Activate Ku-ring-gai is a staged program of urban renewal spear-headed by council across the local centres of Ku-ring-gai.
The Program will lead to the implementation of ‘on-the-ground’ projects that will make a real difference to the quality, safety and amenity of these areas.
The Program is consistent with the Greater Sydney Commission’s North District Plan which seeks to sustain and support local centres to provide jobs, services and amenity.
Ku-ring-gai has four local centres, namely Turramurra, St Ives, Gordon and Lindfield.
These centres play a vital role in our local economy; they provide a diverse mix of office, leisure and retail uses, support services and community facilities; in addition they are a focus for transport connections. Higher density residential development adjacent to the centres has strengthened their role over recent years. In Lindfield a new mixed use development on Lindfield Avenue has introduced a contemporary retail environment to the area.
Revitalisation of the local centres was identified by residents a key issue during preparation of the Community Strategic Plan - Our Ku-ring-gai 2038 (pdf. 5MB). A long-term goal in the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is to ensure “Our centres offer a broad range of shops and services and contain lively urban village spaces and places where people can live, work, shop, meet and spend leisure time”.
All NSW councils are required to progress the achievement of their Community Strategic Plans through a Delivery Program, based around the term of a council. The Delivery Program outlines what Council intends to do during its term of office. Council’s statements of term achievements in the Delivery Program link directly back to the long term objectives contained in the Community Strategic Plan ‘Our Ku-ring-gai 2038’.
In conjunction with the Delivery Program, Council is also required to prepare a one year Operational Plan. This plan details the projects, programs and services that will be undertaken for the 2018 – 2019 year. Council’s Delivery Program 2018-2021 and Operational Plan 2018-2019 (pdf. 6MB) sets thirteen term achievements and tasks (page 65) related to revitalisation of the local centres, key amongst these are:
- Commencing construction of Lindfield Village Green;
- Securing a development partner for Lindfield Community Hub and the Turramurra Community Hub;
- Design and planning for new parks and streetscape improvements in the centres of Gordon, Lindfield and Turramurra;
- Continuing to plan for, and deliver, new parks; and
- Preparing a Strategy to guide the delivery of libraries, community centres and cultural facilities across the LGA.
A core component of this work involves actively engaging with residents, key agencies, landholders, businesses and other stakeholders.
Currently there are numerous projects in the program that have been delivered, or in the planning stage, across the four centres.
Activate Lindfield is currently focused on three major projects that will deliver new parks and civic spaces, and a new library and community centre set within a contemporary mixed use setting. The current projects are:
- Lindfield Village Hub will be located on the western edge of the local centre, the Hub will be a mix of green open space and community buildings including a library and community centre, coupled with new housing, dining and retail outlets;
- Lindfield Village Green will transform the existing Council-owned car park on Tryon Road into a new public space. Construction is due to commence in 2019; and
- Lindfield Village Living is a Council owned site situated between the Pacific Highway and the railway line making it ideal for high density residential housing.
New bins and mall seats have been installed along the streets within the centre by Council as part of the Litter Free Ku-ring-gai Program. Future projects are likely to include streetscape improvements to Lindfield Avenue and the Pacific Highway.
Activate Turramurra comprises a diverse range of projects some of which have already been delivered:
- Cameron Park extension is a new park that was completed in early 2017;
- New bins and mall seats have been installed along the streets within the centre by Council as part of the Litter Free Ku-ring-gai Program;
- Allan Avenue Reserve is a new park with construction due to commence in 2019; and
- Turramurra Community Hub is a major project that will deliver new open space, a town square, a new library and community centre set amongst contemporary retail environments.
Future projects are likely to include streetscape improvements to Rohini Street and the Pacific Highway.
Activate Gordon currently comprises completed work and work in progress:
- Gordon Civic Hub Master Plan will consider options for a new civic and cultural hub consisting of a multi-purpose community centre, an art and cultural centre, new Council administrative offices, a new park and public car park;
- Annie Forsyth Wyatt Garden is located adjacent to the Gordon Bus Interchange on Henry Street, Council completed an upgrade of the existing reserve in late 2018;
- Gordon Recreation Ground Landscape Masterplan was completed in 2018 and identifies priorities for improvement works to the park over the next 10 years; and
- New bins and mall seats have been installed along the streets within the centre by Council as part of the Litter Free Ku-ring-gai Program.
In addition to the above a new transport interchange and commuter car park was completed in 2015 by Transport for NSW. Council worked closely with the government to ensure the project met community expectations.
In the near future council will be commencing community engagement on future designs for St Johns Avenue, Gordon (adjoining the rail station).
Activate St Ives
Activate St Ives involves the revitalisation and beautification of the St Ives local centre. Current and completed projects include:
In 2018 Council formed a separate unit to manage the planning and development process for Activate Ku-ring-gai projects. The Unit provides a specialist skills base to deliver major projects within Council.
The governance structure reflects a level of oversight and governance necessary to progress projects that will revitalise the town centres in the Ku-ring-gai area.
Major Projects Steering Committee
This committee includes members of senior Council management. This internal group meets fortnightly, or as specified to review the project and key reports.
Major Projects Advisory Committee
The composition of the Advisory Committee is a group of four committee members with experience relevant to the planning and delivery of major projects.
This includes expertise in the following areas:
- Property development and land economics;
- Commercial arrangements between public and private sectors, including property development and major assets; and
- Risk management and probity requirements in property development.
The Advisory Committee meets quarterly or as required. It provides external oversight of the project and key reports.
Lindfield Village Hub Community Reference Committee
The Lindfield Village Hub Community Reference Committee is composed of seven community representatives, the Mayor and Councillors. The Committee considers the project communication and engagement, place making, environmental sustainability, planning and design outcomes, service delivery and social procurement. The Committee is not scoped to review any matter which is considered commercial in confidence. The Committee meets quarterly or as required.
Ordinary Meeting of Council
All major project decisions are directed to Council for Resolution via the governance process outlined above.
Council has received a number of significant awards for the Activate Ku-ring-gai program: