RIVER HEADS RESERVE STRATEGIC PLAN 2015 -2018

Abbreviations used

RHR = River Heads Reserve

FCRC = Fraser Coast Regional Council

RHPA = River Heads Progress Association meaning for management purposes River Heads Progress Association Management Committee

RHRSC = River Heads Reserve Sub Committee. Note RHRSC reports to and acts for the River Heads Progress Association Management Committee

RHRCP = River Heads Reserve Concept Plan

CEP = Community Environment Program meaning Fraser Coast Regional Council Community Environment Program

FCO = Fraser Coast Opportunities

BMRG = Burnett Mary Regional Group

 

Organisation Elements to Plan

Management: RHR Conceptual Plan, Governance, CEP Responsibilities/Interaction,Usage, Communication, Funding and Sponsorship.

Reserve Infrastructural Elements: Gardens, Children’s Playground, Bush Tucker/Butchella Area,Toilet Facilities, Shed/Shed Precinct, Car Park, Pathways, Lighting, Bridge, Barbecue/ Picnic Area, Seating and Shelter, Exercise Stations, Observation Tower, Bird Hides, Mangrove Boardwalk Walk, Other Sporting Facilities.

General: Storm Water, Water Supply, Power, Safety, Security.

 

 

 

 

Deliverable Person(s) Responsible Timeframe Resources KPI Comments
RIVER HEADS RESERVE CONCEPTUAL PLAN: to regularly consider and update the River Heads Reserve Conceptual Plan FCRCRHP,RHRSC 30.6.2015 FCRCRHP,RHRSC Seek a small amount of funding ca $200 and invite Dr Stephen Perry to revise the RHRCPRHRSC submit revisions/ amendments of the RHRCP through RHPA to FCRC for their approval.
Matters known to require attention are:

·          Shed

·          Playground

·          Others ?

 

Number of times RHRCP taken into consideration at RHRSC and RHPA meetings

 

Correspondence and discussions with FCRC

The River Heads Reserve Conceptual Plan developed by Dr Stephen Perry over the period 2006-2007and funded by FCRC and RHPA involved detailed consultation and negotiation with the immediate land owners around RHR and the wider community. This comprehensive document was subsequently adopted by FCRC 15th May 2007. This overarching document both plans and governs what is placed logistically on RHR.   To protect FCRC, RHPA and RHRSC it needs to be formally amended from time to time.
GOVERNANCE:to manage day to day activities at the RHR including maintenance of existing facilities and further development of new ones FCRCRHP,RHRSC Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

Further development of RHRMaintenance of existing facilities

 

Increased and more diversified use of RHR

RHR Management is constrained by visual amenity restrictions and according to the RHR Concept Plan 2007.
CEP Responsibilities/Interaction FCRCRHPARHRSC

FCRC CEP Officer

CEP RHR Coordinator

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

FCRC CEP Officer

CEP RHR Coordinator

Number of monthly working beesNumber of CEP volunteers logged

 

Number of CEP volunteers attending

 

Number of plants planted

 

Number of plants surviving

FCRC has a Community Environment Program which coordinates community volunteers to undertake tasks in the nursery in the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens and FCRC Reserves. This CEP program provides volunteers to undertake tasks such as planting and weeding on the RHR in the form of a monthly working bee and at other times as required. The FCRC CEP nominates a CEP coordinator for RHR who is a member of the RHPA.
USAGE to encourage usage of existing facilities by RH residents and the wide Fraser Coast Community FCRCRHPARHRSC Ongoing FCRCFCPARHRSC

FCO

Business

Community Groups

 

Increased usage of existing facilitiesNo of enquiries re usage

 

New usage eg new events Seafood Festival and or Lifestyle Expo

New usage of facilities depends to some degree upon communication.A communication strategy is to be developed with RHPA re RHR usage
COMMUNICATION to develop a communication strategy re usage of RHR FCRCRHPARHRSC 31.12.2015 NewspapersInternetRHPA Facebook page

FCO

FCRC

Increased usage of existing facilitiesNew usage of RHRDevelopment of new facilities

Continued grant success re funding for maintenance and new facilities

FUNDING and SPONSORSHIP toraise funds for RHR maintenanceand continued development of RHR RHPAHRSC Ongoing FCRC annual budgetGrants (Govt and Non Govt) Grant funding achievedSponsorship program conceptualised

 

Sponsorship program initiated

 

No of sponsorships achieved :

 

·          Platinum $5k

·          Gold $3k

·          Silver $1k

·          Bronze $0.5k

·          Copper $0.2k

 

Increased awareness of RHR

RHR has been developed by River Heads Community Volunteers and the RHPA assisted by FCRC and grants and the FCRC.5 categories of sponsorships are to be actively sought to continue operations and development at RHR as well as grant funding.

 

Sponsorship comes with benefits to sponsors (dependent upon sponsorship category) and includes   advertising (website, media and RH Review), naming rights, inside signage, seat dedication and complementary tickets to functions.

GARDENS to maintain existing gardens and adjacent grassed areas and further develop new areas aiming for some degree of sustainability RHPARHRSCFCRC CEP Officer

CEP Coordinator RHR

CEP Volunteers

Ongoing CEP Nursery plantsMachinery (mowing and whipper snipping)

 

Hand held gardening tools and wheel barrows

 

Grant funding, sponsorships and donations

 

CEP volunteers maintain interest and new ones attractedTotal number of volunteer hours is maintained and increased

 

Volunteer age is diversified to include more younger people

 

Natural reseeding and colonisation occurs

 

Native Fauna is attracted to RHR

 

 

Visual amenity issues were negotiated with RHR neighbours over the period 2006 to 2007 so that plantings on RHR do not interfere with views towards the sea.
NevilleWatson Oval to maintain and improve the Neville Watson Oval and its associated facilities RHPARHRSC Ongoing RHPARHRSCGrant funding, sponsorships and donations

Qld Govt

 

Existing soil piles tested and if soil suitable spread along the bankOval levelled and top dressed

 

Grant funding applications developed and submitted

 

Grant funding achieved

 

Reticulation pipes installed

 

Sprinklers installed

 

Installation of perimeter fencing

 

Training facilities developed

 

Existing shed adjacent to the oval use diversified from machinery storage and shelter for volunteers to also a canteen, change rooms and showers

 

 

The Neville Watson Oval was officially opened during 2014. It currently requires levelling and top dressing. The bank also requires top dressing to save existing turf. Soil is available on the reserve from oval construction. Its suitability however must be assess by scientific soil testing. It is pointless to level and top dress the oval without having a water supply (see water section below).Significant funding is required before any or all of these activities can proceed.
Children’s Playgroundto maintain and further develop the existing children’s playground area FCRCRHPARHRSC 31.12. 2015 FCRCRHRSCCEP

Grant funding, sponsorships and donations

 

Bench seating installedShade trees planted

 

No of playground weekly reports to FCRC

 

Increased usage of this facility by children and families

The children’s playground was installed early in 2015 and is currently being well used. RNRSC/RHPA has responsibility for safety reporting of equipment and surrounds weekly to FCRC.Seating is required for parents and grandparents supervising young children. Funding is currently being sought for this.Additionally shade trees arebe planted in the immediate vicinity.
Bush Tucker/Butchella Area FCRCRHPARHRSC

Butchella Elders

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

CEP

Grant funding

Number of additional bush tucker plants plantedNumber of bush tucker plants labelled

 

Story board installed

 

Number of meetings\discussions with Butchella Elders

 

Concept plan developed

 

Concept plan approved by Butchella Elders

 

Concept plan approved by FCRC

 

Funding and personnel identified

Project commenced

 

Project completed

 

It has been suggested by Personnel involved in the QLD Juvenile Justice Program which accesses RHR on a needs basis undertaking tasks such as weeding, watering and planting that the Bush Tucker area of RHR be expanded as a Butchella Culture Precinct eg dance area, yarning circle, totems, and story boards.The potential components of the cultural area are likely to take several years
Toilet Facilities. To maintain and expand toilet facilities at RHR FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

Toilet facilities are used without complaintNew facility constructed Toilet facilities which are also suitable for those with disabilities have been established at RHR. These facilities will require expansion with time and as visitor numbers increase.
Shed/Shed Precinct. To complete construction activities and further develop this additional facility  FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

31.12.2015Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

Donations

Sponsorship

Roller door fully installedShed at lockup stage and secure

 

Machinery Access/Entry Area concreted

 

Immediate surrounds concreted

 

Water tank funded and installed

 

Generator funded/donated/sponsored and installed on site

 

Plans drawn up for addition facilities (Phase 2)

 

Plans for addition facilities (Phase 2)   approved by FCRC

 

Grant application for further facilities (Phase 2) submitted and funded

 

(Phase 2) construction activities commenced

 

(Phase 2) construction activities completed

 

 

A shed was constructed in part during 2015 on RHR to store machinery, tools and provide shelter for volunteers from sun and weather events. Construction activities require completion to plan phase 1. Eventually it is planned to expand this facility to include a canteen, meeting room, change rooms, toilets and shower facilities (phase 2).
Carpark. FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

 

Parking area plan drawn up showing cars and busesParking area plan approved by FCRC

 

Grant funding submitted for setting out of the parking area disability friendly paths from the bus set down area to the reserve via a bridge over the large stormwater drain

 

Grant funding obtained

 

Construction commenced

 

Construction completed

There is a designated significant parking area to the RHS entry of RHR. This was approved by FCRC as part of the RHR Concept Plan.Currently funding is being sought to construct disability friendly pathways from the carpark to RHR via a bridge. This funding will also allow marking out of the parking area.

 

FCRC has been informed RHRSC in writing, that FCRC does not condone vehicular access to its’ Parks and Open Spaces’ other than approved service vehicles for maintenance & scheduled/approved events within these areas.

 

Pathways. To maintain and expand existing pathways on RHR  FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

Donations

Sponsorship

Pathways maintained in good orderFurther funding for pathways sourced

 

Upgrade existing crusher dust pathways (concrete edging)

 

Car park to toilet pathway constructed in concrete

 

Oval pathway constructed (concrete/crusher dust)

 

Central pathway extended to base of observation tower site (concrete/crusher dust)

 

Eastern perimeter pathway outside the conservation area constructed (concrete/crusher dust)

 

Pathway from bridge to centre completed (concrete/crusher dust)

 

The River Heads Concept Plan 2007 as approved and adopted by FCRC outlines and defines pathways at RHR which have been constructed as funding has become available and on a needs basis.Existing crusher dust pathways require up-grading to manage weeds and grass intrusion.

 

All pathways are to be disability friendly

Lighting FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

Donations

Sponsorship

Lighting investigated/determined on a facility by facility basis ie barbecue/picnic area, entry paths, shed precinct, etcLighting conceptual plan for RHR developed

 

Funding obtained and equipment obtained

 

Lighting installed and commissioned

 

 

Lighting is required throughout the reserve on a facility and case by case basis.FCRC has informed RHRSC that power from the grid is not an option that they will not bear the cost.

 

Renewable options ie wind and solar are to be seriously considered rather than grid electricity.

 

It is possible that installation of lighting   may attract an undesirable element to RHR at night. This will require consideration, on a case by case basis.

Additionally the impacts of lighting on wildlife requires investigation.

 

Bridge. To construct a bridge over the existing open stormwater drain area linking the car park and main reserve area  FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

 

Bridge proposal fundedDetailed stormwater assessment and plan undertaken by FCRC.

 

Engineering drawings approved by FCRC

 

Materials sourced

 

Construction begun

 

Construction completed

RHRSC have developed a detailed conceptual design for the bridge over the open storm water drain on RHR linking the existing car park and the main body of the reserve. This has been submitted to FCRC who have held further activities on their part in abeyance awaiting funding. Funding was applied for this facility in the latter part of 2014. Before construction can be commenced a detailed stormwater assessment and plan will need to be undertaken by FCRC.
Barbecue/ Picnic Area. To develop a barbecue/ picnic area  FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

31.12.2015 FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

Donations

Sponsorship

FCRC is requested by RHRSC to fund this facility from their 2015/2016 budgetConstruction commenced

 

Construction completed

 

Community usage of this facility

 

Community opening of this facility

 

A barbecue/ picnic area, according to the RHR Concept Plan 2007 is proposed for the area in the vicinity of the children’s playground and toilet facility. It is hoped that FCRC will fund this facility from their 2015/2016 budget. Gas barbecue/barbecues is/are proposed. 

Issues? Cleaning and Insurance

 

Seating and Shelter. To renovate and maintain existing seating. To develop further seating on RHR particularly in the picnic/barbecue area  FCRCRHPARHRSC 31.12.2015 FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

Donations

Sponsorship

Alan Peebles renovates his bird paintingsRHRSC repaints the remainder of the 2 bus shelters

 

Funding/Donations/Sponsorship achieved for Playground and Figtree Seating

 

Playground and Figtree Seating constructed and completed

 

Further seating conceptually planned and discussed with RCRC

 

Additional seating installed on RHR

 

Seating used on RHR

 

RCRC provided and relocated 2 Alan Peebles Bus Shelters on RHR. These are icons of Hervey bay and include 2 different Alan Peebles birds of the area. RHRSC has in hand the repainting of the remainder of these shelters. This includes some restoration of the birds.Additional seating is required near the recently installed (Jan 2015) Children’s Playground, around the Central Figtree and elsewhere on RHR.

 

RHRSC is currently seeking donations from the RHR Community for named seating on RHR.

 

Exercise Stations. To inform the community that exercise equipment   exists on RHR, promote its use and canvass the installation of further exercise equipment  FCRCRHPARHRSC Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Donations

Sponsorship

Existing exercise equipment usedAdditional visitors to RHR FCRC installed exercise equipment on RHR during 2014.
Observation Tower. To promote, design and source funding for the Observation Tower on RHR FCRCRHPARHRSC Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

Donations

Sponsorship

Initial conceptual drawings developedPreliminary costings obtained

 

Discussions regarding suitable funding begun with:

·          FCRC

·          FCO and local Tourism

·          Local Politicians (State and Federal)

·          Local Business Groups(Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Clubs)

 

Funding proposals and opportunities put together

The RHR Conceptual Plan 2007 approved and adopted by FCRC includes a significantly sized tower on the sea boundary of RHR and the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park Conservation Area. This structure will provide opportunity:·          to sightsee over the Sandy Straits and Fraser Island with an unobstructed view·          birdwatching

·          stargaze

·          become a significant tourist attraction for the area

Bird Hides  

 

 

 

FCRCRHPARHRSC

State Government

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

Qld Govt

Hervey Bay Birdwatchers

Initial conceptual drawings developedDiscussions initiated with:

·          State Government

·          Local Politicians (State and Federal)

·          BMRG

·          Hervey Bay Bird Watchers

 

Preliminary costings obtained

 

Funding proposals and opportunities put together

 

After funding construction begins

 

Construction completed and facility opened

 

The RHR Conceptual Plan 2007 approved and adopted by FCRC includes significant bird hides on the sea boundary of RHR and the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park Conservation Area.For this to occur Queensland Government Departments would need to be supportive.
Mangrove Boardwalk FCRCRHPARHRSC

State Government

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Grant funding

Qld Govt

 

Initial conceptual drawings developedDiscussions initiated with:

·          State Government

·          BMRG

·          FCO and local Tourism

·          Local Politicians (State and Federal

 

Preliminary costings obtained

 

Funding proposals and opportunities put together

 

After funding construction begins

 

Construction completed and facility opened

 

 

 

The RHR Conceptual Plan 2007 approved and adopted by FCRC includes a board walk through mangroves on the area adjacent to and part of the sea boundary of RHR and the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park Conservation Area.For this to occur Queensland Government Departments would need to be supportive.
Other Sporting Facilities. Topromote RHR in terms of its current opportunities for sporting experiences and determine what extra sporting opportunities might exist. FCRCRHPARHRSC Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC RHR promoted as a potential sporting facility.New opportunities defined

 

Enquiries made

 

 

RHR currently provides opportunities for:Cricket, AFL football, Rugby, Soccer, Hockey and Baseball/Softball both in terms of a home base or training facility. Potentially facilities could be created for netball/ basketball and other sports 

 

 

 

Storm Water. To further eventuate and document current and future stormwater issues and management on RHR.  FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

31.12 2015 FCRCRHPARHRSC Documentation of existing stormwater flow knowledge and issues by RHRSCInitiation of discussions with FCRC on stormwater flow present and future and management thereof

 

Request to RCRC to develop and communicate a storm water management plan for waters flowing across RHR

 

Revisit past plans re installation of some ephemeral/permanent ponds re the large open stormwater drain between ….. the Dam and Great Sandy Straits

 

Redevelop a conceptual plan to install the above

Stormwater flows on RHR impact some current paths and need to be considered in planning new facilities on RHR eg:·          Bridge·          Additional Paths

·          Future Planning

 

Currently the large open stormwater drain on RHR is eroding significantly destroying some shrubs and trees

Water Supply/Bore.To provide an irrigation supply for the Neville Watson Oval in the form of a bore, irrigation piping and sprinkler system RHPARHRSC Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Local knowledge re bore water quality and depth

Funding achieved for ground water   investigationGround water investigation undertaken

 

Suitable ground water located

 

Bore sunk successfully

 

Diesel or other pump funding/donation sought (there is no grid power available on RHR

 

Solar or wind power for pumping investigated

 

Suitable bore pump sourced and installed

Funding for underground reticulation sought and obtained

 

Underground reticulation installed both pipes and sprinkler(s)

 

Funding sought and obtained for levelling, top dressing and fertilising of oval

 

Oval levelled, top dressed and fertilised

 

Neville Watson Oval irrigated as required

RHRSC formally approached FCRC re the installation of a water bore to irrigate the Neville Watson Oval in 2014. The reply received was that the Qld Govt and FCRC had no objection to installation of a bore on RHR and that once this occurred the QLD Govt DNR be informed. FCRC further informed that they would not be providing any financial support for thisImprovement of the Oval by way of levelling, top dressing and weed removal is dependent upon installation of a water bore and irrigation system
Power. To define power requirements for RHR in terms of:·          Shed precinct·          Neville Watson Oval irrigation

·          Lighting throughout RHR

·          Other purposes

To determine the options and costs for provision of power via:

·          Grid supply

·          Solar generation

·          Wind generation

·          Diesel Generation

 

RHPARHRSC Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

Local knowledge

Grant funding

Donations

Sponsorship

Investigate the potential total power requirements for RHR and component requirements (shed, oval reticulation and lighting)Investigate the options for providing this power and potential costs

 

Initiate discussions once above known with: RHPA, RCRC, Ergon, Local politicians, local business

 

Investigate grant and funding options

 

Obtain funding for power either piece meal or component by component

Power is required for the shed and being investigated in terms of machinery requirements. It is also required once a water bore is constructed for pumping purposes 

FCRC has informed RHRSC that power from the grid is not an option that they will not bear the cost

 

Renewable options ie wind and solar are to be seriously considered rather than grid electricity

 

Safety. To proactively manage safety for all on RHR  FCRCRHPARHRSC

CEP

Everyone who steps onto RHR has responsibility for their own safety and those of others

 

Ongoing CEP FCRC annual sign on inductionsSignage throughout RHR

 

FCRC Safety Officers

 

Rigorous housekeeping in terms of sign on and signoff for volunteers working on RHR

 

 

CEP FCRC annual sign on inductions to be attended by all CEP volunteers and RHRSCSafety and first aid equipment to be provided by FCRC and RHPA/RHRSC and to be readily available

 

Safety agenda item at all RHRSC meetings. CEP Coordinator to report also. CEP incidents and near misses to be formally reported to RHRSC, RHPA and FCRC

 

A designated assembly area is to be determined   with appropriate signage on RHR associated with FFCRC Safety personnel

 

Regular contact with FCRC Safety Officers

 

Sign on / sign off documentation to be completed by all CEP volunteers working on RHR. If this has not happened and an accident occurs then insurance cover may be invalid

RHRSC members and their agents (eg mowing machinery operators) to sign on and off when working on RHR

 

Vigilance of FCRC Workers and all visitors to RHR when on RHR and reporting of incidents

Everyone who steps onto RHR has responsibility for their own safety and that of othersIgnorance of safety issues is not an excuse and non compliance in this probably invalidates insurances
Security FCRCRHPARHRSC

 

Ongoing FCRCRHPARHRSC

RHR Neighbour

Queensland Police

Security plan compiled for RHRDiscussions initiated with FCRC, RHPA, RHR Neighbours and QLD Police Service

 

Security plan put into action Queensland Police

 

Security issues discussed with RHR Neighbours and informal park watch initiated.

Additional infrastructural elements on RHR eg Shed, Equipment, Playground, Barbecue/Picnic Area, Trees and Shrubs are at risk from theft and vandalism.