Consultation & Participation

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Make this 'your plan'

Leichhardt Council’s brief to McGregor Coxall called for robust and ongoing community participation in the Master Planning process. Callan Park ‘your plan’ gives you a direct and significant role in decision making during this project. This site will remain open until Council approves the community’s preferred Master Plan.

To reach that point involves 6 important stages:

Stage 1: Identifying the main Issues and Opportunities
As a result of the issues and opportunities identified by the community in Stage 1, the draft Project Principles were developed using the five objects of the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002 as a framework.

Stage 2: Establishing the draft project principles
As a result of community feedback to the draft Project Principles, two were refined to better express a community desire for synergies between health, community and education uses that can contribute to wellbeing.

Stage 3: Finalising and agreeing the project principles
We'll make suggestions based on your issues and expectations and ask you tell us if we're on the right track using the Character Collage to balance the sometimes conflicting design choices that will define the future character of Callan Park.

Stage 4: Assessing potential Master Plan options
We’ll ask you to review several options for potential plans and assess whether they address community priorities.

Stage 5: Finalising the Master Plan
We’ll test your preferred options against financial models, and if it’s necessary to modify your preferred options we’ll again ask you to give us feedback on our suggestions.

Stage 6: Master Plan Exhibition
Council will exhibit the community’s preferred Master Plan for final endorsement.




Stakeholder engagement

The Leichhardt Council tender documentation requested wide ranging stakeholder engagement. The extraordinary community participation in this website and the community workshops is a direct result of designing a multi-faceted engagement process in response to Council's brief.

Since the Master Plan process began on June 10, this website has received almost 40,000 page views from 3,600 unique visitors and close to 1,000 visitors have become registered users. Hundreds of people have contributed to community workshops and online surveys. The Mental Health Workshop was attended by interested professionals and individuals, by mental health consumers, and by the key mental health consumer groups including the MHCC, ARAFMI and NSW CAG. In total so far, the community as generated more than 2,000 individual contributions to the team’s understanding of Callan Park and community aspirations for its future.

As part of the Master Plan, McGregor Coxall was asked schedule a series of meetings in addition to the public community workshops. The purpose of these meetings was to ensure that organisations, groups and representatives with an ongoing interest in Callan Park could receive information and offer feedback to the Master Plan. It is accepted best practice to consult with stakeholder groups and organisations with a legal established presence at Callan Park and the master plan team will consider all inputs in an objective manner.

At the end of August, the following meetings have been held as part of this wide ranging consultation and engagement process.

Monday 5 July: Friends of Callan Park
Purpose: to inform the Friends of Callan Park of the structure of the Master Plan process, including the web based consultation process and the proposed meetings with other organisations and stakeholders.

Issues raised and discussed:
- Description of the activities and services carried out on Callan Park
- The Callan Park (special Provisions) Act 2002
- Mental health history of the site
- The consultation process

Tuesday 6 July – Existing lease and landholders
Purpose: to inform this group of the structure of the Master Plan process, including the web based consultation process and the proposed meetings with other organisations and stakeholders.

Issues raised and discussed:
- Description of the activities and services carried out on Callan Park
- Interpretations The Callan Park (special Provisions) Act 2002
- Parking
- Making submissions during the process

Monday 19 July – Leichhardt sporting groups
Purpose: to inform this group of the structure of the Master Plan process, including the web based consultation process and the proposed meetings with other organisations and stakeholders and to learn how local sporting groups currently use Callan Park.

Issues raised and discussed:
- The inability of most sporting representatives to attend workshops on Saturdays
- The lack of sports field within the Leichhardt LGA
- The sporting calendars of the groups present
- Making submissions during the process

Tuesday 20 July – Update to Leichhardt Councillors
Purpose: to provide local elected representatives with an update on the progress of the Master Plan, and feedback on emerging issues and participation.

Issues raised and discussed:
- An update on the process where we are and whats next
- Community participation and workshops
- Importance of Mental Health services on Callan Park

Wednesday 21 July – Friends of Callan Park
Purpose: to provide the Friends of Callan Park with a preview of the Draft Mental Health Discussion Paper.

Issues raised and discussed:
- Mental Health

Agreement on the five areas of focus for mental health services on Callan Park:
- Health & Lifestyle
- Vocation & Social
- Residential
- Information & Support
- Education, Training & Research

Monday 9 August – The Hon. Verity Firth MP
Purpose: to provide the local member an update on the progress of the Master Plan, the emerging issues and community participation.

Issues raised and discussed:
- Community participation and workshops
- The Bay Run

Tuesday 10 August - Existing lease and landholders
Purpose: to provide an update and to hear presentations about current operations at Callan Park.

Issues raised and discussed:
- Mental Health
- Community participation and workshops
- Presentations about current operations
- Summary of Culture and Arts provision within Leichhardt Local Government Area

Monday 16 August - Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Purpose: to discuss ongoing management arrangements for Callan Park and matters relating to future studies to be commissioned by SHFA.
- Contamination and vegetation studies
- The Bay Run Development Application

Tuesday 5 October - Existing lease and landholders
Purpose: to inform this group of recent workshop outcomes and discuss the upcoming launch of the draft Master Plan.

Issues raised and discussed:
- Results of the Character Collage (sub-principles)
- Web interactions and statistics
- Timing and format of launch and drop-in events

Tuesday 5 October - Update to Leichhardt Councillors
Purpose: to preview the draft Master Plan being launched on Friday 8 October

Issues raised and discussed:
- Online feedback to Stage 3, including character collage and Stage 3 Survey
- Web statistics
- How the draft Master Plan has responded to community engagement
- Preview of draft Master Plan elements and online format

Monday 1 November – Friends of Callan Park
Purpose: to answer questions about aspects of the draft Master Plan

Issues raised and discussed:
- Skatepark
- Mental Health Services
- NSW Ambulance
- NGO's
- Removal of part of the Balmain Road wall

Tuesday 2 November - Existing lease and landholders
Purpose: to answer questions about aspects of the draft Master Plan

Issues raised and discussed:
- Mental Health Services
- NGO precinct
- NSW Ambulance
- SCA studio space
- Parking (including parking meters)

 



Transparency

At every stage, you’ll be able to see what the community is saying, and what the consultant team is doing in response, on this website.

We’ll also issue regular newsletters, hold community workshops, and host a drop-in event on-site at Callan Park.



Have your say

In 2010, the Callan Park Master Plan will not develop without your involvement. Have your say now, and don’t forget to tell your family, your friends and colleagues about this unique opportunity to shape the future of this precious community asset.

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