History of The Paddocks

Released on 19 April 2018
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(This article appears in the April 2018 edition of Salisbury Aware)

The Paddocks is one of the most significant recreations, open space, and wetland areas within Salisbury. Council is currently developing a Masterplan to inform future planning and projects within the area. The Masterplan precinct includes the wetlands, recreation and sport areas, and the adjacent residential area.

In the early 1970s, residential development was proposed for the area known as the Para Hills Paddocks. The local community objected, and as a result,  46 hectares were reserved for open space and recreational purposes. Public consultation identified a desire for a wide range of recreational facilities and landscape development, including playing fields, courts, a lake and natural bushland.

The City of Salisbury was given the task of designing the area allocated for open space. Following approval of the concept, construction commenced in 1975.

The extensive tree planting program began in 1977, and while this was substantially completed within a few years, additional plantings, particularly understory and wetland species, continue to be carried out.

Facilities for active recreation and community use have been progressively provided – change rooms and club rooms for sporting clubs, netball courts, a community house, toilets, playground, bird hide and a lawn bowls complex.

The wetlands have been extended several times by constructing banks and weirs. The wetlands now cover an area of 6 hectares.

Project Stages

Council is currently developing a Masterplan to inform future planning and projects within the area. The Masterplan precinct includes the wetlands, recreation and sport areas, and the adjacent residential area.

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Phase 1 community consultation was completed in December 2017 which has informed the drafting of the Masterplan.  The engagement included drop in sessions, online and postal surveys and meetings with key stakeholders. Almost 400 surveys where completed.

The Draft Masterplan is currently being prepared and will be presented to Elected Members in early 2018.  Following council’s endorsement of the Draft Masterplan Phase 2 community consultation will begin. This is expected to occur between April and June 2018.

Feedback from stage 2 community consultation will be considered and a final Masterplan presented to council mid-2018 for final endorsement.

Project Information

You can stay up to date with the project through the project web page

www.salisbury.sa.gov.au/ThePaddocksMasterplan