Population growth is expected to impact
demand for sports grounds in the Northern Sydney region. Council recently adpoted the Northern Sydney Region of Councils' (NSROC) Regional Sportsground Strategy which considers how the issue of sportsfield usage can be addressed across the member councils.
The Review Report completed prior to the strategy quantified and demonstrated a current and future shortfall in the supply and capacity of sports grounds. It showed that an increase in supply/capacity of 26% will be needed by the year 2026 (equivalent to approximately 78 standard rectangular fields) and 40% will be needed by the year 2036 (equivalent to approximately 120 standard rectangular fields).
The likely implication of population growth forecasts for each Council is that greater pressure will be placed on community facilities including sports grounds. Given that organisations for
community sports already reported inadequate availability of sports grounds for
playing and training, Council welcomes the strategy and at its April Council meeting agreed to review the Sportsground strategy for Lane Cove.
Council committed to review and revise its current
Sportsground strategy and implement whatever initiatives with
the current staff, infrastructure and land areas available to increase our
capacity in the short term while staying up to date and stay involved with
Regional and State initiatives to increasing our available sports grounds well
into the future. To read the full Council report, view the April Council meeting Agenda and Minutes online.