The proposed State Heritage listing of Manly’s iconic Ivanhoe Park, including Manly Oval, is on track to be assessed as state significant, Member for Manly James Griffin announced today.
Mr Griffin said public submissions had just closed for the nomination and it was expected the Ivanhoe Park listing would be presented soon to the State Heritage Register Committee.
“The Ivanhoe Park cultural landscape, including iconic Manly Oval, is unique within New South Wales as a place with a combined history of Aboriginal heritage and 150 years of recreation, sport and community use.
“Since its establishment in the 1860s Ivanhoe Park has been an important destination for pleasure and healthy recreation for vast numbers of visitors to Manly from Sydney and beyond and is one of the few planned colonial era ‘pleasure grounds’ surviving in New South Wales.
“As Australia grew to become a sporting mad nation, places like Ivanhoe Park (including Manly Oval) became crucial to townships remote from Sydney and the establishment of sporting venues shaped the ongoing development of community life in Australia.
“It is also an important site for the Kay-ye-my people for its tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
“As the people of Manly are well aware, this site also has a strong association with many leaders in public life in NSW from the first Australian Aboriginal Cricket Team, Sir Henry Parkes, and Sir Roden Cutler to a long list of Australian international sports people.
“I am very pleased the State Heritage Register nomination for Ivanhoe Park (including Manly Oval), is soon to be considered by NSW Heritage Council and I thank all those who put forward submissions supporting the nomination.
“I wish to thank in particular the members and supporters of the Save Manly Oval Alliance for their advocacy for this stage heritage nomination – they will be integral to its success,” Mr Griffin said.