Sutherland Shire Council is aiming to improve the recreational opportunities at Seymour Shaw Park Miranda. These improvements are aimed at supporting active lifestyles now and into the future.
The Miranda Precinct Residents Associations (MPRA) application was accepted to be included in the Stakeholders Reference Group (SRG) for the Seymour Shaw youth precinct development project. The group consists of sporting bodies, community groups and a couple of residents.
The current elected representative for this group is:
Councillor Jack Boyd firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Councillor Tom Croucher was also a part of original stakeholders Reference Group.
Council staff attending were from various sections of Council including Assets, Design/Landscape Architects and Engineers, Youth Services and Sport and Recreation. The meeting was facilitated by Council Community and Engagement officers.
Our first workshop was held on Tuesday October 13 2020. There were 2 more meetings to review principles and site options.
The Project Manager for stage 1 was Donna Henderson
The Current Project Manager for stage 2 and 3 is Peter Le.
The plans for Seymour Shaw Park included a skate park based on a previous Council community survey which found most residents in the region supported it. The skate park was designed to cater for all ages and abilities.
The Miranda Precinct Residents Association MPRA identified key issues for Miranda:
The need for the reserve to be attractive and well shaded
Shared paths and exercise equipment to cater for all ages including older residents
Upgrading the children’s park
Upgrading the toilets
Attracting families and adults including barbeque areas to ensure surveillance of park usage
Progress so Far:
The Seymour Shaw Park Stage 1 Recreational Youth Space is now open.
The Seymour Shaw Active Precinct features two deep skate bowls, Plaza skating, parkour, outdoor children’s playground, half basketball court, seating, grassed areas, and barbeques.
For Stage 2:
Council has allocated fundings to undertake the works (multi years project), and the design is currently in progress with timeline as below:
Design: July 23 – Jan 24
Procurement for Contractor: Feb 24 to Apr 24
Construction: May 24 – Apr 25 (12 months duration)
Stage 2 will include major re-levelling of the soccer, netball and cricket fields, toilet upgrades, demolition of netball control rooms upgraded to a multipurpose building, bleacher seating, Wandella carpark stage 2, relocation of the cricket nets (N-S alignment near The Boulevard.
For Stage 3:
Council have allocated funding to carry out the Design in the 24/25 Financial year.
Stage 3 includes exercise equipment and development of tennis courts and amenities building.
Currently there is no further information on when the construction will start.
Council has allocated funding in 23/24 financial year to carry out resurfacing works as part of its ongoing maintenance program although this is separate to the stage 3 redevelopment.
Miranda residents advocated for a focus on how to curtail anti-social behaviour in the new Youth Precinct
The hours of operation for The Active Youth Space are 7am till 10pm.
If these hours are monitored and adhered to from day one, we hope antisocial and criminal behaviours which have previously caused problems in Miranda due to its proximity to transport and a major centre will be voided.
There are also stages 4 and 5 as part of overall redevelopment.