Bendalong Boat Harbour Masterplan

Consultation has concluded

A masterplan has been prepared for the small beach and adjacent reserves known as Boat Harbour, at Bendalong.

Council has prepared a masterplan for this area due to conflicts in use, impacts from the neighbouring Holiday Haven Bendalong Point Tourist Park and a multiplicity of issues in the very constrained site.

Four draft plans have been prepared detailing proposed actions for:

  1. The whole of Boat Harbour
  2. The Heritage Precinct (because of the importance of both Aboriginal and European Industrial heritage)
  3. The Boat Ramp Precinct
  4. The Headland Precinct

View the draft plans (pdf 41.MB)


Background Information

The following information is provided to help with your viewing of the masterplan maps.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Boat Harbour is an important Aboriginal cultural heritage site and most of the works described in the Masterplan will be subject to the outcome of an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit which is currently being prepared for Council by a Conservation and Heritage Planning consultant. It is proposed that Aboriginal heritage will be explained on an interpretive sign in the Heritage Precinct.

European Industrial Heritage

Boat Harbour is also an important archaeological site for both the timber and silica industries. Interpretive signs in the Heritage Precinct will provide historical information and images. Due to the importance of both the Aboriginal and European heritage at the western end of Boat Harbour, this area is referred to as the Heritage Precinct.

Storm Water

Runoff from the road and the Tourist Park is causing erosion at Boat Harbour. A drainage engineer will assess the catchment and provide advice about storm water management.

Beach Erosion

A coastal engineer will assess the coastal processes effecting the movement of sand at Boat Harbour, prepare a hazard assessment and provide advice about managing beach erosion.

Pedestrian Access from the Village and Tourist Park

It is proposed that:

  • Three access ways from the Tourist Park will be formalised and upgraded, in conjunction with improved fencing, to channel pedestrians onto these accesses and discourage scrambling down the bank.
  • The steep, informal pedestrian access from the road to the western end of Boat Harbour will be upgraded (note: this work has been completed).
  • A concrete, shared path will provide safe pedestrian access from the village to connect with the upgraded track (mentioned above).
  • A set of steps will provide safe access from the Heritage Precinct down onto the beach.

Management of Boat Launching

The Masterplan proposes to upgrade parking and boat trailer manoeuvring at the western (larger) boat ramp to Australian Standards. The smaller boat ramp would need to be decommissioned to undertake this work. Having two boat ramps side by side is an unsustainable arrangement, as maintaining two boat ramps in the one location is beyond Council resources.

Parking

It is proposed to improve and formalise parking in all three precincts. Other parking options for Bendalong village are being discussed with Council staff and the Community Consultative Body (CCB).

Illegal Camping

To better manage the illegal camping persistently occurring at Boat Harbour in the western carpark, the Masterplan proposes to close this car park with a gated vehicle barrier and create a recreation area in its place. A pathway will link the car park with the ‘ceremony area’, passing through this recreation area.

Playground

The recreation area described above is a possible new location for the playground, once it has reached the end of its life (in 5-10 years’ time) or when a storm impacts on the current location. Relocation of the playground will be the topic of a separate community consultation when the time comes.

Public Amenities

The public amenities building will be replaced with a new building that complies with Australian Standards and the Shoalhaven City Disability Inclusion Action Plan (currently in draft form). The Masterplan proposes to locate the new building close to the road with associated parking, pathways and disabled access spaces.

The Boat Harbour Masterplan will inform future improvements and management of the area as funding becomes available.


Have Your Say

Council encourages anyone with an interest in the Boat Harbour area to view the draft plans (pdf 41.MB) and provide feedback via the form below.

A masterplan has been prepared for the small beach and adjacent reserves known as Boat Harbour, at Bendalong.

Council has prepared a masterplan for this area due to conflicts in use, impacts from the neighbouring Holiday Haven Bendalong Point Tourist Park and a multiplicity of issues in the very constrained site.

Four draft plans have been prepared detailing proposed actions for:

  1. The whole of Boat Harbour
  2. The Heritage Precinct (because of the importance of both Aboriginal and European Industrial heritage)
  3. The Boat Ramp Precinct
  4. The Headland Precinct

View the draft plans (pdf 41.MB)


Background Information

The following information is provided to help with your viewing of the masterplan maps.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Boat Harbour is an important Aboriginal cultural heritage site and most of the works described in the Masterplan will be subject to the outcome of an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit which is currently being prepared for Council by a Conservation and Heritage Planning consultant. It is proposed that Aboriginal heritage will be explained on an interpretive sign in the Heritage Precinct.

European Industrial Heritage

Boat Harbour is also an important archaeological site for both the timber and silica industries. Interpretive signs in the Heritage Precinct will provide historical information and images. Due to the importance of both the Aboriginal and European heritage at the western end of Boat Harbour, this area is referred to as the Heritage Precinct.

Storm Water

Runoff from the road and the Tourist Park is causing erosion at Boat Harbour. A drainage engineer will assess the catchment and provide advice about storm water management.

Beach Erosion

A coastal engineer will assess the coastal processes effecting the movement of sand at Boat Harbour, prepare a hazard assessment and provide advice about managing beach erosion.

Pedestrian Access from the Village and Tourist Park

It is proposed that:

  • Three access ways from the Tourist Park will be formalised and upgraded, in conjunction with improved fencing, to channel pedestrians onto these accesses and discourage scrambling down the bank.
  • The steep, informal pedestrian access from the road to the western end of Boat Harbour will be upgraded (note: this work has been completed).
  • A concrete, shared path will provide safe pedestrian access from the village to connect with the upgraded track (mentioned above).
  • A set of steps will provide safe access from the Heritage Precinct down onto the beach.

Management of Boat Launching

The Masterplan proposes to upgrade parking and boat trailer manoeuvring at the western (larger) boat ramp to Australian Standards. The smaller boat ramp would need to be decommissioned to undertake this work. Having two boat ramps side by side is an unsustainable arrangement, as maintaining two boat ramps in the one location is beyond Council resources.

Parking

It is proposed to improve and formalise parking in all three precincts. Other parking options for Bendalong village are being discussed with Council staff and the Community Consultative Body (CCB).

Illegal Camping

To better manage the illegal camping persistently occurring at Boat Harbour in the western carpark, the Masterplan proposes to close this car park with a gated vehicle barrier and create a recreation area in its place. A pathway will link the car park with the ‘ceremony area’, passing through this recreation area.

Playground

The recreation area described above is a possible new location for the playground, once it has reached the end of its life (in 5-10 years’ time) or when a storm impacts on the current location. Relocation of the playground will be the topic of a separate community consultation when the time comes.

Public Amenities

The public amenities building will be replaced with a new building that complies with Australian Standards and the Shoalhaven City Disability Inclusion Action Plan (currently in draft form). The Masterplan proposes to locate the new building close to the road with associated parking, pathways and disabled access spaces.

The Boat Harbour Masterplan will inform future improvements and management of the area as funding becomes available.


Have Your Say

Council encourages anyone with an interest in the Boat Harbour area to view the draft plans (pdf 41.MB) and provide feedback via the form below.