Waitara Park big winner in operational plan

Posted: Sunday 16 April, 2017

Hornsby Shire Council has released for public comment its draft 2017/18 operational plan, outlining the proposed budget for the coming financial year.

By far the biggest winner this time around is Waitara Park, with $6 million to be spent on a major redevelopment of the site.

Deputy Mayor Michael Hutchence chaired last night’s Council meeting, where the draft plan was adopted, as Acting Mayor.

“There are many parks and playgrounds throughout the Shire that are being upgraded this year, but there’s no doubt that it’s Waitara Park’s turn for special treatment,” Acting Mayor Hutchence said.

“This is delivering on the plan of management for Waitara Park that was adopted in 2015, which is aiming to increase the usage of the park.

“It will remain one of our Shire’s great sportsgrounds, particularly with Mark Taylor Oval, but we’re going to further broaden its usefulness.”

The upgrade of Waitara Park will include a range of new features, including a building for indoor recreation, a plaza area and a large inclusive playground.

The tennis courts will also be relocated and designed in a way that will allow them to be used for other sports if the demand arises in the future.

“The upgrade for Waitara Park is just one of the many proposals that are on display in next financial year’s draft operational plan,” Acting Mayor Hutchence said.

“It includes a wide range of infrastructure projects and I urge all residents to take a look at it.”

The draft operational plan will be available for public comment until 15 May. You can view it at hornsby.nsw.gov.au/operationalplan

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