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National Park is one of our city’s largest and oldest sportsgrounds and open space reserves

National Park Plan of Management

We’re developing a new Plan of Management to guide the long-term future of the site and want to hear from you.

National Park Plan of Management

Most Novocastrians have spent time at National Park, which is home to a range of community facilities including sportsgrounds, netball courts, croquet courts and greenspace. Tell us what you love about National Park, what needs improving and what you’d like to see here in the future. 

Get involved

There's a range of ways for you to have your say until 5pm Monday 7 December 2020.
Your input will help shape the Plan of Management, which will guide future use and management of the site.

Click here to take our survey

Take our survey to tell us how you use National Park and what you'd like to see there in the future.

Share your ideas on our interactive map

Drop a pin on our interactive map to tell us what you love about National Park, any areas you feel need to be addressed, and any changes you'd like to see in the future.

Project timeline

Frequently asked questions

Under the Local Government Act (1993) a Plan of Management is required for community land. Due to the size and use of National Park, this site has its own Plan of Management.  

The original Plan of Management was adopted in 2012, however the Plan requires updating to reflect recent works at the site, as well as accommodate planned or proposed works and refine future directions for the park’s management, development and use. 

All areas of the site including the recently developed greenspace and basketball courts located near the north-western corner of National Park, along with the athletics track, netball courts, six sports fields including No. 1 and No. 2 Sportsgrounds, netball courts and playground are included in the scope of the plan.  

As part of the review of the Plan of Management, Gondwana Consulting will also prepare a Landscape Masterplan for the northwest corner of the park (Smith and Parry Streets) which will provide future direction for the open space area between Parry and Smith Streets, previously occupied by tennis courts and Life without Barriers. 

City of Newcastle has engaged Gondwana Consulting (who also developed the 2012 Plan of Management) to develop a revised Plan of Management for National Park.  

Gondwana Consulting will be reviewing any recommendations in the Strategic Sports Plan (SSP) in relation to National Park. The SSP is due to be reported to Council on 8 December 2020. 

Throughout the development of the Plan of Management, City of Newcastle will be seeking community feedback to ensure it meets the needs of the community.  
 
Phase 1 Engagement will take place between 17 November and 7 December 2020, when City of Newcastle will invite community input into the process via survey, mapping tool and community drop-in sessions (subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Two key stakeholder workshops (invitation only) will be held during this time to allow for targeted feedback.  Following Phase 1, the draft Plan of Management will be developed for National Park. 
 
Phase 2 Engagement will see the draft Plan of Management placed on public exhibition in early 2021 for a period of 28 days, during which the community will be invited to provide input.   

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