Community consultation occurred between Monday 3 October and Monday 7 November 2022, for the Mary Street Reserve Master plan

  • Upgrading Mary Street Reserve to improve the character and recreational opportunities in the local area, and deal with the increasing demands of the future.

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The community engagement process

Below is a snapshot of the community engagement activities and promotions


Questions asked during the consultation covered a range of topics including:


Look and Feel

Key topics with ideas/concerns:

  • Concerns

    • Not welcoming
    • Regular maintenance
    • Space is not friendly
    • Traffic
  • Feel

    • Inviting
    • Accessible
    • Calming
    • Community friendly
    • Community space for all ages
    • Contemplative
    • Contemporary
    • Dogs
    • Environmental
    • Exploration
    • Family friendly
    • Flow
    • Green
    • Natural
    • Nature
    • Quiet
    • Recreation
    • Remembrance
    • Safe
    • Shaded
    • Simple
    • Stimulating
    • Sustainable
    • Durable
  • Ideas

    • Bushier foliage/garden beds/flowering plants
    • Sound dampening
    • BBQ area
    • Add bins
    • Add street art
    • Canopy trees
    • Community garden
    • Dog fencing
    • Dog obstacle course
    • Frontage upgrade
    • Lighting
    • Market
    • Native vegetation
    • No off-lead areas
    • Open park/garden
    • Remove fencing
    • Retain mature trees
    • Safety fencing
    • Sensory plants
    • Sustainable planting
    • Add tables and seating
    • Update fencing
    • Update playground
    • Update sports court

Access and carparking

Key topics with ideas/concerns:

  • Access

    • Multiple pedestrian access/exit points
    • Better access for the elderly and mobility impaired
    • Removal of fencing
    • Retention of fencing
  • Active transport

    • Bike facilities
    • Encourage active transport
  • Carpark

    • Add street parking
    • Access is difficult
    • Currently suitable
    • Not suitable for purpose
    • Not enough carparking
    • Need off street accessible car parking
    • Reduce carpark size
    • Remove carpark
    • Retain carpark
  • Layout and improvements

    • Improve the carpark
    • More functional layout
    • More open green spaces
    • No improvements that disrupt current community facilities
    • Add a pedestrian zebra crossing
    • Remove driveway
    • Repair driveway
  • Traffic concerns

    • Slow down traffic
    • Rat running

Recreation and spaces to relax

Key topics with ideas/concerns:

  • Concerns

    • Traffic concerns
    • Not enough space to relax
    • Currently barren and boring
    • Waste management
  • Ideas/updates

    • Add bins
    • BBQ area
    • Community garden
    • Dog friendly
    • Dog off lead area
    • Safety fencing
    • Green space
    • Add Lighting
    • Market
    • Modernise/update playground
    • Multi-age play equipment
    • Open space
    • Opportunity for events/ other community groups
    • Add Outdoor gym
    • Onsite power
    • Remove fencing
    • Retain/update sports court
    • Add Tables and seating
    • Add Toilets
    • Onsite water
    • Add Water fountains
    • Shade needed/ add shelters

Landscaping and canopy

Key topics with ideas/concerns:

  • Concerns

    • Maintenance needed
    • Area needs attention
  • Spaces

    • Accessible space
    • Revitalise the space
    • Enhance/preserve/improve green space
    • Event spaces
    • Sporting spaces
    • Contemplation spaces
    • Family friendly spaces
    • Maximise lawn spaces
  • Ideas and additions

    • Add street parking
    • Access is difficult
    • Currently suitable
    • Not suitable for purpose
    • Not enough carparking
    • Need off street accessible car parking
    • Reduce carpark size
    • Remove carpark
    • Retain carpark
  • Trees and planting

    • Shade needed
    • Flowering plants/bright foliage
    • Increase canopy
    • Child friendly/safe
    • Dog friendly/safe
    • Keep mature trees
    • Fruit trees
    • Native vegetation/trees
    • Sustainable planting
    • Increase planting

Other issues and concerns

Key topics with ideas/concerns:

  • Ideas and additions

    • Open green space
    • Add bins
    • Future considerations
    • Reduce sports court
    • Event space
    • onsite power
    • toilets
    • Good canopy cover
    • Add amenities - tables and seating
    • Market space
    • Accessible space
    • Community garden
    • Good lighting
    • Increase shade
    • Remove asbestos
    • Open bowling green to public
    • Improve carpark
    • Improve the space
    • Upgrade playground
  • Other concerns

    • Various concerns from current users of the space and how upgrades may affect future usage.

Ideas workshop

Activity 1 - Theme mapping

  • Like

    • Mature trees
    • Sports court
    • ANZAC pine/heath in memorial garden
    • Playground
    • Green space
    • Trees/Natural play elements
    • Bowling green space
  • Dislike

    • Events - permit needs/not affordable
    • No lighting/lack of lighting
    • Asbestos
    • Fences unsafe/outdated
    • Playground outdated
    • Different levels on site
    • Gun in veterans reserve
    • Sports court outdated
    • Segmented space
    • Too many hard surfaces
    • Lack of toilets
    • Lack of bins
    • Lack of RSL access from Mary Street
    • Criminal activity
    • Potholes on site
    • Lack of seating
    • Driveway safety concerns
    • Two separate carparks
    • Motorcycle club is closed off
    • Traffic concerns
  • Remove

    • Remove internal carparks/assess amount needed
    • Remove motorcycle club
    • Remove disconnecting fences
    • Remove Asbestos
  • Add

    • Storm water harvesting
    • Outdoor kitchen
    • Tree grove - fruit trees
    • Small community building
    • Garden beds
    • Community garden
    • Green visual buffer
    • Space for sports
    • Improved playground
    • Better landscaping
    • Sheltered area and BBQ
    • Additional seating and bins

Activity 2 - Look and feel

Participants were asked to place coloured dots on items to indicate whether they liked or disliked the images for ideas at Mary Street Reserve.