Gardiner Park upgrade

We are upgrading Gardiner Park, improving the facilities so they can meet the growing community demand.

Find out more about the project including the project designs, construction progress and background.

Project updates

Update: wet weather

This week's activities have been delayed due to the wet weather, including work on the natural field.

We were planning to remove the fence around the natural field and open it up to the community. Hopefully we'll get better weather next week and be able to take down the fence.

 

11 - 24 October

Over the next fortnight we plan to:

  • bring in material for the synthetic field, including synthetic turf, drainage cell, shockpad

  • trim and compact the road-base to prepare for installation of the drainage cell

  • bring in additional road base if required

  • irrigate the natural grass areas

  • intall kerb edging

  • conduct synthetic field fencing works, including core holing in concrete

  • irrigate the natural grass areas

  • pour concrete for various items like kerbs, footpaths, etc

  • maintain the grass, including top-dressing the natural field area.

Security and safety update

Due to safety concerns arising from the dangerous behaviours of a small number of local residents, Council and the construction contractor have been left with no option but to close / fence off Gardiner Park to allow the project to be completed safely.

This fencing and associated traffic and pedestrian management has been erected in accordance with all relevant standards and safety procedures, leaving plenty of safe space for people to navigate around the outside of the park safely.

The safety of our workers and users of the park is our priority and unfortunately the constant irresponsible actions of a few have resulted in the closure of a large portion of the park, to the detriment of others who simply wanted to continue to enjoy the unfenced open space whilst work progressed. 

The playground on the corner of Wolli Creek Road and the areas fronting Gardiner Avenue will remain open. 
 
The park will be reopened as soon as it is safe for all to do so.

What's changing

The upgrades will make the facilities at Gardiner Park more modern, fit for purpose and sustainable.

The key feature in the upgrade is the installation of a synthetic football pitch. Installing a synthetic field will allow people and organisations to use the field year-round, even after wet weather.

The following map outlines where the upgraded features will be installed:

Gardiner Park Upgrade

Project background

The upgrade is part of the NSW State Government’s ‘Planned Precincts’ initiative which includes Arncliffe, Banksia and Cooks Cove, known as the Bayside West Precinct. The State Government reviewed the needs of each of the ‘Planned Precincts’ and identified a number of required improvements needed to infrastructure to service the growing demands of the whole community.

The State Government committed to upgrading two parks, Arncliffe Park and Gardiner Park. Arncliffe Park received a $4.5 million upgrade and $2.5 million has been allocated for Gardiner Park which includes the installation of a synthetic playing field.

The State Government consulted extensively with the community on the ‘Planned Precincts – Bayside West Precinct’ program and Council has also included the proposal in a number of documents that have been on public exhibition including the latest Operational Plan 2020/21.

The approval process for the synthetic field is accordance with NSW legislation and Council has met all its obligations under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act).

Construction noise

Construction noise is likely during the project. All construction activities are regulated to take place between 7am and 6.30pm. Our plan was to complete the works within 5 months, however due to factors outside of our control we were unable to finish in May.

During construction, some activities will generate noise such as demolition works, removal of drainage lines, stripping, ripping and rotary hoeing of existing turf, excavation of soils, installation of drainage infrastructure and retaining walls, truck movements associated with bringing in materials, preparation and compaction of subgrade and base, installation of synthetic field turf and ancillary items.

Project update archive and frequently asked questions

Previous project updates

27 September - 10 October

Over the next fortnight we plan to:

  • work on fencing for the synthetic field

  • irrigate the natural grass areas

  • intall reinforced turf footpaths

  • irrigate the natural grass areas

  • pour concrete for various items like kerbs, footpaths, etc

  • remove site sheds and container

  • maintain the grass

  • trim and compact soils so we can instal the synthetic field drainage cell

  • conduct civil work, including forming batters.

 

13 - 26 September

We're expecting some wet weather this week, so our progress might be slower than usual.

Over the next fortnight we plan to:

  • receive a delivery of material for the synthetic field

  • irrigate the natural grass areas

  • undertake electrical work

  • work on fencing for the synthetic field

  • pour concrete for various items like kerbs, footpaths, etc

  • remove site sheds and container

  • maintain the grass

  • conduct civil work, including forming batters.

 

30 August - 12 September

Over the next fortnight we plan to:

  • undertake Civil works including installing batters

  • compact material for footpaths

  • irrigate the natural grass areas

  • conduct electrical works for lighting and irrigation

  • continue shift soil for batters

  • pour concrete for various items like kerbs and footpaths

  • remove site sheds

  • maintain grass.

We have COVID-safe plans in place and we are following all of the public health orders.

 

16 - 29 August

Over the next fortnight, subject to restrictions we plan to:

  • compact material for footpaths

  • conduct irrigation and electrical works

  • shift soil

  • pour concrete

  • remove site sheds

  • maintain grass.

We have COVID-safe plans in place and we are following all of the public health orders.

 

2 - 15 August 2021

After the construction pause we plan to:

  • bring our equipment and machinery back on site

  • place and compact fill material

  • conduct infield drainage works

  • compact material on the synthetic field

  • conduct electrical works for lighting and irrigation

  • install fencing

  • shift soil for batters

  • pour concrete for various items like kerbs, footpaths, etc;

  • remove site sheds

  • finalise stormwater works.

5 - 18 July

Over the next fortnight we plan to:

  • Import soil and turf for the natural field
  • continue to compact material on the synthetic field
  • conduct electrical works for lighting and irrigation
  • install fences
  • continue to shift topsoil
  • pour concrete for various items like kerbs, footpaths, etc 
  • conduct irrigation works 
  • install stormwater infrastructure

 

13 July - odour from the site

As part of the preparation for the natural turf, our contractor is fertilizing the ground with sterilised poultry manure.

We apologise for the temporary unpleasant smell that the fertilizer produces.

 

Changes to fencing around the site

From Friday 8 July we will be making some changes to the location of the temporary fencing.

These changes are necessary to allow the construction team to spread soil, build retaining walls and lay turf.

We will keep the fences around the nearby trees to make sure they are protected.

 

21 June - 2 July

Over the next fortnight we plan to:

  • continue importing and compacting sandstone fill and road base
  • continue electrical upgrades for the existing lighting 
  • install fences
  • continue to shift topsoil
  • pour concrete for various items like kerbs, footpaths, etc 
  • conduct irrigation works 
  • install stormwater infrastructure
  • close off the sink hole on top of the existing stormwater pipe.

 

7 - 20 June

Over the next fortnight we plan to:

  • continue importing and compacting sandstone fill and road base
  • conduct electrical upgrades for the existing lighting
  • install fencing
  • install topsoil
  • pour concrete for various items like kerbs and footpaths
  • conduct irrigation works
  • install stormwater
  • fill the existing stormwater pipe
  • close off the sink hole on top of the existing stormwater pipe.

 

31 May - 6 June

Over the next week we plan to:

  • continue importing and compacting sandstone fill and road base
  • shape the areas between the fields
  • install electrical conduit and lighting cages
  • conduct irrigation works, including backfilling aggregate around the tank
  • install subsoil on natural field.

 

24 - 30 May

Over the next fortnight we plan to:

  • continue importing sandstone fill and road base
  • shift topsoil
  • shape and excavate for footpaths, edge beams and fencing
  • install 6m fencing
  • install electrical conduit and lighting cages
  • conduct irrigation works
  • install subsoil on natural field
  • further stormwater works.

 

17 - 23 May

This week we plan to:

  • continue importing sandstone fill and road base;
  • conduct further stormwater works (pending Council approval)
  • shape in between fields
  • complete irrigation works.

 

10 - 16 May

If the weather stays clear we will:

  • import sandstone fill and road base;
  • conduct stormwater works
  • conduct irrigation works
  • fill the existing pipe.

From Tuesday 11 May there will be more trucks visiting the site as we bring in the fill. We'll have traffic management in place to make sure people can move around safely.

We'll also be monitoring for noise and vibration. You might hear a bit more noise on Tuesday as the team will be saw-cutting brick mortar, but we'll make sure it doesn't reach a level that is beyond standards.

We'll be conducting stormwater works in the vicinity of the heritage fig tree. While we dug the trench we had an arborist on site to make sure we didn't do any damage to the tree. All of the digging around the tree is complete, so there is no further risk to the tree and we don't need to keep the arborist on site.

 

10 May

This morning there will be a site inspection. If it is dry, the Contractor will continue bringing in the sandstone fill. Sediment control will remain in place and be kept in check, including ensuring the streets remain clean. If the ground is completely dry, they will put dust control in place.

Looking ahead, if the weather stays clear we will:

  • import sandstone fill and road base;
  • conduct stormwater works
  • conduct irrigation works
  • fill the existing pipe.

 

3 - 9 May

This week we plan to:

  • continue importation of sandstone fill and DGB 20 rock
  • continue stormwater works
  • conduct further irrigation works.

 

26 April - 2 May

This week we plan to:

  • install the exclusion zone fencing around the park
  • upgrade the entry / exit access way
  • potentially begin importing fill once approval has been given by the compliance team
  • potential stormwater works.

12 - 18 April

Weather permitting we will continue:

  • import more sandstone fill*
  • stormwater works at the upstream end
  • installing the irrigation tank
  • installing natural field irrigation.

*a large amount of sandstone and roadbase is being imported to the site. We started this process in mid-March, expecting it to take around 3 weeks to bring in all of the material. Unfortunately the bad weather caused some delays and as a result we are still importing fill throughout April.

During this phase there will be more traffic than usual and you may experience some delays. Wolli Creek Road will have trucks entering and exiting the site between 8am and 3pm. Traffic control will be in place and traffic controllers will ensure safe thoroughfare is provided to all the road users. 

We are also taking extra steps to protect residents from dust:

  • a watercart will be on site to suppress dust, and to clean any marks left by trucks leaving site with mud attached to their tyres.
  • appropriate sediment control will be in place on the stormwater pits to stop any sediments going into the stormwater system.
  • rumble bars installed at the entrance will also help to shake the mud off tyres.

5 - 11 April

After the Easter long weekend we plan to:

  • import more sandstone fill*
  • continue with stormwater works
  • start installing the irrigation tank
  • start installing natural field irrigation

29 March - 4 April

With better weather forecast this week we plan to:

  • import more sandstone fill
  • continue with stormwater works
  • install the irrigation tank, weather permitting.


22 - 28 March

When we do get underway again our plan is to:

  • import more sandstone fill
  • conduct further stormwater works
  • begin installing the irrigation tank.

 

23/03/2021: Site closed due to extreme weather

The site has been closed since Thursday 18 March due to the heavy rain.

Despite the extreme weather, the sediment controls and containment measures are working and all of the sandstone fill remains in place. On Monday 22 March we reinforced the containment measures by adding some extra sand bags and on Tuesday 23 March made some adjustments to divert run-off.

We'll keep the site closed until the rain has cleared enough for works to continue. Although the site is closed we will continue to inspect it regularly and update the website as things change.

 

  1. - 21 March

This week we expect to:

  • prepare for installation of the irrigation tank. 
  • continue stormwater works, with an arborist site visit on Tuesday morning (weather dependant)
  • import sandstone fill*

*a considerable amount of sandstone and roadbase is being imported to site from Monday 15th March (weather dependant). It will take around 3 weeks to bring in all of the material.

During this phase there will be more traffic than usual and you may experience some delays. Wolli Creek Road will have trucks entering and exiting the site between 8am and 3pm. Traffic control will be in place and traffic controllers will ensure safe thoroughfare is provided to all the road users. 

We are also taking extra steps to protect residents from dust:

  • a watercart will be on site to suppress dust, and to clean any marks left by trucks leaving site with mud attached to their tyres.
  • appropriate sediment control will be in place on the stormwater pits to stop any sediments going into the stormwater system.
  • rumble bars installed at the entrance will also help to shake the mud off tyres.

 

8 - 14 March

This week on site we expect to:

  • finish excavating rock in the irrigation tank
  • continue with stormwater works
  • level the sub grade synthetic field and
  • potentially import sand stone to site.

 

  1. - 07 March

This week on site we expect to: 

  • continue preparing to install the irrigation tank area
  • continue preparing to install the new main stormwater line
  • prepare the site for importing sandstone fill.

 

  1. - 28 February

This week we expect to make progress with stormwater works and irrigation tank excavation.

 

15 - 21 February

This week we aim to:

  • install the main stormwater line
  • excavate rock and shape for the irrigation tank
  • begin forming up the irrigation tank.

 

25 - 31 January

This week we aim to:

  • Import and spread upper growing medium to natural field
  • batter edges of natural field 
  • install a retaining wall to northern end of natural field 
  • excavate retention basin 
  • trench/install new drainage line.

 

18 - 24 January

This week we aim to:

  • install the new main stormwater drainage collector line
  • fill the existing stormwater line with grout
  • continue levelling and grading the natural field, to meet our requirements for a level field.

 

11 - 17 January

This week we aim to:

  • cut the natural field to fill with stripped soil
  • begin stormwater trenching and installation
  • proof roll the sub base 
  • start bring in sandstone fill to place and compact over the synthetic field area.

 

4 - 10 January

This week we will be re-establishing machinery on site and continuing on with civil works. This will include the stripping and stockpiling of topsoil, weather permitting. Unfortunately there is some rain forecast, which may delay the stripping process.

We are pleased with the results of the polymer dust suppressant, which was applied before Christmas. It did a great job of keeping dust to a minimum over the Christmas break.

 

16 - 23 December

We have now ceased work for the Christmas break and will restart on Monday 4 January 2021, weather permitting. Our next progress report will be in the new year.

Last week a nearby resident contacted Work Safe NSW to allege that asbestos was being excavated. They claimed this was leading to contaminated dust in the air outside the worksite. 

Work Safe NSW conducted an investigation and found there was no asbestos material or dust present on the site. Work Safe NSW were satisfied with the measures taken to suppress dust on the site.

Before work started we organised two independent assessments and comprehensive walk throughs. These looked for asbsestos on the site and did not find any. The reports from these assessments were provided to Work Safe NSW.

Also in the last week, the contractor has covered the stockpiles and sprayed a dust suppressant over the field for the Christmas break.

 

25 November - 14 December:

On Monday 14 December 2020 the Land and Environment Court dismissed an injunction application made by the Friends of Gardiner Park. This application asked the Court to stop us from undertaking any work on the site until a court hearing on 18th December.

The Court's decision is available on their website. In good faith we agreed to pause works from 25 November, until the Court made its decision. Now that the Court has ruled in our favour we will recommence works at the site as soon as practicable.

 

Week commencing 23 November 2020 we:

  • stopped work on site pending the case brought before the Land and Environment Court.

 

Week commencing 16 November 2020 we:

  • established the site at Gardiner park
  • installed temporary fencing around the perimeter
  • conducted an arborist inspection
  • pruned trees as agreed by the project arborist, in line with the site survey and set out by a registered surveyor
  • detected the services located within the works area
  • installed site sediment control measures
  • sprayed turf in the works area.

Does a synthetic surface mean the field moves closer to my back fence?

No. The current buffer zone will be increased by 0.5 to 1 metre.

Does the current proposal include additional lighting?

No additional lighting is included in the current scope of works.

Will there be extra parking available?

No additional parking is being constructed, as the use of the park has not changed. There is no increase to sporting activities.

Will there be emergency/accessible entries?

Accessible entries and paths around the synthetic field will be installed for everyone to use. Emergency vehicle access gates will be installed on the main entry to both fields.

Does a synthetic field cost more to maintain?

The difference is substantial. Around $18,000 for synthetic and $100,000 per year for natural turf.

Artificial grass is lower in maintenance, doesn’t require watering to thrive, doesn’t get muddy and damaged if used in wet weather, doesn’t get patchy from use during the playing season, doesn’t need to be replaced as often as turf. Natural turf needs to be relevelled, top dressed with soil and fertilisers, and patched with new turf to keep it in a usable condition each year.

A new irrigation system will be installed to nurture the natural flora and turf.

Is synthetic grass hotter than normal grass?

The technology keeps the temperature very close to that of natural grass.

What about flooding?

The park is in a storm water flood zone. Drainage issues will be addressed during the construction.

What about the trees in the park?

An arborist has assessed all the trees and will be available during the building process. One tree has been identified for trimming. More than half of Gardiner Park remains as natural turf for flora and fauna habitat. No trees are being impacted.

Can I still walk my dog?

Yes, but it is not an off leash park so please ensure it is on a lead. The current usage of the park has not changed.

Can I use the synthetic field?

The synthetic field will be hired out to sporting groups for training and games. If it is not in use others can use it for exercise or practice. The gates will not be locked.

Will the park be fenced?

No, the park will not be fenced. But the synthetic field will have a 1.2 metre fence around its perimeter, with several access gates. There will also be a six metre high wire netting behind each goal to prevent soccer balls going astray or causing injury.

Will there be more late night noise?

There are no changes to the usage of the park and that includes how often, and the times, the field is booked by local sporting clubs. There will be no changes to the lighting.

I thought Gardiner’s Park was heritage listed?

Aspects of the park have heritage significance such as the two pillars at the entrance and the stone wall. A heritage study has been done and is a public document. The two pillars will be preserved during the construction phase.