Proposed construction by Luna Park Sydney Pty Ltd of a 'Building Envelope' (72.4 metres wide x 14.4 metres deep x 14 metres high) would 'replace' the entire Lavender Green greenspace on the foreshore at Luna Park that is "an idyllic picnic space right on the edge of Lavender Bay.............. this space is the ideal venue to entertain clients and staff with a casual day outdoors ......... gorgeous and lush picnic space". 

Curiously, Place Management NSW's charter includes to "protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the foreshore area".

NSW Planning webpage notes "Lavender Green has been removed from the amusement zone to ensure it stays green."

 

NSW Planning informs that:

"A building envelope is a three dimensional volume that defines the outermost part of a site that the building can occupy.
Building envelopes set the appropriate scale of future development in terms of bulk and height relative to the streetscape, public and private open spaces, and block and lot sizes in a particular location. Envelopes are appropriate when determining and controlling the desired urban form in town centres, brownfield sites, precinct plan sites and special sites such as those with heritage, significant views or extreme topography.
A building envelope should be 25-30% greater than the achievable floor area (see section 2D Floor space ratio) to allow for building components that do not count as floor space but contribute to building design and articulation such as balconies, lifts, stairs and open circulation space."

There appears a lot of space for rides in above and below pics.

An existing storage area is immediately around the corner in the background, immediately behind the chap in the above picture.

The above screen print from the NSW Planning website includes:

"Listening to feedback

In response to this feedback from the community, additional changes have been made:

  • Lavender Green has been removed from the amusement zone to ensure it stays green. New rides and amusements on Lavender Green will require a development application."

 

"Place Management NSW is not limited to exercising its functions in relation to land within the foreshore area and includes the management of the Luna Park Reserve Trust (LPRT)."

Below is an extract from Place Management NSW and Luna Park Reserve Trust Annual Report 2018-19:

1. Charter

Place Management NSW (PMNSW) is a statutory corporation and its statutory functions are to:

protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the foreshore area;

promote, coordinate, manage, undertake and secure the orderly and economic development and use of the foreshore area, including the provision of

infrastructure; and

promote, coordinate, organise, manage, undertake, secure, provide and conduct cultural, educational, commercial, tourist, recreational, entertainment

and transport activities and facilities.

PMNSW is not limited to exercising its functions in relation to land within the foreshore area and includes the management of the Luna Park Reserve Trust (LPRT).

 

23. Budgets – Luna Park Reserve Trust

Performance against budget

Luna Park Reserve Trust finished the year with a deficit of $0.8m. This was a result of additional unplanned maintenance expenses and lower operating revenue occurring in the 2018-19 financial year.

Luna Park Managements advertisement of the large Lavender Bay marquee for Corporate Functions up to 250 attendees for a banquet

Lavender Green is in "an idyllic picnic space right on the edge of Lavender Bay. Featuring a large marquee with immediate access to the wider Luna Park surrounds, this space is the ideal venue to entertain clients and staff with a casual day outdoors." 

QUESTION 1 Why would Place Management NSW with a charter that includes to "protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the foreshore area" want to replace the entire Lavender Green with an exceedingly large 'building envelope' (72.4m W x 14.4m D x 14m H) when Luna Park had double the annual patronage 30 years ago.  Yet it did not need this huge additional land space.

QUESTION 2 Why does the DA deploy the description 'building envelope'?  Why doesn't a Development Application (12 pgs) or the Statement of Environmental Effects (28 pgs) provide a logical description of -

1.      the physical size of the structure to occupy the 'building envelope'' absorbing the entire Lavender Green that can be as tall as 14 metres

2.      the materials that it would be constructed with;

3.      when the structure would be constructed; and

4.      the forecast $ cost of construction?

 Does North Sydney Council have a view on this DA?  Certainly, North Sydney Councillor, Ian Mutton, does NSW Planning has recently opined "Lavender Green has been removed from the amusement zone to ensure it stays green."

        Luna Park Management advertisement of the large Lavender Bay marquee for Social Functions up to 250 banquet attendees or 600 to 1,000 attendees for cocktails

"Lavender Green is gorgeous and lush picnic space located on the edge of Lavender Bay, at the northern end of Luna Park. Featuring an immaculate lawn area and sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, this informal venue is perfect for barbecues, picnics and social gatherings. The space also includes a large marquee with inbuilt catering facilities, as well as a fully licensed area for up to 1,000 guests."

QUESTION 3 Why would Place Management NSW with a charter to "protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the foreshore area" want to replace Lavender Green's "gorgeous and lush picnic space" with a exceedingly large storage/operational facility, when Luna Park has operated for almost 100 years without one, when Lavender Green is the last remaining green space within cooee?

QUESTION 4 Which entity/company would be paying for the demolition of the existing marquee and construction of the storage/operational envelope?

QUESTION 5 What is the projected cashflow for the project over the initial 10 years, meaning projected additional revenue flows?  Because children in the 21st Century have new bells and whistles to occupy their time.  Hence, Luna Park is not the attraction depicted in the 1959 movie, "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll" with Ernest Borgnine, Anne Baxter and Angela Lansbury when there was no colour television, internet, mobile phones or social media.  As evident in the further below financial accounts, Luna Park is not a huge money spinner.

Three dimensional Virtual Tour

Comprehensive analysis of the DA from North Sydney Councillor, Ian Mutton    Phil Johnston's read of it    North Sydney Council - Cr Ian Mutton profile page

The lucky group enjoying fewer constraints under COVID: developers  -  SMH  Elizabeth Farrelly  25 Apr 2020        Phil Johnston's read of Ms Farrelly's concerning article

'This is an expansion': Luna Park plans raise ire of Sydney residents - SMH - 26 April 2020  

Luna Park: Lavender Green expansion plans provoke anger, fears - Daily Telegraph - 16 April 2020

Luna Park Venues Unveils Updated Outdoor Venue Just In Time For The Summer Months - by Luna Park Sydney Pty Ltd, 19 Oct 2017

Luna Park operator Multiplex in court over ‘blinding lights’ - The Australian

Luna Park scream machine, Hair Raiser, no fun for residents - SMH -  Jan 2015

The Rich Neighbours Of Sydney's Amusement Venue Luna Park Are Complaining About It Again - Business Insider - Jan 2015

Comparison of above 2009 Income Statement and the below 2019 Income Statement evidences that 'ten years later', Total Annual Expenses have increased by $241,000 ($2,477,000 less $2,206,000)

Above Income Statement evidences annual revenue down $501,000 in last 12 months ($2,185,000 in 2018, $1,684,000 in 2019)