Parks & Reserves Management

Plans of Management (PoMs) are strategic documents that guide the use, development and management of all public open space owned by Council or under Council’s control. They identify land management issues, sets out objectives, identify and prioritise required works and actions and nominate performance indicators.

PoMs may be either generic (incorporating various parks and reserves with similar characteristics and/or uses), or significant area (prepared for some of our most significant individual parks).

Plans of Management - Generic and Geographic

Bushland (939KB)

Foreshore Parks and Reserves (1MB)

Neighbourhood Parks (1MB)

Playgrounds (1MB)

Sportsgrounds (2MB)

Plans of Management - Significant Area

Anderson Park (86MB)

Bradfield Park (574KB)

Cremorne Reserve (2MB)

Forsyth Park (2MB)

North Sydney Oval (2MB)

Smoothey Park (2MB)

St Leonards Park (727KB)

St Thomas Rest Park (3MB)

Tunks Park (75MB)

Council's PoMs are prepared in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993. Although only required to address Council-owned community land, in the interest of holistic management of open space they also include Crown land. The PoMs are updated every 5-7 years to ensure policy and planning issues remain relevant, and to identify required new actions and works. 

Public comments regarding any of our PoMs may be submitted at any time to  They can be considered and incorporated into the relevant new PoM when it is next reviewed.



Plans of Management (PoMs) for Crown Land

In 2020, the Crown Land Management Act 2016 requires Councils in NSW to prepare new PoMs for all Crown reserves under their management. In North Sydney, this will require us to replace all but three of our existing PoMs, and to prepare one or two entirely new PoMs. Find out more about Council’s new Plans of Management for Crown Land,. and have your say.



Parks Masterplans & Related Documents 

Lavender Bay Parklands Landscape Masterplan 2008

Concept Masterplan for the Lavender Bay Parklands - Part 1 (2MB)

Concept Masterplan for the Lavender Bay Parklands - Part 2 (3MB)

Concept Masterplan for the Lavender Bay Parklands - Part 3 (2MB)

St Leonards Park Masterplan 2018

Executive Summary (585KB)

Analysis (15MB)

Consultation (3MB)

Landscape Masterplan (13MB)

Appendix (2MB)

St Leonards Park Conservation Plan 2013

St Leonards Park - Conservation Management Plan (12MB)



Other Open Space Planning Documents

North Sydney Recreation Needs Study 2015

Recreation Needs Study 2015 (5MB)

Recreation Needs Study 2015 - Supporting Document (1MB)

Open Space Provision Strategy

Open Space Provision Strategy (6MB)

Playgrounds Methodology 

Playgrounds Methodology (534KB)  



Other Parks Management Documents

Pesticide Use Notification Plan

Pesticide Use Notification Plan (214KB)

The New South Wales Pesticides Regulation 1995 requires public authorities such as Council to prepare a Pesticide Use Notification Plan that outlines how we will notify the community of pesticide applications made to public places, as above.

The Plan describes:

  • What public places are covered by the plan;
  • who regularly uses these public places and an estimate of the level of use;
  • how and when North Sydney Council will provide the community with information about its pesticide applications in public places (i.e. what notification arrangements will be used); and
  • how the community can access this plan and get more information.