Ordinary Council Meeting
15 March 2021
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Record No: SU5606 - 14075/21
Division: Lane Cove Council
Author(s): Councillor Pam Palmer
In recent days there have been reports in the press of environmental concerns about synthetic surfaces for sports fields. For our own community in Lane Cove, and particularly in Greenwich, I acknowledge there are concerns in relation to the Bob Campbell Oval Master Plan.
This Council has demonstrated its commitment to best environmental practice over many years. The recently completed Canopy development showcases these credentials. The new outdoor pool at the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre has reduced electricity consumption by 41% and water use by 61%.
It is heartening to see that our community shares this commitment to sustainability, including in regard to the future of Bob Campbell Oval.
Adopting the Master Plan is only the very first step in progressing improvements to the oval, amenities, parking and play equipment at Gore Creek Reserve.
We are still in the very early stages of the design.
Council’s next step is to conduct environmental studies and has engaged environmental consultants, Applied Ecology, for this purpose.
Secondly, I believe we also need to consider the recent feedback on synthetic surfaces from the Planning Minister, Rob Stokes.
Council is also aware of the recently adopted European environmental standards for synthetic fields. Council will commit to exceeding those standards.
Finally, Council committed at its December 2020 Meeting to consult with soil scientist Dr Mick Battam of AgEnviro Solutions Pty Ltd on “the methods, experience and outcomes of the composting of Sporting Ovals”. In fact, Council had already been speaking to Dr Battam. Council was also aware of Dr Battam’s 2016 report for titled “Playing Field Assessments”. The best outcome from his recommended “compost” application to a turf field is less than a 10% increase in player hours.
[Note: Lane Cove’s population has increased from 37,694 in 2016 to 40,155 in 2019 and is predicted to reach 46,311 by 2024, a total increase of 23%.]
Council will of course share the results of all this research with the community.
That Council :-
1. Reaffirms its resolution to provide the community with access to all Council’s plans, studies and reports in relation to implementation of the Bob Campbell Master Plan;
2. Write to Minister Stokes regarding our intentions and offer to provide him with the same information (as noted above); and
3. Acknowledge, in response to Council’s resolution of December 2020, that Council has been in discussions with Dr Battam regarding our options for an improved turf surface at Bob Campbell Oval.
Councillor Pam Palmer