The draft Shellharbour Open Space and Recreation Needs Study and Strategy is now on public exhibition from Wednesday 15 January 2020 until Wednesday 26 February 2020.

You are invited to provide feedback on the draft Study and Strategy below. If you would like to make a formal submission please see 'Make a submission' details on right.

Council will accept submissions until 4pm, Wednesday 26 February 2020.

How it was developed

Last year Council began the process to replace Council's 2010 Open space, Recreation and Community Facilities Needs Study.

Over 1,000 local voices contributed to the conversation about how we plan open spaces over the next 10 years.

We then prepared a draft Study and Strategy, which will guide the planning and development of open space, parks, sporting fields and community facilities. The Study and Strategy focuses on:

  • Active Open space
  • Passive Open space
  • Aquatics; and
  • Facilities that are directly associated with a recreational use

The Study

The Study includes a review of all of Council’s current and planned open space, sport, recreation and aquatics facilities, plus findings from a desktop policy and research review. It also includes a review on industry-accepted benchmarks and populations ratios, and best practice open space and recreation planning.

Findings from the extensive community and stakeholder engagement program are included, which were influential in shaping priorities and recommended actions in the Strategy. The Study and Appendices provide the detail and the evidence that informed the development of the Strategy and the recommended actions within it.

The Strategy

Informed by changing population needs and community expectations identified throughout the Study, the Strategy provides a blueprint for Open Space and Recreation planning up to 2030 and beyond. The purpose of the Strategy is to guide how Council will plan, implement and manage current and future open spaces, sport, recreation, aquatics and associated community infrastructure.


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