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To: Bayside Council

Banksia's Gardiner Park doesn't need Fake Grass

Banksia's Gardiner Park doesn't need Fake Grass

Bayside Council are negotiating with Polytan Asia Pacific Pty Ltd to install synthetic grass on the local heritage park in Banksia. There are no plans on the Bayside website, no community consultation and no reports on car parking or an arborists report. Bayside needs to stop negotiations and rescind the motion to carry out this change and listen to the community.

Why is this important?

Gardiner Park is small in comparison to other playing fields in the Bayside area. The park is being overused by the local soccer team and the grass is damaged. A magical $10million was gifted from NSW Government to build synthetic fields at Arncliffe and Gardiner Parks. There are no plans and no consultation. The cricket team were ignored and so are the local residents. Sign this to stop work starting in Mid August 2020.

Reasons for signing

  • For the past 2 decades there has been blatant creeping appropriation of open space sports fields by Soccer. Not more than 1km from Gardiner Park Bayside Council has built an artificial turf soccer field at Arncliffe. I do not support the destruction of natural grass sports field surfaces for artificial turf for the convenience of one sport. Soccer is a sport business and it stands to reason a vote getter for some Councillor's and State MP's.
  • Bayside Council need to follow the regulations of the EPA Act 1979 and should have undertaken an Environmental Impact Assessment. They haven’t..... Signing this petition will hopefully make them tell us why??
  • Synthetic turf is far hotter in summer and would make it more unbearable in the summer as it creates a heat island compared to real vegetation.


2020-08-01 16:00:20 +1000

In 5 days the petition is at 150 signatures. Excellent work everyone for this response. We have visited Bayside Council and asked for an Environmental Impact Statement. These should be done and exhibited before any construction. It is possible they are exempt from exhibiting under the Priority Precincts Plan but hard to find definite answers. Council are preparing an environment plan, as of yesterday I had a convo with them, and it is two weeks away from completion. However you have to put in a request to see this. More secretive behaivour from Council. Voice your concerns with Council. The more people who call, visit or email the better. thanks heaps everyone.

2020-07-31 10:57:53 +1000

Thanks everyone for the responses. The pressure is mounting on Bayside Council as they see the consequences of not providing community consultation, in fact nothing, except a press release a few weeks ago.

We encourage you to visit or call Bayside Council and ask about Gardiner Park plans, environment impact statements or anything supporting good old-fashioned communication with ratepayers.

2020-07-28 20:12:59 +1000

100 signatures reached

2020-07-27 21:39:15 +1000

The petition went up today and already we have over 50 signatures. I want to add that this is not about playing soccer. Banksia Tigers have a future opportunity at Barton Park and the plans are already on the Bayside website. There will be 4 x synthetic fields, amenities and car parking. If the work starts in a few weeks the park will be shut down until mid 2021 and the only space will be the hills and upper areas. Already we are using our parks more in these uncertain times. Now is not the time to shut down a park and build something that will be duplicated in another part of Banksia.

2020-07-27 21:25:04 +1000

50 signatures reached

2020-07-27 18:43:49 +1000

25 signatures reached

2020-07-27 14:11:29 +1000

10 signatures reached