Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan

Have Your Say on the draft Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan until 8 February 2021.

The Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct runs along the North and South Para rivers and is a community sporting and recreation focus for the Gawler and regional communities.

The Gawler Aquatic Centre and Gawler Sport & Community Centre are located within the precinct. It is also the home of the following community and sporting lease/license holder organisations:

  • Gawler & District Netball Association
  • Gawler & District Tennis Association
  • Gawler Agricultural, Horticultural & Floricultural Society
  • Gawler Amateur Swimming Club
  • Gawler Bowling Club
  • Gawler Central Sporting Club
  • Gawler Greyhound Racing Club
  • Gawler Petanque Club
  • Gawler Primary School (Department for Education)
  • Para Homing Pigeon Club

The Gawler Showgrounds and Princes Park is the venue for key annual regional community events including the Gawler Show, Relay for Life, Swap Meets, and Car Shows.

The development of the Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan will provide strategic planning and direction for a highly utilised and significant regional community precinct. It will also allow sporting and community organisations to develop their own facilities and identity in line with the strategic direction for the precinct.

To address key identified issues across Essex Park and the Gawler Showgrounds, the following five Design Principles have been nominated to infuse all aspects of the Master Plan:

  • Draw In River Character
  • Create Community Destinations
  • Deliver Sustainable Outcomes Across the Site
  • Improve Connections With Precinct and Beyond
  • Future Proof Facilities

The physically large and varied project area of Essex Park and the Gawler Showgrounds has been segmented into the following five precinct planning areas, with specific plans developed for each of these five areas:

  • Essex Park & Aquatic Centre
  • Hallam Drive
  • Netball Association
  • Princes Park & Gawler Showgrounds
  • Gawler Oval

An Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan has been prepared to guide the future growth of sport and recreation facilities in response to projected growth in population and sport participation levels in the Gawler region.

The draft Master Plan provides a long-term vision for the key community asset, with proposed staged delivery to occur over the next fifteen plus years. The proposed staging for the implementation of the draft Master Plan has been prioritised into the following delivery windows within the draft Plan:

  • First Steps – projects identified for priority, nominally across the seven years following the finalisation of the Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan
  • Moving Forwards – projects, in many cases incorporating significant infrastructure development projects identified for future development, nominally beyond eight years of the finalisation of the Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan

The draft Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan report provides details and images of the draft Plan, with individual images available in the Draft Master Plan Image Library.

Have Your Say

Council is seeking comments and feedback on the draft Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan from the Gawler Community. You can get involved and provide your comments about the draft Master Plan through the following methods:

A survey has been developed to capture community comments and feedback on the draft Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan.

To complete the online survey CLICK HERE

Hard copies of the survey are available from the following Council facilities:

  • Gawler Sport & Community Centre
  • Gawler Aquatic Centre
  • Gawler Administration Centre
  • Gawler Public Library – Gawler Civic Centre

The survey closes at 5pm, Monday 8 February 2021.

Ask a Question or Make a Submission

Council’s Project Manager can be contacted through your Voice Gawler allowing community members to ask questions or make submissions about the draft Master Plan or other aspects of this project.

This can be done HERE

Council will be hosting a number of Face to Face Drop In Sessions for members of the community to attend. These sessions will allow for community members to discuss the draft Essex Park & Gawler Showgrounds Regional Sporting Precinct Master Plan and ask questions of Council staff members and project consultants.

Gawler Civic Centre

  • Monday 18 January 2021               2.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Thursday 21 January 2021             10.00am to 11.00am

Gawler Sport & Community Centre

  • Saturday 30 January 2021             10.00am to 12.00 Midday

Bookings are not required for any of these Community Drop In Sessions.

Draft Master Plan Image Library

Document Library

Key Dates

  • Monday 11 January 2021 - Community Consultation Commences
  • Monday 8 February 2021 - Community Consultation Closes

Project Contact

If you have any questions or would like further information about this project please contact Bryce Norton – Team Leader Recreation and Community Strategy:

essexshowgrounds@gawler.sa.gov.au

8522 9282