An Interim Heritage Order has been sought from the Heritage Council to protect Ivanhoe Park & Manly Oval as a Heritage Item.
Manly Oval & Ivanhoe Park is listed as an Item of Heritage in the Manly Planning Scheme and no " excavation or development work “ can be undertaken until a Heritage Report is prepared and considered. No such report or consideration has been given although Council is proceeding to call tenders.
Ivanhoe Park & Manly Oval have significant Heritage & Historic value dating back to before Proclamation as a Park in 1887.
Many significant historical events have occurred on the Oval including the final practice match for the
Australian Aboriginal Cricket in 1868 prior there departure for a 47 game tour of England. This is additionally significant as they were the first Australian representative team of any sport to tour overseas.
It is believed that Manly Oval, in its natural context, is the best example in Sydney and possibly Australia of a Public Recreation Oval integrated into a "village" area. For this reason together with the rich history of recorded events which have taken place in the Park, careful preservation and celebration of this place is essential and is currently at serious risk.
Former Manly Council Town Planner and Urban Design Consultant, Rob Burgess, has headed a team of local historians which have championed the documentation of the heritage significance of Manly Oval in the light of the proposal to build a major car park under the site.
In addition, a community working group has been formed to prepare and lodge a request to the Heritage Council of NSW for the listing of Ivanhoe Park Manly on the State Heritage Register.
This decision was made at the Ivanhoe Park Precinct Committee meeting on 29 July 2015.
The group includes representatives from Ivanhoe Park, Fairlight and North Harbour Precinct committees, Stephen Richards from St. Andrews Church Management Committee, citizens Rob Burgess, David Barr and John Steggell with technical Heritage & Historic advice from Jim Boyce, Shelagh Champion OAM & George Champion OAM.
What are your memories of Manly Oval?
Candy Bingham, Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.