Save Gardiner Park

Gardiner Park is an 86 year old park in the Sydney suburb of Banksia, south of the CBD and is zoned RE1, Recreational. It was opened in 1935 as part of a work relief scheme during the depression.

Without public consultation, Bayside Council will use $3 million of community money to upgrade this natural park to synthetic. Against the zoning it will now favour only one sport, Soccer, and alienate all other activities. The synthetic field will sit 1.2 metres higher than the current field as it sits in a floodway, will have a 1.2m surrounding fence and 3 x 6m high screens at the goal ends. Open space will become enclosed space.

Link to our Go Fund Me page is Here

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Our Concerns

The Evidence

Dangerous behaviours

Sunday night a riot broke out at a soccer field. Spectators ran onto the field and punched players. It escalated. More fighting on the field ignited a rush of fighting all around the stadium. To protect other onlookers, teenagers, women, children and older people, they were corralled and protected from the rioters Flares were set … More


Thursday 22 April 2021 live from NSW Parliament House David Shoebridge, Greens MLC suggested this webinar with three experts hosts we knew had excellent information on the environmental effects of synthetic fields and the how the options to have real grass (yes, reall grass in a park) are easiter to acheive than expected. The webinar … More

Answers from Ministers

5033 – Planning and Public Spaces – GARDINER PARK DEVELOPMENT Minister Rob Stokes Shoebridge, David to the Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women representing the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces What steps, if any, have been taken to ensure any conflicts of interests are managed for this development, specifically any involving Polytan, … More

Questioning the Minister, Rob Stokes

The Minister from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, was questioned in NSW Parliament during Budget Estimates about synthetic fields and microplastics. Budget Estimates is a key process for government accountability and transparency. The Budget Estimates inquiry involves detailed questioning on the decisions, actions and advice of ministers and public servants. In preparation for this day, Friends … More

And when it rains

A big part of the cost of this upgrade is going to flood mitigation. The park sits in a floodway with outlets designed in the 1930’s to capture the overland flow from the upper areas and prevent flooding to the lower areas and those houses. In October 2014 the park flooded and several houses across … More

Health risks, heat and children

Are our parks safe with heat, rubber crumb and potential heat stress.  Are these the parks we want for our communities?  Councils and groups installing synthetic are often unaware of the health and environmental consequences of these fields.  Friends of Gardiner Park have investigated a series of studies both in Australia, the US and Europe … More

Protest tonight with David Shoebridge

David Shoebridge visits Gardiner Park, offers support to anti-synthetic community group Greens MP and Chair of the current NSW inquiry looking into the allocation of Government Grants will be speaking to the local community about Gardiner Park. When: Thursday 21st January 7pm Where: Gardiner Park, Banksia Who: Greens MP David Shoebridge, Friends of Gardiner Park, … More

Dear Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth,    This is a story about the loss of green space, of the twisting of heritage into a vote catching opportunity, and the blindness of councillors to other residents. There are two, no three assets,  in our small but old suburb.  The train station,   the local park and the lebanese pizza shop where … More

Big News – Work Has Stopped

On 25 November 2020, Friends of Gardiner Park Inc took Bayside Council to the Land & Environment Court and received an emergency hearing due to the scheduled work to strip, rip and rotary hoe the grass at Gardiner Park. The court ordered the work to stop until the Notice of Motion can be heard on … More

New Aussie Film ‘The Park’

I have this idea for a movie. It’s called ‘The Park’ where a group of earnest, dog-loving locals, fight a dogmatic council (no pun) hell bent on installing an expensive and unnecessary synthetic soccer field in their local park. After appealing to their Councillors who nod their heads and listen, but shrug their shoulders and … More

Petition to Council

We are learning how to get through to council and councillors, the people who are meant to represent us and our concerns. We have been advised to submit a formal petition, on paper, to council. Currently we have a few teams of people walking and door knocking the streets, talking to residents and getting signatures. … More

Newsletter #1

The truth about the Gardiner Park upgrade Last week a colourful brochure was delivered to residents from Bayside Council with information about the upgrade to Gardiner Park and an update on the front page of council’s website In response: we as residents have responded with our own newsletter. click the link above to access. Enjoy, … More


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