Master plan green light: Thirlmere facilities boost

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In response to feedback from residents, Wollondilly Shire Council has made a few changes to Thirlmere Memorial Park and Thirlmere Sportsground master plan.

Council, which gave the green light to the plan last week, will leave the tennis courts in their current location rather than move them.

The decision to retain the tennis courts in their current location also allows for the fast tracking of upgrades to the playground, which was identified as a priority by the community.

 “The vision for Memorial Park and Thirlmere Sportsground is to create an active and vibrant green space that provides for the social and recreational needs of the community,” says Mayor Matt Gould.

“Memorial Park is the heart of Thirlmere, and the master plan aims to enhance the open spaces along Oaks Street while maintaining the village character.

“The plan is also focussed on optimising the use of space across both sites and improving accessibility between the sites,’’ he said.

“Valuable input from stakeholders and the community through two rounds of community consultation has helped shape the vision, principles, and design options for the two sites, and I’d like to thank everyone who provided input during this master planning process.

“We will proceed with the upgrade of the Memorial Park playground in the 2024/25 operational plan, something that we know is important to the community.”

Council also reaffirmed its decision to leave the community hall in Westbourne Avenue with funding from WestInvest already committed to build a new hall in that location.

Two facilities for Thirlmere will now provide for a much wider range of community uses and needs – even more facilities than there were before.

During discussions on the master plan, council also decided to relocate the proposed water play facilities to an alternative location at Tahmoor with any implementation to remain on hold for a minimum of 18 months to allow time to identify any improvements that can be learned from the new waterplay facility at The Oaks.

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