Community feedback sought to help shape future of Rathmines Park
Major improvements and new features across the entire Rathmines Park precinct are central to draft Lake Macquarie City Council concept master plans for the site, now on public exhibition.
The plans, available online at shape.lakemac.com.au/Rathmines-park, include the former RAAF seaplane base and its surviving buildings, as well as sports grounds, parkland, playgrounds and the lake foreshore.
Recreation and Land Planning Coordinator Stephen Prince said Council was moving into its second phase of development for a Master Plan and Plan of Management for Rathmines Park.
“Last year we engaged the community to find out how they used the park, and to get their ideas about how we could improve the space into the future,” Mr Prince said.
“The outcomes from those engagement activities, as well as recommendations from our Conservation Management Plan adopted last year, have been used to inform the draft Concept Master Plans for the park.
“I encourage the community to view the accompanying Issues and Opportunities Paper, which outlines ideas within the draft Master Concept Plans.”
The draft concept plans include improvements to recreation and sports facilities, improved access, new landscaping and vegetation and enhanced interpretation of the site’s military and Aboriginal history.
An expanded youth hub would include a “substantially improved” skate/pump track and multipurpose court, with an opportunity to host food vans and an event stage.
Improved play facilities for children would include an interactive play space celebrating the area’s military and Aboriginal history.
A learn to ride track for young cyclists, outdoor fitness equipment and improved picnic facilities would be among the new features.
The draft plans also include a number of larger, potentially more complex projects including reinstatement of overnight RV camping and a Catalina aircraft hangar.
Mr Prince said the Concept Master Plans aimed to provide space for sporting, recreation and community group activities and events, while respecting, conserving and celebrating the site’s history and heritage.
“We would love to hear from the community about what it thinks of these initial ideas. Your feedback will help inform our priorities in the draft Master Plan and Plan of Management,” Mr Prince said.
Council will host two drop-in sessions on Thursday 5 March, with project staff on-site to provide further information and collect community feedback.
The drop-in sessions will be at Rathmines shops at from 12-2pm and from 3-5pm at Rathmines Park.
A community information session will follow, from 6-8pm at Catalina Conference Centre, Dorrington Rd. RSVPs for the session are essential.