- Council holds a public meeting on 15 February 2018 to inform the community about the status of Callan Park’s future. A report about the meeting is scheduled for Council’s 13 March 2018 meeting.
- The NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is developing a ‘Landscape Infrastructure Plan’ for Callan Park. Council calls on OEH to publish the process for community input into the Plan including the timeline.
- OEH informs Council it will not support a skate park in the current proposed location near the Ambulance Headquarters at Callan Park. They are considering other, less appropriate, locations within the park.
Callan Park is large parkland at Iron Cove in Lilyfield. At over 60 hectares and equivalent to the size of the Sydney Botanical Gardens, Callan Park is one of the largest and most regionally significant public facilities in Sydney’s inner west. Built as an enlightened hospital for the insane in 1885, it has a number of exceptional heritage buildings.
Callan Park Master Plan
Callan Park is owned and managed by the NSW State Government. Master planning of the site is a state government responsibility however the former Leichhardt Council took on this challenge as a result of many previous unsuccessful state government attempts. After 18 months of community consultation Leichhardt Council in 2011 adopted a Master Plan for the site. The State Government however has not adopted the Master Plan.
Inner West Council
In October 2017, one of the first acts of the newly elected Inner West Council was to adopt a policy position in support of the establishment of a Callan Park Trust to govern the site and the implementation of the Callan Park Master Plan (October 2017).
Council also called on the State Government to approve a fully-funded skate park in Callan Park and bring forward the $2 million upgrade of Waterfront Drive playing fields.
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said six years after the former Leichhardt Council submitted the award-winning Callan Park Master Plan to the NSW State Government, Callan Park is still facing demolition by neglect.
“We are committed to a future for the site that protects its open space and heritage, provides space for recreation, and develops health, community and education facilities,” he said.
19 February 2018 – State Government backflips on Callan Park Skate Park
6 February 2018 – Meeting to outline the future of Callan Park
31 October 2017 – Council awaits government green light on Waterfront Oval upgrade
18 October 2017 – Council pushes ahead with Callan Park recreation plans
4 April 2017 – Callan Park Master Plan awaits green light
23 March 2017 – New Plans developed for Callan Park Skate Park
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