Activate Ku-ring-gai, currently in development in Turramurra, St Ives, Gordon and Lindfield, is the Council’s long-term plan to revitalise some of our town centres. The program seeks to deliver new green spaces, libraries, community centres, town squares, new housing, dining and retail outlets.
Our long-term vision sees the area being transformed into a dynamic cluster of hubs. Here are the projected changes and how they might impact you.
The four Activate Ku-ring-gai centres in Turramurra, St Ives, Gordon and Lindfield provide a diverse mix of office, leisure and retail uses, support services and community facilities; in addition they are a focus for transport connections. Lindfield Village Green, for example, is now home to an array of shops and services along with a thriving cafe and dining scene. This is complemented by a contemporary residential development.
Our Community Strategic Plan - Our Ku-ring-gai 2038 ensures that “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. In conjunction, our one-year Operational Plan details the projects, programs and services that will be undertaken for the 2019-2020 year. Our Delivery Program 2018-2021 and Operational Plan 2019-2020 sets key achievements and tasks. This has included:
- Commencing construction of Lindfield Village Green
- Securing a development partner for Lindfield Village 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
- Preparing a Strategy to guide the delivery of libraries, community centres and cultural facilities across the LGA
Here, we engage 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 has three major projects delivering new parks and civic spaces, and a new library and community centre set within an array of shops, dining and entertainment. The current projects are:
- Lindfield Village Hub on the western edge of the local centre will comprise a green open space and community buildings that include 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 began on this project in early 2020
- 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.
Activate Turramurra comprises a diverse range of projects some of which have already been delivered:
- Cameron Park extension completed in early 2017
- Boyds Orchard Park completed in March 2020
- Turramurra Community Hub will deliver new open space, a town square, a new library and community centre set among contemporary retail environments.
Future projects will include streetscape improvements to Rohini Street and the Pacific Highway.
Activate Gordon 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, adjacent to the Gordon Bus Interchange on Henry Street, was upgraded in 2018.
Gordon Recreation Ground is being upgraded. The completed Stage 1 now has a fenced playground. Stage 2 is the refurbishment of the heritage-listed tennis pavilion and an amenities block, under construction in mid-202. Stage 3 will be the remaining landscaping works including new lighting, picnic shelters, accessible pathways and garden beds. Works will begin in November/December 2020.
- St Johns Avenue Improvements in April 2019, Council carried out a community engagement program for the design of St Johns Avenue, Gordon (between Gordon station and the Pacific Highway), including Henry Street and Heritage Square. It will activate the street as an outdoor dining destination with trees, wider footpaths, seating and better lighting. Construction is anticipated to begin early 2021.
- Wade Lane, Gordon in early 2020, the NSW Government designated this a high-pedestrian activity area. Council has worked with Transport for NSW to prepare designs for safety improvements and streetscape upgrades. With funding assistance from the government, Council will commence construction in early 2021.
- Werona Avenue in early 2020, the NSW Government designated Werona Avenue a high-pedestrian activity area. Council has worked with Transport for NSW to prepare designs for safety improvements and streetscape upgrades. With funding assistance from the government, Council will implement the first of the traffic calming measures in early 2021. Remaining improvements will be rolled out as funding becomes available; 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.
Activate St Ives
Activate St Ives involves the revitalisation and beautification of the St Ives local centre. Current and completed projects include:
- Putarri Reserve is an existing park close to recent high-density development that is currently being upgraded and will open to the public in the near future.
- Lapwing Reserve in Carcoola Road opened in 2016.
- St Ives Village Green staged works have commenced on the upgrade of this park in accordance with Council’s master plan. The first stage involves the relocation of a pedestrian crossing in Village Green Parade to provide safer access between the park and accessible parking. Construction of the new inclusive playground and skate park is anticipated to commence in the first half of 2020, subject to the outcome of Council's mandatory tendering processes. Upgrades of the existing amenities building and the Youth Centre and Community Hall will also be undertaken during 2020 to improve the overall condition and accessibility of these facilities in support of the new recreation precinct.
- Installation of 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.
Council has received a number of significant awards for the Activate Ku-ring-gai program: