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Improving Dawn Fraser Baths

Developing a 10-year shared vision for the ongoing conservation of the historic and much-loved Dawn Fraser Baths precinct

Background

The Dawn Fraser Baths are located on Sydney Harbour at Balmain, next to Elkington Park. The Baths are a nationally significant heritage item with the oldest amateur swimming and water polo club in Australia.

Council is the proud custodian of this much-loved community asset - the oldest surviving tidal public baths in Sydney.

What's happening now?

Council is developing a master plan which will guide future conservation and improvements at the Baths and its surrounds over the next ten years. The master plan will consider the Baths, the Caretaker’s Cottage, access pathways, embankments and car parking areas as well as Elkington Park public toilets. See a map outlining the area included in the master plan.

Council conducted initial community engagement on the master plan between 8 October 2017 and 19 November. Read the engagement report here or come to the open day on Sunday 10 December.


What happens next?

Council will develop a draft Master Plan using the community's feedback. The draft plan will be publicly exhibited in early 2018 and community will be invited to provide feedback once more.

Stage 1 - Essential maintenance works

Council has committed $2.4 million over three years for essential maintenance works which will ensure compliance, structural soundness, safety and improved accessibility. This work is stage one of the master plan and will commence during the 2018 winter closure. Find out more about essential maintenance works.

Further information

Please email David Petrie, Coordinator Public Domain Planning, or Arturo Ruiz, Master Planning Officer, for more information.

Developing a 10-year shared vision for the ongoing conservation of the historic and much-loved Dawn Fraser Baths precinct

Background

The Dawn Fraser Baths are located on Sydney Harbour at Balmain, next to Elkington Park. The Baths are a nationally significant heritage item with the oldest amateur swimming and water polo club in Australia.

Council is the proud custodian of this much-loved community asset - the oldest surviving tidal public baths in Sydney.

What's happening now?

Council is developing a master plan which will guide future conservation and improvements at the Baths and its surrounds over the next ten years. The master plan will consider the Baths, the Caretaker’s Cottage, access pathways, embankments and car parking areas as well as Elkington Park public toilets. See a map outlining the area included in the master plan.

Council conducted initial community engagement on the master plan between 8 October 2017 and 19 November. Read the engagement report here or come to the open day on Sunday 10 December.


What happens next?

Council will develop a draft Master Plan using the community's feedback. The draft plan will be publicly exhibited in early 2018 and community will be invited to provide feedback once more.

Stage 1 - Essential maintenance works

Council has committed $2.4 million over three years for essential maintenance works which will ensure compliance, structural soundness, safety and improved accessibility. This work is stage one of the master plan and will commence during the 2018 winter closure. Find out more about essential maintenance works.

Further information

Please email David Petrie, Coordinator Public Domain Planning, or Arturo Ruiz, Master Planning Officer, for more information.