priorities include:
    • Upgrading existing sportsfield lighting to required standards, ensuring a consistent quality of lighting across all sportsgrounds.
    • Provision of new lighting on sportsfields without lights, to increase the hours fields are available for sport.

    Council has begun implementing the Strategy and in 2017/18 is planning the following improvements.

    • Upgrade sportsground lighting, to Australian Standards, at the following locations:
    - Forestville Park field 1, Forestville.
    - LM Graham Reserve sportsground, North Manly.
    - North Narrabeen Reserve fields 3 and 4, North Narrabeen.
    - Old Reub Hudson sportsfield, John Fisher Park, Curl Curl.
    - St Matthews Farm sportsground, Cromer.
    - Dee Why Oval field 1, Dee Why.
    • Install new lighting at Tristram Reserve sportsground, Beacon Hill.

    We are seeking feedback on the Tristram Reserve proposal, as it is a new scheme.

    Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage for further information.

    Council’s 2017 Northern Beaches Sportsgrounds Strategy includes a 15 year plan for developing sportsgrounds and facilities so community needs for more fields and new and improved facilities are met.

    Key strategic priorities include:
    • Upgrading existing sportsfield lighting to required standards, ensuring a consistent quality of lighting across all sportsgrounds.
    • Provision of new lighting on sportsfields without lights, to increase the hours fields are available for sport.

    Council has begun implementing the Strategy and in 2017/18 is planning the following improvements.

    • Upgrade sportsground lighting, to Australian Standards, at the following locations:
    - Forestville Park field 1, Forestville.
    - LM Graham Reserve sportsground, North Manly.
    - North Narrabeen Reserve fields 3 and 4, North Narrabeen.
    - Old Reub Hudson sportsfield, John Fisher Park, Curl Curl.
    - St Matthews Farm sportsground, Cromer.
    - Dee Why Oval field 1, Dee Why.
    • Install new lighting at Tristram Reserve sportsground, Beacon Hill.

    We are seeking feedback on the Tristram Reserve proposal, as it is a new scheme.

    Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage for further information.