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Bob Campbell Oval

​​This page will provide a central location for updates on Bob Campbell Oval and the Draft Masterplan. If you would like to stay updated about the latest on Bob Campbell Oval, please provide us with your email address.

October 2021

Council has entered into a contract for construction of Stage 1 works which is subject to obtaining approval for the work and provides for Council to comply with the outcome of current review by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment into synthetic fields.

Council is proposing to utilise synthetic grass to provide the maximum playing capacity for the sportsfield. Lane Cove’s population has grown by more than 16% in recent years without any additional sportsfields being provided. All Northern Sydney councils agree this is the best way to address a lack of sportsfields due to population growth.

The actual field will be the most environmentally friendly in Australia. It features:-

• No loose material (eg no black rubber) that can escape into the environment.

• The plastic utilised is compliant with EU standards for use in plastic toys.

• All materials are 100% recyclable.

• All drainage systems include sumps for separation of solids.

Subject to the necessary approvals, Council will develop a construction program that is sensitive to community access to open space during COVID-19 and will see completion of Stage 1 by mid-2022.


September 2021

Council's 2018 – 2021 Delivery Program and Operational Plan included an action to develop a synthetic playing surface at Bob Campbell Oval amongst other improvements to the open space. A Masterplan for proposed improvement works was prepared which the subject to community feedback between 17 September and 1 November 2020.  On 16 November 2020 at an Ordinary Council meeting, Councillors endorsed the Bob Campbell Oval Masterplan for the upgrading of existing sportsfield.

Council has entered into a contract with Synergy Turf for construction of Stage 1 of the Bob Campbell Oval Master Plan. The contract includes conditions that allow Council to cancel the contract in the event Council does not obtain approval for the work and/or the current review by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment into Synthetic Fields requires the contract to be cancelled.  

Council engaged O'Connor Marsden (OCM) to prepare a Probity Plan for the approval process which is now available.

In summary, the approval process has the following steps, noting that Step 1 has commenced. As each step is completed the website will be updated to show the status.

  1. A new multi-disciplinary consultant will prepare a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) based on the actual products and design proposed under the contract, including a Remediation Action Plan. [Commenced]
  2. On completion of the REF, Council will publish it on this website.
  3. A consultant town planner will prepare a Part 5 (of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EPA Act)) Assessment report with recommendation based on the REF and any other necessary documents.
  4. On completion of the Part 5 Assessment Report, Council will publish it on this website.
  5. Counsel will review the Assessment report and provide an opinion to as to whether the REF and Part 5 Assessment meets legislative requirements under the EPA Act.
  6. Council's Executive Manager - Environmental Services will determine the Application.
  7. Following determination of the Application a report on the outcome will be provided to the next Ordinary Council meeting.

In relation to timing for the steps and the project overall, subject to the necessary approvals, Council has committed to not commence works in September 2021. Council is sensitive to programming work having regard to community access to open space during COVID-19. A revised program of works has not yet been determined.

August 2021

The Contract for Construction and Installation of Synthetic Sports Field and associated infrastructure at Bob Campbell Oval was reported to the 16 August meeting. View the 16 August Council Agenda (supplementary report) and Minutes.

The tender for Construction and Installation of “Synthetic Sports Field and Associated Infrastructure at Bob Campbell Oval" was considered at an Extraordinary Council meeting on 2 August. View the 2 August Council Agenda and Minutes.

22 July 2021

Consideration of the tender for Construction and Installation of “Synthetic Sports Field and Associated Infrastructure at Bob Campbell Oval” has been postponed to an Extraordinary Council meeting on 2 August 2021. View the 19 July Council Minutes.

July 2021

The 19 July 2021 Council meeting includes items relating to Bob Campbell Oval. View the Agenda online. The Bob Campbell Oval Council Report includes an attachment which is an addendum to the REF in regard to further clarification of terminology and additional information on leachates and microplastics.

Council has revoked the Part 5 assessment and approval for the Redevelopment of Bob Campbell Oval​. Council's attention was drawn to the REF's requirement for a Remediation Action Plan (RAP) to be developed for consideration as part of the Part 5 Assessment. This RAP was not produced, but was scheduled to be prepared prior to commencement of construction.  On this basis for avoidance of doubt in process, Council has revoked the Part 5 Approval​ and will prepare a RAP and review the original REF, prior to making a fresh decision on whether or not to approve the carrying out of the redevelopment of Bob Campbell Oval.

June 2021

The Part 5 Asse​ssm​ent under the Environmental Planning Assessment Act (1979) has been completed. Landscape Documentation is also now available.

May 2021

Council has commissioned a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Bob Campbell Oval Project. A copy of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is now available. An addendum to the REF is available in regard to further clarification of terminology and additional information on leachates and microplastics.

This document has been prepared as part of the next stage of the approval process under the Infrastructure SEPP (2007) which applies to this project.

The REF will form part of a Part 5 Assessment under the Environmental Planning Assessment Act (1979). The document should be read in full.

Council will provide the community with an update once the Part 5 Assessment has been completed.  

Related documents:

March 2021

Council has outsourced the provision of both a topographical land survey and existing tree information as part of the Bob Campbell Redevelopment Masterplan. The resulting Tree Inspection Schedule and corresponding Tree Location Survey are now available to view online.

A Notice of Rescission was put forward to Council at the 15 March meeting to rescind Item 1 (Council receive and endorse the revised Bob Campbell Oval Master Plan) of resolution 183 of the Council meeting 16 November 2020. The Motion was lost - view the Minutes of the meeting.

Council is currently working on design detail for the Master Plan. Relevant reports for this project will be available from this page of Council's website for public once received by Council.

February 2021

Construction of a new Gross Pollutant Trap (GPT) at the corner of St Vincents Road and Gore Street will commence on Monday 22 February. It's scheduled to take approximately five weeks to complete.

January 2021

To avoid any potential conflict with the hosting of the Greenwich Games (anticipated in December 2021), Council has deferred construction commencing until January 2022 with completion proposed for December 2022.

However, Council will commence the construction of the Shared User Path (SUP) earlier than previously anticipated with contractors engaged by mid-2021 and expected to be completed in December 2021.

November 2020

Council considered a report at its meeting of 16 November 2020 following community consultation throughout September and October.

To view the minutes from the meeting, please view the Council Minutes for November.

20 October 2020

The consultation period has been extended and will now finish on 1 November 2020.

Find out more on the Have Your Say page for Bob Campbell Oval.

September 2020

Consultation is now underway via Council's Have Your Say section until Thursday 29 October 2020 (amended to 1 November).

Council's Open Space Plan identifies the need to increase the capacity and use of open space assets through investment, innovation and good design. To help improve the use of Bob Campbell Oval, Greenwich, Council has prepared a Draft Masterplan which demonstrates how a range of features could be included on the site. Council's 2008 Recreation Action Plan was developed to identify existing gaps in sports infrastructure and planned for increased capacity as a result of increased participation in sport. It recommended that Council investigate the option of a synthetic field at Blackman Park or Bob Campbell Oval, along with upgraded cricket wickets and improved lighting. The Blackman Park upgrades were ultimately completed in 2014.

The 2014 NSROC Regional Sportsground Strategy which covered the LGAs of Hornsby, Hunter's Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby, identified that demand for sportsfields would far outweigh supply in coming years even with all existing fields converting to synthetic to allow higher usage. This report identified Bob Campbell Oval as a potential synthetic field location.

Council's 2018-2021 Delivery Program and Operation Plan included an action to develop a synthetic playing surface at Bob Campbell Oval including consideration of the provision of walkways, off-leash areas and amenities/car parks.

Council has been successful in securing funds for the upgrade to the oval and surrounding park area through state funding from NSW Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment.

We are now seeking feedback on the Masterplan which includes the following:

  • New synthetic field to accommodate Soccer (90m x 50m) and Cricket
  • Existing Bushland
  • New fitness track approx. 400m in length
  • Enclosed off-leash dog areas
  • New amenities building
  • Approx. 50 space car park
  • Link to existing bush track
  • New native vegetation area
  • Existing aquaduct
  • New playground and fitness equipment
  • New BBQ picnic area
  • Existing vehicular access road and shared user access path
  • New shared user path (SUP)
  • New upgraded lighting for field
  • New Netball training court for off-peak times
  • Perimeter fence

To assist with the consultation, Council has prepared Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), along with a number of background documents and will also host two community drop-in information sessions.

To allow the community to understand the scale of the enclosed field, the area of the synthetic sportsfield has been marked on the existing oval (as close as practical) including the off-leash dog areas during this consultation period.

Have Your Say

To have your say please visit the Have Your Say section of Council's website to review the background information and complete the online survey.

The Have Your Say page also includes details on dates/RSVP process for the drop-in sessions and how to make a submission to the General Manager regarding the Masterplan.

Written submissions close 5:00pm Sunday 1 November 2020 (originally Thursday 29 October 2020).

Consultation has now closed.

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