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The current Events in the Park Lands Policy and Guidelines will be revised and merged into the Park Lands Events Management Plan.
The following draft Policy Statements are included in the document for consultation:
Attract culturally diverse events of all types and sizes, that delight and inspire, to create vibrancy across the Park Lands
Support respectful co-existence between events and the local community and residents, aiming for cooperative business and social opportunities which provide benefits for all, by ensuring a good fit between an event type and an event site
Support event organisers to hold welcoming, accessible and safe events for all that leave people of all backgrounds with lasting positive memories of our City.
There are also draft policy positions on Consultation and Engagement; Application and Approvals, Care and Custodianship of the Park Lands and Fees and Charges.
About the Guidelines
The Guidelines provide more specific guidance for event organisers and Council in managing events in the Park Lands, in order to achieve Council policy.
The current Guidelines have been revised and simplified, and have been placed in four categories:
Planning a Great Event
Access to the Park Lands
Caring for the Park Lands
Each event will be required to complete its own Event Management Plan which will cover the operational detail of the event, to ensure the Guidelines are met.
About the Action Plan
The Action Plan sets out the nine initiatives that Council will undertake in the next four years to achieve its vision for events in the Park Lands, and to realise the Draft Park Lands Management Plan Strategy 1.5: Create spaces to accommodate cultural, sporting, artistic and recreational events of varying types and sizes.
About the Event Sites Maps
The last part of the document is a series of maps to show the event sites and categories as a Premium, Popular and Potential sites.
Why have the Premium, Popular and Potential categories been developed?
The research and analysis phase of the project showed that the Premium sites are highly valued, have the highest demand, best infrastructure and yet also needed recovery time to maintain the expectations of public access and amenity. It also found that there are a range of other areas that, if encouraged, could be made more attractive for event use, to reduce the pressure on Premium sites and the community around the Premium sites.
Why are there five Pilot sites within the Potential category?
To meet the objectives of the Park Lands Management Strategy, an opportunity exists to create and promote more event sites in the Park Lands, and to encourage event organisers and the community to use them. Images of the pilot sites can be seen here.