We're proposing to upgrade Gilgandra Reserve in North Bondi as part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining and enhancing Council’s parks and reserves. We're improving access in line with Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Inclusive Playspace Study, and bringing all play equipment up to date with the latest Australian Standards for safety.

Improvements will address the following actions in the Play Space Strategy:

  • A1 Provide a range of play experiences including active, imaginative, creative, social, quiet and free play
  • C1 Create play spaces that are memorable and include distinctive ways to experience play
  • Include free, quiet and social play spaces

The community response received during the consultation period demonstrated overall support and excitement for the proposed Gilgandra Reserve Upgrade.

Minor changes to the initial concept plan shared at Council’s Have Your Say day event have been captured in the document Gilgandra Reserve Concept Design - Revised Aug 2023 included in the document library on this page. These include:

  • The addition of planting beneath the existing Casuarinas adjacent to the vehicular laneway
  • The removal of seating adjacent to the vehicular laneway
  • Notation of play experience and material preferences


Gilgandra Reserve is owned by Sydney Water with a lease agreement allowing Council to use, manage and maintain the reserve for public use. Sydney Water’s consent is required for any upgrades on their land and Council Officers are actively working with Sydney Water on this project.

There are several key constraints to development on the land, including underground infrastructure and existing mature trees.

The play experience will be tailored to suit toddlers up to early school age, with an increase in the diversity of play opportunities.

Gilgandra playspace forms part of a network of closely located playspaces including Barracluff Park (District level playspace) and Niblick St (Pocket level playspace) that provide a variety of experiences and cater for older children.

How to have your say

Take a look at our proposed concept design for Gilgandra Reserve and share your feedback by completing the survey below or emailing us: