The Shade in Playspaces Policy has now been adopted 🌤️

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the Public Exhibition period! A total of 18 submissions were received, with 100% of respondents being supportive of the draft policy.

The Shade in Playspaces Policy can now be implemented in future playspace upgrades, renewals, and development applications for new parks. The policy will also inform the development of a future Play Strategy for Shellharbour in accordance with the Shellharbour Open Space and Recreation Strategy 2020.

About the Policy

Shellharbour City Council is committed to creating comfortable and safe environments that encourages people to enjoy the outdoors and lead healthy, active lifestyles.

The Shade in Playspaces policy is the first of its kind for Shellharbour City Council and will provide guidance on the design and provision of built and natural shade in our playspaces.

The benefits of shade include:

  • reduce sun exposure and protect against UV radiation and skin cancer.
  • reduce heat by keeping the grounds and equipment cool.
  • promote active lifestyles by creating more comfortable and cooler outdoor spaces in hotter weather.

Local Examples

How we got here

Public Exhibition

Let's chat about the Draft Shade in Playspaces Policy!

Before making a submission, we encourage you to read over the Petitions and Submissions Policy and Submissions Procedure. By reading these documents you will familiarise yourself with the submission process and ensure that your submission is valid. Your personal information contained in your submission is collected by Council for the purpose of corresponding with you about your submission. If you make an anonymous submission, Council will be unable to contact you further. A summary of the points made in your submission will be contained in the Council meetings business paper and made public on Council’s website, your personal information will not be displayed. Check the Privacy Statement for further information.

How can I make a submission?

Submissions must be received in writing and addressed to

The Chief Executive Officer
Locked Bag 155
Shellharbour City Centre NSW 2529

or sent by email to:

or complete all sections of the form below. If you do not leave your personal details, any information will be received as informal feedback.