Council, in conjunction with ROSS Planning, developed a Plan of Management for Open Space.
The plan looks at the future management of Broken Hill's parks, ovals, sporting fields and pedestrian and cycle ways and examines Broken Hill's current and future demand for open space areas, potential improvements to existing parks and sporting fields and identifies the open space needs of the community for the next 20 years.
The plan classifies of all parks as local, district or city and sets out the basic performance standard for each type. Adoption of these standards means that some parks are upgraded whilst others may be reduced in size and/or maintained to a lower standard. The amenities at some parks might be removed as they would not be required for a park of that classification.
The plan notes that while, in comparison to some other Local Government Areas, Broken Hill has less formal open space available for recreation, that there are nevertheless some opportunities to encourage increased shared use of some facilities. This will enable Council to consider upgrading these facilities as community use increases.
Using the plan, Council will be able to more effectively budget for improvements and maintenance of open spaces. In addition, the plan will assist Council to work together with facility user groups to ensure that the community's needs and expectations for sporting and recreational space are better met.