Manly Council is proposing to build a 800 space car-park under Manly Oval, demolish the existing 395 space car-park in Whistler Street & the library in a controversial plan to pedestrianise Manly's CBD.
The current proposal includes the demolition of both the Whistler Street car-park and Manly library, which is only 18 years old. A total spend of around $80 million. Add to this the $15m already to be borrowed for the Manly Swim Centre upgrade and you are looking at a borrowing liability of close to $100 million.
If this plan goes ahead, Manly Council 's borrowing liabilities will increase from $17.69m today to $92m by 2017/2018 (Source: Community Strategic Plan pg. 91, currently on exhibition. Download copy below).
Driven by the Mayor Jean Hay and her Liberal team of Councillors, the 2015 Vision has raised many questions about the financial viability of the Plan and whether in fact rather than revitalising Manly's town centre it will drive locals away.
Rather than demolishing the carpark used by locals and building a carpark for tourists, Good For Manly has designed an alternative plan to save the Manly Village atmosphere for a cost of around $2m vs $80m. See details below.
(*Depending upon which Council document you read, the cost of the car park has been quoted from $31.5m to $36m. Our advise is that the cost would be closer to $40 million. The validity of the 'revenue generating' forecast is also questionable according to our three independent experts. As the General Manager of Manly Council has refused on numerous occasions to provide Councilors a copy of the full KPMG financial viability study, commissioned by Council for Council, Councillor Bingham has had to rely on the opinions of other very credible industry experts. Which raises the question: What is in the KPMG report that the General Manager does not want Councillors to discover?)
Watch this short video to get an understanding of the issue and to see our plans:
A resounding NO is the feedback we’ve been getting about the controversial plan by the current council to put an 800 space car park under Manly’s historic oval/village green.
Good for Manly does not support the $40m+ car park under the Manly Oval proposal.
The 2015 Plan simply has too many flaws:
Good for Manly does not support the oval car park idea. We believe a more effective traffic management plan for Manly's CBD is needed. We support safer cycling, better public transport and the improvement the utilisation of existing parking infrastructure.
Updated details of Manly Council's 2015 Plan can be viewed here.
Download a copy of the Draft Community Strategic Plan here
What do you think? Please add your comments and ideas.
Our Locals' Plan to Revitalise ‘Market Place’
A new 'heart' for Manly locals ....
The current Council’s 2015 Plan, at its core, proposes the demolition of the Whistler Street carpark and the library, and building a multi-storey carpark under Manly Oval. This action in one stroke will cost ratepayers in excess of $80 million, will destroy the historic oval and remove parking to a distant, underground and undesirable location.
IN CONTRAST our alternative plan, developed by former local resident Sam George, who is a Snr Urban Design Planner with RobertsDay, aims to upgrade the Whistler St plaza area as well as the adjoining land so that it is a functional village centre and a new heart for Manly locals.
This area can be transformed without major building construction or demolishing any existing council assets.
The old carpark could be transformed with a green wall of vegetation effect, an outdoor community cinema created, new paving, seating and landscaping all adding to the local village character.
The space then provides an area for 'pop-ups' whether it be an art show, market, community group activity or even a Friday night Salsa class.
Around $1.5 million, compared to Council's current plan of $80 million. As a ratepayer, what do you think is a better solution?
What we stand for:
3 hour free parking for locals
Stop $40m* car park under Manly Oval
Improved infrastructure for ALL our suburbs
Restore the village character of Manly
More assistance for small businesses
Free Wi-Fi in retail areas
Create a world-class Harbour Pool
Prohibit over-development of the Royal Far West site
Provide safer commuter & recreational cycling
Revitalise Seaforth TAFE site as a community centre
Create Public Art Precincts
Protect & enhance our natural & marine environment