The Council Perspective
It is important to understand that the RNS hospital is in one of the most densely populated regions of Australia. In recognition of this, the North Sydney Council has published an open space provision strategy [See PDF Link] or [See Web Site Link]. In this they state
“The North Sydney Council area is one of the most densely populated in Australia and with new development both the residential and worker populations are growing. The uneven distribution of parks and reserves means there is a lack of open space in some areas, particularly in St Leonards, Crows Nest and along Military Road.”
They also acknowledge that:
“The most significant increases in population are expected in St Leonards/ Crows Nest (in the corridor bordering the Pacific Highway and near St Leonards railway station).”
“Low provision of parks in some areas of high population density. (Eg Cremorne (along the Military Road corridor), St Leonards/Crows Nest (along the Pacific Highway corridor and in Kirribilli). In the case of Cremorne and St Leonards/Crows Nest, this problem will be exacerbated, as these areas are the sites of planned increases in population density.”
One of the councils proposed solutions is to consider dual use of land not dedicated as public open space, such as that used for health and education related facilities. The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne is an example of a campus that has been designed with these factors in mind [See Link].