Belmore Park Fence

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined


Belmore Park Fence

Moved by Councillor Thalis, seconded by Councillor Forster –

It is resolved that:

(A)      Council note:

(i)         the Belmore Park Draft Plan of Management was developed back in 1993;

(ii)        the City's Chinatown and City South Public Domain review in 2015 recommended:

(a)       a Master Plan be developed for Belmore Park;

(b)       accessibility, appearance and amenity of the park for all users be improved;

(c)       entrances to the park and, where possible, the permeability of the park’s edges be improved;

(d)       the sense of openness within the park be improved;

(e)       that the fence and understorey planting along the western edge of the park be removed to improve physical and visual permeability; and

(f)        new access points be created from the footpath along the western viaduct into the park;

(iii)      the City is working on an updated City South Public Domain Plan;

(iv)      governments in other jurisdictions are working on projects that open up, improve access, and lower and remove fences around their parks (e.g. Parks Without Borders in New York City);

(v)       Belmore Park is a key pedestrian route between Haymarket and Central Station;

(vi)      entrances to Belmore Park are limited to Eddy Avenue and Hay Street; and

(vii)     Belmore Park is situated in between two high embankments that support road, light rail and heavy rail and that create a significant barrier for people accessing the park; and


(B)      the Lord Mayor be requested to write to the Minister for Transport requesting:

(i)         the removal of the fence along the western boundary of Belmore Park; and

(ii)        installation of additional entry points (particularly in the south-western corner of the park for people walking to and from Railway Square, Central Railway Station and the Light Rail terminus).

Carried unanimously.


Report author: Rebekah Celestin

Publication date: 19/11/2018

Date of decision: 19/11/2018

Decided at meeting: 19/11/2018 - Council

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