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.

Want to join ‘Friends of Gardiner Park’ ? It’s only $5 and the on-line form is here

Land & Environment Court Date – March 10 and 11, 2022

Our Concerns

The Evidence

Court Dates & Bayside Council

We are in interesting times. Bayside Council is building a synthetic soccer field while the case against it is still to be decided. We have all watched this play out for more than a year. This message today is a summary of what actions have been taken, where we are headed and what we can … More

Court challenge update

“FoGP remains positive that there is strong potential to win this case and yesterday’s Notice of Motion hearing strengthens our optimism in potentially being successful.” Yesterday was an important court date for The Friends in their challenge to test if the work at Gardiner Park is valid. The following is our letter to Bayside Councillors. … More

10 years later, Millions of $$ lacking

Bayside Council published their Quarterly Budget Review, March 2021 (24 pages) The first two pages are a summary with a particular note for Gardiner Park. “Due to extended delays in the delivery of the works at Gardiner park, Council has occured legal costs and additional project costs of some $400k. These costs will continue to … More

Social Impact

Next week many of us, and others from groups around Sydney, are going to a community consultation into synthetic fields conducted by Minister Stokes office. Synthetic Turf Study According to the agenda the following topics will be discussed, 1. enviromental, 2. social, 3. economic in relation to synthetic fields. From our experience, and the documents … More

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


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