We are seeking feedback on a new lease/licence, future new projects, and new landscaping associated with Heathcote River dredging within Radley Park.

Project status: Analysis & reporting
Open for feedback: 16th March 2018 - 18th April 2018
16 Mar 2018

Consultation has now closed

Update on the Radley Park Landscape Plan and Community Garden lease application:

  • A Reserves Hearing Panel will now need to be convened by Council, as a number of submitters on the community garden lease application have indicated that they wish to be heard in support of their submission.
  • The earliest that the Panel can be convened will be the end of August, or during September, of this year, and we will confirm this date as soon as possible.
  • Staff will prepare a report to the Reserves Hearing Panel and, after hearing the submitters, they will in turn make their recommendation to the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board as to whether the community garden lease should be approved. We would anticipate that a decision on the proposed lease would be obtained within one month of the Hearing date.
  • Once this lease decision has been made by the Board, staff will prepare a further report to the Board for the approval of the landscape development plan, including changes made as a result of public consultation, and the outcome of the community garden lease application. Again, we would anticipate that a decision on the landscape development plan would be obtained within one month of the first Board meeting date.

Consultation on Heathcote River dredging landscape plan has now closed. People were able to provide feedback from Friday 16 March 2018 to Wednesday 18 April 2018.

During this time we heard from 62 individuals and groups. You can read their feedback below in relation to the Heathcote River dredging landscape plan.  Feedback for the lease/licence area and Radley Park landscape plan will be available in the near future.

A report will be presented to the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board on Monday 30 April 2018 for approval of this plan.

Heathcote River dredging landscape plan feedback received [PDF, 4.8 MB]


Radley Park

We have been approached by Roimata Food Commons with a proposal for a lease and license area within Radley Park. They would like to use this area for raised planter and garden beds. All work in the proposed leased/license area is intended to be funded by this community group, who are also interested in future projects in the park that are currently unfunded.

For more information on the Roimata Food Commons, please visit their Facebook page.(external link)

Also included are landscape plans for Heathcote River dredging.

Landscape plan 1 [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Heathcote River dredging landscape plans 2, 3, 4, 5 [PDF, 5.8 MB]

What can you provide feedback on?

  • The proposed 400m2 lease/license area that Roimata Food Commons have requested
  • The upgrade of the dog agility area in the park
  • The landscaping proposed following the Heathcote River dredging
  • Future (currently unfunded) projects that Roimata Food Commons are interested in progressing. Nature play area, river connections, education centre structure and riparian planting.

Consultation leaflet [PDF, 7.2 MB]

Radley Park landscape plan – plan 1

Roimata food commons

The Roimata Food Commons group is a volunteer group who would like to see the creation of the Roimata/Woolston Community Hub in Radley Park. This group have already been involved in the existing planting of fruit trees and native plantings within Radley Park. 

The vision for Roimata is to create a mulit-faceted community hub with fruit and berry orchards and large beds to grow vegetables and herbs. The produce from the orchard and garden can then be harvested by the local community to feed those who put time into the garden or to those in need in the community.

If the lease/license is approved, the Roimata Food Commons group would like to have the raised gardens completed in time for September 2018 planting.


If there are any objections to the lease/license proposal then a Reserves Hearings Panel will be required. This panel will listen to any objections and then make their recommendation to the Community Board who will then
make the final decision on the granting of the lease/license.

Dog agility area

Radley Park is classified as a dog exercise area within the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw. This means that Radley Park is recommended and known to be a good place to exercise dogs off-leash.

We currently have around $5,000 available in the current financial year for the upgrade of the dog agility area. We would be interested to know if you use this area and how you would like to see this area upgraded.

Other works

A new solar charging picnic table will be installed near the existing playground this financial year. The solar charge table is a table that can be used to charge a range of mobile devices, such as tablets, phones, games consoles and electronic book readers.

Future unfunded works

These projects are currently unfunded, but we would like to have some feedback on whether you would support the inclusion of these projects if funding became available in the future.

  • nature play area
  • river connections
  • education centre structure
  • riparian planting.

Radley Park

Radley Park is a local park with entrances from Cumnor Terrace and Riley Crescent, and bridge access from Connal Street and Catherine Street in Woolston. The park is approximately 3 hectares in size.

Heathcote River dredging and replanting - plans 2, 3, 4, 5

The Council agreed this month to fast-track dredging work in the Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River between Radley Street and the Woolston Cut to help reduce flood risk in the area.alt=""

The dredging work aims to remove silt build up and increase the capacity of the river channel to direct flood flows to the Woolston Cut and out to the estuary. The dredging will be done in three stages, starting with the area between Radley Street and the Woolston Cut.

This reach of Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River is unique with its vegetated banks, lack of parallel road corridor and inter-tidal environment.

Methods for dredging are still being finalised, but many trees will need to be removed for the dredging equipment to access the area and then do the dredging work.

We are planning significant landscaping after the tree removal and dredging work is completed, to beautify the space, while providing habitat for birds and aquatic life and shade to the river. This will also reduce the need to mow banks in this area as they as they will be planted out.

Current vegetation

The existing vegetation in this area is a mixture of natives (mostly young smaller plants), and exotics including oak, eucalypt, willow and white poplar. The white poplar is a pest species due to its spreading habit.

The tree removals proposed will significantly reduce the problematic growth of white poplars and provide an opportunity for longer term enhancement. Linkages through the area will be further developed as actions progress on the Ferry Road Master Plan and other development plans for the area.

What we are seeking feedback on

Plans 2, 3, 4 show the vision for landscaping after the tree removals and dredging work is completed.

The existing path on the true right bank linking Radley Street to Radley Park will be enhanced, with an aim to maintain tree canopy cover in the area.

Where there is enough space between property boundaries and the river on the true left bank, more extensive planting will be done to provide habitat, shade to the river and canopy cover for the area. Lower profile landscaping will be carried out where space is limited.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed landscape concept, any ideas, feedback or concerns you may have, particularly in regards to access and how you would like to use the area.


We plan start construction in mid-2018. The construction period is expected to be 3 to 5 months

Come and meet the team:

Where: Woolston Gala, Woolston Park
When: Sunday 25 March 2018
Time: 2 pm am to 5 pm (drop in at any time)

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