Improving safety at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park and Fleming Playground, Newtown

In response to community concerns about safety in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park and Fleming Playground, Council is putting in place a number of measures under the Parksafe initiative and is seeking your input. Council also wants to hear your experiences and how safe you feel in the two parks.

Jump straight to the survey now or read on.

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park is an important area of open space which is highly valued by the local community. It’s a culturally unique area of open space near the creative hub of Newtown. However the park’s location, size and popularity have brought about problems with anti-social behaviour especially at night.

Similar issues have also been experienced in Fleming Playground (corner Albermarle and Denison Streets).
Inner West Council is working to ensure these valued public assets are safe and welcoming for all.


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Managing alcohol consumption

Council is reviewing the current arrangements for managing alcohol consumption in the park. Currently alcohol is prohibited in the entire park between 9pm and 9am however enforcement can be difficult over such a large area. One strategy could be to ban alcohol consumption near adjacent residences (i.e. alongside Australia Street) but permit it in the other areas with no restriction on hours. This would allow Council’s rangers and the police to more easily enforce the restrictions. We'd like to know your views.


Proposed location for new toilet facilities

Council recognises that there is strong community support for toilet facilities in the park and is seeking feedback on the location and hours of operation. The proposed location for the toilets has been selected based on protecting view lines into the park, safety by design principles and minimising impacts on trees.


Park lighting improvements

To discourage anti-social behaviour, Council will trial lighting only the pathways (and not the green space) in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park over the 2018/2019 summer period. We’ll also identify options for funding long term lighting improvements along key park pathways.


Other initiatives

Council would also like to know your views on:

  • Increased Council ranger patrols in the evening
  • Removing the picnic shelter and establishing a community garden at Fleming Playground
  • Ideas to activate the parks


Working with the community

Council is liaising with NSW Police and local community organisations including Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to put the Parksafe initiative in place.


Have your say

  • In the online survey below
  • By mail, addressed to Inner West Council, PO Box 14, Petersham 2049. Please mark your letter Parksafe-public comment
  • Fill in survey at a park pop-up in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
  • Sunday 11 November 9:30am – 5.30pm at Newtown Festival
  • Friday, 16 November 4pm – 6pm
  • Saturday, 17 November 12 noon – 2pm

Survey closes Sunday 18 November at midnight.

We would like to hear from everyone who cares about the parks. Council will be engaging with young people who use these spaces, including working with local youth outreach organisations.


Enquiries

If you have an enquiry, please contact Aaron Callaghan, Parks Planning and Engagement Manager, on 9392 5634 or aaron.callaghan@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


What happens next

Council will consider a community survey outcomes report and an interim assessment of the lighting trial at its meeting on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. Everyone who completes a survey and provides their contact details, will be informed of Council’s resolutions from the meeting.

In response to community concerns about safety in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park and Fleming Playground, Council is putting in place a number of measures under the Parksafe initiative and is seeking your input. Council also wants to hear your experiences and how safe you feel in the two parks.

Jump straight to the survey now or read on.

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park is an important area of open space which is highly valued by the local community. It’s a culturally unique area of open space near the creative hub of Newtown. However the park’s location, size and popularity have brought about problems with anti-social behaviour especially at night.

Similar issues have also been experienced in Fleming Playground (corner Albermarle and Denison Streets).
Inner West Council is working to ensure these valued public assets are safe and welcoming for all.


Click on plan for larger view

Managing alcohol consumption

Council is reviewing the current arrangements for managing alcohol consumption in the park. Currently alcohol is prohibited in the entire park between 9pm and 9am however enforcement can be difficult over such a large area. One strategy could be to ban alcohol consumption near adjacent residences (i.e. alongside Australia Street) but permit it in the other areas with no restriction on hours. This would allow Council’s rangers and the police to more easily enforce the restrictions. We'd like to know your views.


Proposed location for new toilet facilities

Council recognises that there is strong community support for toilet facilities in the park and is seeking feedback on the location and hours of operation. The proposed location for the toilets has been selected based on protecting view lines into the park, safety by design principles and minimising impacts on trees.


Park lighting improvements

To discourage anti-social behaviour, Council will trial lighting only the pathways (and not the green space) in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park over the 2018/2019 summer period. We’ll also identify options for funding long term lighting improvements along key park pathways.


Other initiatives

Council would also like to know your views on:

  • Increased Council ranger patrols in the evening
  • Removing the picnic shelter and establishing a community garden at Fleming Playground
  • Ideas to activate the parks


Working with the community

Council is liaising with NSW Police and local community organisations including Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to put the Parksafe initiative in place.


Have your say

  • In the online survey below
  • By mail, addressed to Inner West Council, PO Box 14, Petersham 2049. Please mark your letter Parksafe-public comment
  • Fill in survey at a park pop-up in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
  • Sunday 11 November 9:30am – 5.30pm at Newtown Festival
  • Friday, 16 November 4pm – 6pm
  • Saturday, 17 November 12 noon – 2pm

Survey closes Sunday 18 November at midnight.

We would like to hear from everyone who cares about the parks. Council will be engaging with young people who use these spaces, including working with local youth outreach organisations.


Enquiries

If you have an enquiry, please contact Aaron Callaghan, Parks Planning and Engagement Manager, on 9392 5634 or aaron.callaghan@innerwest.nsw.gov.au


What happens next

Council will consider a community survey outcomes report and an interim assessment of the lighting trial at its meeting on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. Everyone who completes a survey and provides their contact details, will be informed of Council’s resolutions from the meeting.

Parksafe Survey

The survey is designed so that when you answer the questions, further information may be asked for depending on what your answers are. 

Are you a nearby resident/community member impacted by activities and/or behaviour in one or both of the parks?

Questions about Camperdown Memorial Rest Park

Do you visit Camperdown Memorial Rest Park?
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How often do you visit Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
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To what extent do you agree with these statements?
To what extent do you agree with these statements? Completely agree Agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree/don't know Somewhat disagree Disagree Completely disagree
I feel safe in the park during daylight hours
I feel safe in the park after dark
Thinking about Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, how much do you agree with the following statements?
Thinking about Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, how much do you agree with the following statements? Completely agree Agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree/don't know Somewhat disagree Disagree Completely disagree
The park needs more Council rangers patrolling at night
The park is fine as it is - don’t change anything
The playground should be brightly lit at night time
The lights should be turned off in the main green space of the park to deter anti-social behaviour i.e. only paths should be well lit.

Questions about toilet facilities and alcohol restrictions

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Council recognises that there is strong community support for a public toilet in the park and is seeking feedback on the location and hours of operation. Do you think the toilets should be open:
The location for the toilets has been selected based on protecting view lines into the park, safety by design principles and minimising impacts on trees. Do you support the proposed location?
Council is reviewing the current arrangements for managing alcohol consumption in the park. Currently alcohol is prohibited in the entire park between 9pm and 9am however enforcement can be difficult over such a large area. One strategy could be to ban alcohol consumption near adjacent residences (i.e. alongside Australia Street) but permit it in the other areas with no restriction on hours. This would allow Council’s rangers and the police to more easily enforce the restrictions. When thinking about alcohol in the park, which of the following strategies is your preference?

Questions about Fleming Playground

Do you use or live nearby Fleming Playground?
To what extent do you agree with these statements?
To what extent do you agree with these statements? Completely agree Agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree/don't know Somewhat disagree Disagree Completely disagree
I feel safe in Fleming Playground during daylight hours
I feel safe in Fleming Playground after dark
Council is considering removing the picnic shelter and establishing a community garden in Fleming Playground. Do you support this proposal?

Final comment section

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