What is a Plan of Management (PoM)?

    A Plan of Management is a document that provides a framework for managing a land resource.

    It identifies land management issues, sets out objectives and performance targets, describes the means by which Council proposes to achieve these objectives and performance targets and the manner in which Council proposes to assess its performance with respect to the plan’s objectives and performance targets. 

    Please see Council's website for the current Plans of Management.

    What is Crown land?

    Crown land is land that is owned by the NSW Government.

    It has been reserved from private sale and includes lands retained for public recreation and environmental purposes.

    Why are we preparing these Plans of Management for Crown land?

    It is important to have a Plan of Management for public land. The documents help ensure Council is successful in managing the parks to the expectation of the community. 

    Our current Plans of Management are up for review due to changes in the Crown Land Management Act 2016.

    As the land manager for over 20 Crown land reserves, Council is required to prepare a Plan of Management for each reserve by July 2021. 

    Due to the volume of Plans that need to be completed, the documents will not have the same detail as previously adopted Plans of Management. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment has created a proposed PoM outline for Crown land managers to follow, to ensure the minimum legislative requirements can be met. 

    The suggested approach involves:

    1. Identifying land management issues

    2. Setting out objectives and performance targets

    3. Describing the means by which Council proposes to achieve these objectives and performance targets 

    4. Describing the manner in which Council proposes to assess its performance with respect to the plan’s objectives and performance targets. 

    When will the Plans of Management be completed?

    Compliant Plans of Management for Crown Reserves must be adopted by Council by 30 June 2021.

    Which parks are included?

    Council is the land manager for the following dedicated or reserved Crown lands:

    Bellevue Park, Camp Cove Reserve, Christison Park, Double Bay Beach, Forsyth Park, Gap Park (including The Gunyah), Lighthouse Reserve, Lyne Park (including Rose Bay War Memorial and Tingira Reserve), McKell Park, Parsley Bay Reserve, Robertson Park, Rose Bay Park, Rushcutters Bay Park, Samuel Park, Signal Hill Reserve, Sir David Martin Reserve (including Plantation Reserve), Steyne Park (including The Steyne and Steyne Park Foreshore), Tea Gardens, Trumper Park and Yarranabbe Park.

    Our reserves have been categorised as required by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

    Based on advice from the NSW Department of Planning,  Industry and Environment, our approach has recently changed and we are now producing a generic PoM for the Crown reserves, except those that have been categorised as culturally significant, as these require a specific PoM.


    Please note that recent advice from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment about the type of management required for Dumaresq Foreshore, Johnston Lookout and Watsons Bay Baths Foreshore means that these reserves are not included in this project, since they are under the control of Council.


    Why aren't all parks in Woollahra on this list?

    This project only relates to the dedicated or reserved Crown lands for which Council is the Crown land manager.

    Other parks (such as Cooper Park) may be Council owned community land and as such are not included in this project. 

    Please see Council's website for all current Plans of Management.

    How will the community be able to participate?

    The community can:

    • complete the survey
    • leave a comment in the guestbook
    • attend the park "pop-ups" 


    Information gathered will be used to create a draft document which will be put on public exhibition for community and Council endorsement.

    How can you have your say?

    It’s easy to have your say. Just login or register for Your Say Woollahra

    We will keep this page updated with information such as key dates, news articles and links to Draft PoM projects.

    Why is Sir David Martin Reserve included when extensive consultation was done recently?

    Community consultation was undertaken last year as part of the plan of management process for Sir David Martin Reserve. 

    The draft report is currently on hold whilst the NSW Government considers listing the Sir David Martin Reserve on the State Heritage Register.  

    Since Sir David Martin Reserve is immediately adjacent to other reserves included in this project, we have included it here again in the survey for consistency over all of the Crown reserves.

    Why are we asking about some of the "local parks" again?

    Following recent advice from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, a generic PoM will now be prepared for all of the Crown reserves for which Council is the Crown land manager.

    For this reason we have included all of the reserves in this survey. Comments gathered from the previous "local parks" survey will still be included in the project.