TRRA have covered this issue at length in reports to General Meetings and in the report of the controversial 28 July 2015 Council Meeting when it was on the agenda with other contentious issues. This is how we presented the report at our last TRRA Meeting:
This project is in the center of Raymond Terrace township, but the way it has been promoted, funded, and implemented by the Mayor and his supporting Councillors, has major implications for the whole LGA, the future of parks, open space, tree preservation, children s playgrounds, the Men’s Shed movement, aged housing, Heritage etc. It is yet another example of the rampant crony capitalism, with the usual mates looking after mates behavior, that has dominated this term of Council since it was elected in 2012.
Description: Port Stephens Council – Boomerang Park – Raymond Terrace
Boomerang Park is a large expanse of parkland covering over 50 acres and is located opposite St Brigids Catholic Church on Irrawang Street, Raymond Terrace. This parkland area is set on a former site of a local quarry which furnished the sandstone for many of the early buildings in Raymond Terrace. Located on the opposite side of the park ‘Elizabeth Street Side’ is the historic Pioneer Cemetery with graves dating back to the early 1800’s. Current Facilities:Public Amenities, Barbeque & Picnic Facilities, Play Equipment, Sporting Fields utilised for hockey and dog obedience trials
The draft master plan proposes additional facilities such as playground, skate park, men’s shed, fitness trail, pathway and landscaping improvements. The proposal also recommends that a 4.5 hectare portion of the park is reclassified and rezoned as residential to provide income which will act as a funding source for the proposed facilities. The proposal has been publicly exhibited as detailed in the Council report with 18 submissions being received.
The letter above covers the major concerns that TRRA has about this project.
- Lack of proper community consultation and process and the rejection of the majority of submissions received.
- Rezoning 4.5 hectares of public open space for residential housing to fund the project.
- Environmental, tree preservation, Koala habitat considerations, heritage and cultural significance.
- Failure to respect the integrity of the original 2000 Plan Of Management.
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Recent Revelations and Developments:
Seniors Living Proposal?
Boomerang Park Media:
Examiner 11 February 2014: Park master plan on drawing board
Examiner 11 February 2014: Boomerang Park sale floated to fund community hub
Examiner 18 February 2014: Park worth enhancing
Examiner 25 February 2014: Part of Boomerang Park ‘under-utilised’
Examiner 14 April 2015: Boomerang Park Vision Unveiled By Mayor
Examiner 18 June 2014: Playground kick starts $4m Boomerang Park makeover
Examiner 06 August 2014: Shed for men, house for kids in Raymond Terrace raffle
Examiner 19 November 2014: Opposition to housing in Boomerang Park
Examiner 26 November 2014: Council pushes forward with Boomerang Park plan
Newcastle Herald 26 November 2014: Parkland masterplan approved as well as opposed
Examiner 02 December 2014: Is your park next to go?
Examiner 09 December 2014: Boomerang Park ours
Examiner 06 January 2015: Park should not be sold
Examiner 18 February 2015: Boomerang Park Rezoning may return to bite
Newcastle Herald 22 February: Rochelle Flood stands for Greens in Port Stephens
Examiner 25 February 2015: Senator Attacks Park Developers
Examiner 17 March 2015: Save Boomerang Park for the next generation
Newcastle Herald 23 March 2015: Group fighting Boomerang Park sale plan
Examiner April 10 2015: Boomerang Park must remain in public hands
Examiner 12 May 2015: Kate Washington delivers maiden speech to parliament
Examiner 17 May 2015: Neighbour knows better
Examiner 14 April 2015: Boomerang Park vision unveiled by Port Stephens mayor
Examiner 03 March 2015: Boomerang must remain
Examiner 19 May 2015: Lobbysts happy with Park Result
ABC News 1 June 2015: Residents concerned over plans to rezone Community Park
Examiner 07 July 2015: Work on Boomerang Park playground set to start at end of July
Examiner Letter: 21 July 2015: Playground site baffles
Examiner 29 July 2015: First stage of park rezoning approved
Newcastle Herald 28 July 2015: Chaos reigns at Port Stephens Council meeting
Examiner Letter 29 July 2015: Boomerang Park is part of our heritage
Newcastle Hwerald 31 July 2015: Port needs fresh start
NBN News 02 August 2015: Residents Rally Against rezoning
Examiner 04 August 2015: Tree felling an ‘act of vandalism’
Examiner 04 August 2015: Boomerang plan worth grabbing
Examiner 01 September 2015: Boomerang Park will get 7m-tall Men’s Shed
Examiner 08 September 2015: Shed excessive
Examiner 17 September 2015: Men’s Shed way too big