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Blackmore Oval is a well used and loved multipurpose sporting ground with several facilities used by organised groups and the community. It is the home of Leichhardt Wanderers, rugby league and cricket clubs.

At its meeting on Tuesday 9 May 2023 Council endorsed the draft Plan of Management and Master Plan for public exhibition.

We are inviting you to provide your feedback on how we propose to care for and manage this open space for the next ten years.

During August 2022 we asked you about this open space. Your feedback and input from other stakeholders were used along with research and expert advice to create the draft Plan of Management and Master Plan.


View the initial engagement here.

  • Plan of Management is a guiding framework which directs the future vision, planning, management and maintenance of the park. It will be be used to inform the development of the park over the next ten years.
  • Master Plan is a design report outlining the actions required for improvement, intended to guide the physical upgrade of the site over the next ten years. It does this by suggesting how the strategies set out in the Plan of Management can be translated into site specific gestures for application to the park.
  • New amenities
  • Upgraded and new lighting (including bollard lighting)
  • New pedestrian bridge providing safe links through the park
  • Upgraded park furniture
  • Dogs to be on-leash at all times while in Blackmore Oval

Council has received concerns about dog owners not cleaning up dog faeces, and sticks and holes being dug on the oval.

The risk of players or the general community stepping in dog waste or injuring themselves on discarded sticks or tripping in holes, is high at Blackmore Oval. This is also creating an ongoing maintenance problem to the playing surface.

The recommendation in the PoM is for dogs to be permitted within Blackmore Oval, however they must be on a leash at all times. There are various other parks in close proximity to Blackmore Oval (including Hawthorne Canal Reserve) where dogs can be exercised off leash without restriction.


Details of the Master Plan

Click on the small arrows in the right corner to enlarge the image. Click on a circle to find out what's being proposed.

How to have your say

Council invites you to provide feedback on the draft plans. You can provide feedback by

  • Completing the online survey below
  • Attend an on-site engagement session at Blackmore Oval on Saturday 25 May 2024 10am to 12pm
  • Mailing your submission to Inner West Council, PO Box 14, Petersham 2049, attention to Heather Palmisani
  • Email parksplanning@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
  • Calling a FREE Interpreter or the National Relay Service, Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm and provide our phone number 02 9392 5311.
    • Free Interpreter call TIS National on 131 450
    • Voice relay call 1300 555 727
    • TTY call 133 677
    • SMS relay call 0423 677 767

Last day to provide feedback is Wednesday 29 May 2024.


Online survey

What happens next?

Council will consider all feedback and the draft Blackmore Oval Plan of Management and Master Plan may be amended accordingly prior to Council's final decision. Everyone who provided feedback will be notified.


We acknowledge that this land area traditionally belonged to the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora nation.

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