Lawson Crown Land
Masterplan on Exhibition
Lawson Crown Land Masterplan
Council is currently preparing a Masterplan for Crown Land at Lawson, incorporating:
- the old Lawson Golf Course,
- the Lawson Cemetery,
- Lawson Dog Off Leash area, and
- Lawson BMX track and the nearby oval.
Council has previously sought community input through workshops and has now prepared three re-development options for the site.
The three options are currently available to view on-line here.
Comments closed 20th April 2018. Here's the Society's submission
The Society does not support any of the three options put forward. Here's why:
- All options represent a significant over–development of the site, with up to 4 new sporting fields/ovals, new indoor sporting facilities and new amenity blocks and club houses.
- All this requires supporting infrastructure – all options include a new internal road system and extensive new car parking, as well as water, sewage and electricity connection.
- One option includes re-development of the existing BMX track for new residential/aged care and private tourism thereby converting public land to private ownership.
- All options require the removal of stands of existing native vegetation between the old fairways to facilitate re-development.
- The proposed re-development, including the sporting fields and car parks, represents a risk to the nearby creek from urban runoff from hard surfaces, as well as risks from fertilisers use on the fields/ovals.
- Council has not demonstrated the need or demand for such a huge increase in sporting infrastructure.
Instead the Society would like to see a fourth option developed for public consultation which would be aimed at minimal impact and sustainable use of the site. This fourth option would:
- Ensure the site is protected as an open space recreation area and bushland reserve.
- Maintain the existing uses at their current locations, including the BMX track, oval, cemetery, dog off leash area and bushwalking tracks – with no new sporting or residential re-development of the site.
- Additional small-scale recreational opportunities consistent with the natural values of the site such as a children’s nature playground, children’s bike track, and other passive recreational opportunities (eg picnic tables and interpretative signage).
- Enhancement of the natural values of the site including widening of the bushland areas along the creekline and improved stormwater management.
- Upgrades and expansion of the existing walking track network.
Site for Society Nursery
One option identifies space for a community nursery and community gardens. The Society is supportive of this proposal, as it would provide an ideal permanent home in the mid mountains for the Society’s native plant nursery.
The Society’s nursery is a community not for profit nursery run by volunteers, which provides affordable locally grown and sourced native plants to the general public. The Society has been attempting to find a location to re-open its nursery in the mid mountains for a number of years.
The nursery site proposed in the option developed by Council, adjacent to the creekline and away from the existing local road network, is not suitable however. The Society is instead keen to discuss with Council a nursery site where the old clubhouse is currently located or nearby.