I find it quite sad that Arlington Reserve, the buildings, seats & grandstand are not regarded as historical.

I find it quite sad that Arlington Reserve, the buildings, seats & grandstand are not regarded as historically worthy of protection under the LEP.

Clr Gardiner has asked the following interesting questions in a Notice of Motion for tomorrow night’s Marrickville Council Meeting.  Note: I have not included all the questions. Bold is Council’s answer. –

“Please outline what steps have been taken to determine what the disposal costs are likely to be should the removal of 300-500mm of soil & existing drainage & irrigation systems be necessary in the proposed installation of artificial turf at Arlington Reserve.

Soil testing is being undertaken to determine the likely waste classification of any excavated material which will influence disposal costs. The results will be included in the tender documentation of the ‘design & construction’ contract to enable pricing at the time of tender.

Please advise what steps have been taken to determine if water drainage from Arlington Reserve will be connected to the Sydney Water stormwater system & the likely costs of such connection.

Drainage requirements including the need to provide a new connection to the Sydney Water system have not as yet been determined. This will be determined during the detailed design phase.

Please advise what inquiries have been made regarding the ongoing maintenance & repair costs of an artificial turf surface at Arlington Oval. What specialist machinery will be required & what is the likely cost of such machinery?

In preparing the Arlington report presented to Council on 19 February advice was sought from operators of similar synthetic fields installed in Sydney & a supplier as to the indicative maintenance requirements. These inquiries indicated that an annual maintenance cost of approximately $25,000 per year can be expected. The estimated capital cost of a specialist grooming machine required as part of the ongoing maintenance is approximately $50,000. Alternatively specialised maintenance could be outsourced.

Please advise why Council would assume costs of accreditation to FIFA 1 Star of an artificial turf surface at Arlington.

FIFA standards provide two levels of playing surface certification. FIFA 1 Star is intended for community & municipal use generally at club level whilst FIFA 2 Star accreditation is intended for professional level. Specifying FIFA 1 Star, at least at the initial construction phase, is considered essential to ensure an acceptable quality of workmanship, surface quality & durability is delivered by the contractor suitable for intended use.

Please advise if a formal heritage assessment of the Arlington Reserve has been undertaken, if not when will such an assessment be conducted?

A formal heritage assessment is not proposed for this project as Arlington Reserve is not a listed heritage item under the Marrickville LEP. It is intended that heritage impacts would however be assessed as part of the Review of Environmental Factors.   

Please advise the current status of the Assessment of Significance of the Arlington Reserve under Section 5a of EP&A Act & s94 of the TSC Act.

A Threatened Species assessment is currently being undertaken. The findings will be incorporated into the overall Review of Environmental Factors for the project which is yet to commence.”

I find Council’s answers very interesting.  I am shocked to learn that Arlington Reserve is not listed as a heritage item & receiving protection under the LEP.  I would have thought that with its special history & lovely infrastructure, it would have made the grade.

The Dictionary of Sydney says the following about Arlington Reserve – “Arlington Oval, once several deep disused brick pits, was filled in & converted to recreational use in 1932.  During the 1938 British Empire Games, women athletes competed at Arlington Oval.”   See – http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/dulwich_hill

I am also surprised that a Threatened Species Assessment has not been completed before saying yes to covering the playing field with synthetic turf.  This area is known to have Long-nosed Bandicoots, which are on the endangered species list.  Currently the rail line in The Greenway is being worked on & soon work will commence on the Light Rail Station directly opposite Arlington Reserve.  You just need to look over the bridge to see that habitat has been destroyed (it is unavoidable), so wildlife will be elsewhere until this area is revegetated & quiet again.  Bandicoots like to forage in open fields so I would expect Arlington Oval to be a regular place to dine for them.

Apparently Marrickville Council have said that they will only work on one area at a time in Bandicoot areas.  Well this is technically correct, as NSW Transport is the other agency, but two areas of habitat so close to each other must put a strain on the Bandicoots.

These are great questions from Clr Gardiner allowing the community to have more information than what was previously available.

Work currently happening along the light rail line & the Greenway. As you can see most of the vegetation has needed to be cleared.

Work currently happening along the light rail line & the Greenway. As you can see most of the vegetation had to be cleared.

Sign about Arlington Light Rail Station.  Arlington Recreation Reserve is located at the bottom of the image in the sign.  It doesn't take much imagination to think the wildlife will cross the road here.

Sign about Arlington Light Rail Station. Arlington Recreation Reserve is located at the bottom of the image in the sign. It doesn’t take much imagination to think the wildlife will cross the road here, especially as Council have created very nice green traffic islands & verges where they could hide while cars pass.

 

 

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