Community Panel provides its vision
for outdoor space at Lane Cove Golf Course
Thank you to our local residents
involved in the Community Panel
26 June Update
Here it is! A sincere thank you to the 35 residents who
formed Lane Cove's first Community Panel. The Panel was made up of a
representative sample of individuals to match the demographics of the Lane Cove
community and were independently selected to consider an important brief
on behalf of the community - you can find out more about the process of
their selection below. The Community Panel process was facilitated
by Mosaic Lab and Gauge Consulting.
Today the Panel finalised their report which considered the
current Golf Course and addressed their remit "What is the best use of the
outdoor areas on the site to meet our community needs now and in the
future?". To help answer the remit, the Panel was given access to
information and resources to help them with this activity as it evolved. This
included a site visit, a range of background documents, guest speakers,
reports, data and answers to a broad range of questions
posed by the Panel. The end result is a report that includes an
overarching vision for the site developed by the community, for the community.
It is accompanied by a set of criteria that will be used to inform future
decision making about uses on the outdoor areas of the Golf Course. The
Panel's report will be presented to Council for its consideration at the 19 July 2021 Council meeting.
The Community Panel's vision is:
Cove Golf Course provides an accessible, sustainable golf and greenspace for
the current and evolving community to enjoy for generations to come"
The Panel's criteria to support this vision
Evaluation and evolution of the Lane Cove Golf Course
Safe and fair co-existence of all activities
Proposal’s impact on broader community and wildlife
Preserve and protect the natural environment
Affordable to the community
Does the community benefit outweigh the operational cost?
Any substantial change to, or repurposing of, the site requires a detailed proposal and wide community consultation.
Recognise that this is Cameraygal Land
Future use should consider expanded, complementary and compatible uses of the green space in the absence of viable alternatives in local and neighbouring catchments.
The Panel's report includes a description and rationale for each of the above criteria.
The Community Panel's report was finalised and provided to Council today, Saturday 26 June
Members of the community interested in the next steps can review
the report to Council's July meeting scheduled for Monday 19 July.
The Agenda for this meeting will be published on
Thursday 15 July 2021 and can be viewed through Council's website. For
details of the current arrangements for public forums at Council meetings,
please visit Council's website.
How did the Community Panel process work?
The Community Panel met on four occasions starting with a tour of
the golf course and then facilitated sessions which included speakers,
activities and reflections related to the group's remit. Along
the way the group identified additional information
they needed to help them with their deliberations.
also exchanged information and ideas through a shared portal to connect and
consider the remit in between and
During the journey Panel members were encouraged to consider
how the process was evolving and you can watch
the Vox Pop video on the right to hear from
panellists who were reflecting on the process at the halfway point at the
end of Session 2.
Council also invited members of the public who were not part of
the Panel to observe the process during each of the sessions. More than 20 people
took up this opportunity and became Observers across the four sessions.
Who is on the Panel?
You can see from the below infographic that the Panel
representation aligns with the demographics of Lane Cove:
Council sent a letter to all residents introducing the Community Panel process
and providing notice that some
households may receive a subsequent letter inviting them to express
interest in being on the Panel. To make sure the selection process for the
Panel was fully independent, Sortition Foundation was engaged to recruit a sample of individuals to match the broad
demographics of the Lane Cove community. There was a terrific take up response
from those invited to participate and the final members were then randomly selected. Council was not involved in the selection of individual panel members
and was only introduced to the Panel at the first session.
Background to the establishment of a Community Panel
Over the past decade, Council has been exploring ways and means of
meeting the sport, recreation, health and lifestyle needs of current and future
Last year the community was asked to provide feedback on concept
plans for a new Sport and Recreation Precinct on the curtilage of
the current Lane Cove Golf Course.
The proposed facility includes indoor multi-sport courts, outdoor
courts, a stage, program space, cafe and restaurant and car park. In response
to positive feedback, Council agreed to continue with plans for this facility
which sits on the land at the edge of the golf course, predominantly the
current car park, clubhouse, tennis courts etc.
As part of that consultation process, Council had also proposed
future options for the golf course including a driving range, putt-putt golf
and the retention of a nine-hole golf course. In response, the community asked
Council to consider all options for use of the open space at the golf course.
The golf course is the largest open space in the Lane Cove Council
area, making the decision about its future use an important one. To help
understand the community's views on the best use of the outdoor areas on the
site to meet our community needs now and into the future, Council decided
to pursue a 'deliberative democracy' process whereby a Community Panel was
formed to deliberate about any future options for the use of the
What is a Community Panel?
A Community Panel is made up of an autonomous and independent
group of everyday people who, similar to a court jury system, consider
information and then reach a decision. The process is based on the International Association for Public
Participation Australasia (IAP2A) framework which classifies
this method as involve, a higher order of consultation than inform or consult,
Council’s standard consultation approach. Mosaic Labs in facilitating the
panel, ensure compliance with IAP2 Quality Assurance Standards.