Bay and Basin Community Hub Master Plan

Consultation has concluded

Shoalhaven City Council in conjunction with key user groups and the community has developed a draft master plan for the Bay and Basin Community Hub. View the draft plan (11MB (pdf).


About the Plan

The vision is to expand the existing Bay and Basin Leisure Centre to become a multi-use, vibrant Community Hub, broadening the scope of the existing sporting, community and leisure-focused facilities.

In addition to expanding the built footprint of the Leisure Centre, the outdoor areas are proposed to be revamped to better utilise the site.

The envisioned project components include:

  • Community facilities providing community meeting places
  • Library services
  • Exhibition space
  • Extension of the existing gym
  • Skate park (outdoors)
  • Two netball courts (outdoors)
  • Improved access to the sportsground
  • Additional parking to cater for increased usage

To coordinate site planning and best utilisation of resources, a draft master plan has been prepared to ensure the Bay and Basin Community Hub can cater to a wide range of user groups and becomes a key recreational area in the Bay and Basin area.


Background

In response to population growth in the Bay & Basin area, Council has recognised the potential to further develop the Bay & Basin Leisure Centre and surrounding lands. To recognise this potential, Council engaged consultants Group GSA to develop a Master Plan for the site.

The Draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan was established and presented to Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on 21 February 2017. At that meeting Council resolved to:

  1. Endorse public exhibition of the draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan for a period of 42 days.
  2. Advise stakeholders involved in the preparation of the draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan of its public exhibition.
  3. Receive a further report after public exhibition of the draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan.
  4. Establish a Sub-Committee comprising of Councillors and members of the Community Consultative Bodies and user groups be convened to assist to finalise the Draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan.

Community Engagement

Public exhibition of the draft Master Plan ran from 6 March to 30 April 2017. Council utilised Social Media, Print Media, e-newsletters and hard copy flyers to promote the exhibition of the draft plan. Feedback was able to be provided via this Get Involved page, email, mail, telephone and by attendance at a drop in session. The comments received were broad and range from satisfied to dissatisfied, however overall there was support for the Master Plan.

Two drop in sessions were held for community to view the plans and speak directly with Council Staff and consultants. The drop in sessions were held on Tuesday 4 April 2017, from 3pm to 6pm and Wednesday 5 April 2017, from 8am to 11.30am at Bay and Basin Leisure Centre. The drop in sessions were well attended with positive comments and feedback received on the proposal.

A sub-committee was formed and met on 4 May 2017, and agreed on and supported the Draft Master Plan, and that the progression to detailed design stage should be put to Council to approve and commence.


Financial Implications

Funding of $700,000 to continue advancement of the detailed design so the project can be shovel ready for grant funding/project delivery is currently allocated in the 2017/18 financial year budget.

Further funding towards the project is allocated in the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) in 2018/2019 - $4.15 million and funding of $650,000 for the regional skate park facility in 2018/19.

The inclusion of this funding in the Council LTFP will assist in supporting applications for grant funding as Council has identified funding to contribute to the project, and the ability to fund undertaking detailed design and obtain DA approval.

Shoalhaven City Council in conjunction with key user groups and the community has developed a draft master plan for the Bay and Basin Community Hub. View the draft plan (11MB (pdf).


About the Plan

The vision is to expand the existing Bay and Basin Leisure Centre to become a multi-use, vibrant Community Hub, broadening the scope of the existing sporting, community and leisure-focused facilities.

In addition to expanding the built footprint of the Leisure Centre, the outdoor areas are proposed to be revamped to better utilise the site.

The envisioned project components include:

  • Community facilities providing community meeting places
  • Library services
  • Exhibition space
  • Extension of the existing gym
  • Skate park (outdoors)
  • Two netball courts (outdoors)
  • Improved access to the sportsground
  • Additional parking to cater for increased usage

To coordinate site planning and best utilisation of resources, a draft master plan has been prepared to ensure the Bay and Basin Community Hub can cater to a wide range of user groups and becomes a key recreational area in the Bay and Basin area.


Background

In response to population growth in the Bay & Basin area, Council has recognised the potential to further develop the Bay & Basin Leisure Centre and surrounding lands. To recognise this potential, Council engaged consultants Group GSA to develop a Master Plan for the site.

The Draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan was established and presented to Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on 21 February 2017. At that meeting Council resolved to:

  1. Endorse public exhibition of the draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan for a period of 42 days.
  2. Advise stakeholders involved in the preparation of the draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan of its public exhibition.
  3. Receive a further report after public exhibition of the draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan.
  4. Establish a Sub-Committee comprising of Councillors and members of the Community Consultative Bodies and user groups be convened to assist to finalise the Draft Bay & Basin Community Hub Master Plan.

Community Engagement

Public exhibition of the draft Master Plan ran from 6 March to 30 April 2017. Council utilised Social Media, Print Media, e-newsletters and hard copy flyers to promote the exhibition of the draft plan. Feedback was able to be provided via this Get Involved page, email, mail, telephone and by attendance at a drop in session. The comments received were broad and range from satisfied to dissatisfied, however overall there was support for the Master Plan.

Two drop in sessions were held for community to view the plans and speak directly with Council Staff and consultants. The drop in sessions were held on Tuesday 4 April 2017, from 3pm to 6pm and Wednesday 5 April 2017, from 8am to 11.30am at Bay and Basin Leisure Centre. The drop in sessions were well attended with positive comments and feedback received on the proposal.

A sub-committee was formed and met on 4 May 2017, and agreed on and supported the Draft Master Plan, and that the progression to detailed design stage should be put to Council to approve and commence.


Financial Implications

Funding of $700,000 to continue advancement of the detailed design so the project can be shovel ready for grant funding/project delivery is currently allocated in the 2017/18 financial year budget.

Further funding towards the project is allocated in the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) in 2018/2019 - $4.15 million and funding of $650,000 for the regional skate park facility in 2018/19.

The inclusion of this funding in the Council LTFP will assist in supporting applications for grant funding as Council has identified funding to contribute to the project, and the ability to fund undertaking detailed design and obtain DA approval.

Consultation has concluded
  • Masterplan Update and District Library Site in Sanctuary Point

    3 months ago
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    At the Ordinary Meeting on 27 March 2018, Council resolved to:

    1. Construct a District Library at Sanctuary Point as a priority; and
    2. Redesign the Draft Bay and Basin Community Hub Master Plan without the library

    The library had originally been proposed through the draft Masterplan to form part of the future Bay and Basin Community Hub and be located in Vincentia. This draft Masterplan will now be redesigned to remove the library from this location.

    Investigations will be undertaken to find a suitable site within Sanctuary Point for the District Library.

    At the Ordinary Meeting on 27 March 2018, Council resolved to:

    1. Construct a District Library at Sanctuary Point as a priority; and
    2. Redesign the Draft Bay and Basin Community Hub Master Plan without the library

    The library had originally been proposed through the draft Masterplan to form part of the future Bay and Basin Community Hub and be located in Vincentia. This draft Masterplan will now be redesigned to remove the library from this location.

    Investigations will be undertaken to find a suitable site within Sanctuary Point for the District Library.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    6 months ago
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    A series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been added to the Bay and Basin Community Hub Master Plan project page to enable community members to gain a better understanding of the Hub proposal.

    Visit the FAQs from the project landing page or go to getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/bay-and-basin-community-hub-master-plan/faqs.

    A series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been added to the Bay and Basin Community Hub Master Plan project page to enable community members to gain a better understanding of the Hub proposal.

    Visit the FAQs from the project landing page or go to getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/bay-and-basin-community-hub-master-plan/faqs.

  • Council to Determine Draft Master Plan

    7 months ago
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    The following resolution was adopted at the Strategy & Assets Committee held Tuesday 23 January 2018.

    That Council:

    1. Adopt the Draft Bay & Basin Master Plan, with minor wording changes to the report as outlined in the submission table.
    2. During development of detailed design Council incorporate additional Learn to Swim/ Therapy Pool.
    3. Continue the licence with the Department of Education for the existing building at Sanctuary Point and staff liaise with the local community and user groups to determine its best use.

    Following this resolution, a Rescission Motion (a motion to reverse a previous decision) was submitted for Council's consideration...

    The following resolution was adopted at the Strategy & Assets Committee held Tuesday 23 January 2018.

    That Council:

    1. Adopt the Draft Bay & Basin Master Plan, with minor wording changes to the report as outlined in the submission table.
    2. During development of detailed design Council incorporate additional Learn to Swim/ Therapy Pool.
    3. Continue the licence with the Department of Education for the existing building at Sanctuary Point and staff liaise with the local community and user groups to determine its best use.

    Following this resolution, a Rescission Motion (a motion to reverse a previous decision) was submitted for Council's consideration at the Ordinary Meeting on 30 January 2018.

    The Rescission Motion was carried, meaning the previous resolution from 23 January 2018 no longer stands and a new Notice of Motion could be put to Council.

    The new Notice of Motion was carried (supported) and resolved that Council:

    1. Defer consideration of the Draft Bay and Basin Hub Master Plan until Council receives a report from the General Manager on other staging options excluding the District Library.
    2. Prepare an application for a District Library at Sanctuary Point.

    A Rescission Motion was received on this item and dealt with at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 27 February 2018.

    The Rescission Motion was carried meaning the previous resolution from 30 January was overturned, allowing for a new Notice of Motion to be put. The new resolution determined that Council:

    1. Adopt the Draft Bay and Basin Community Hub Master Plan
    2. During development of detailed design Council incorporate additional Learn to Swim/Therapy Pool
    3. Continue the licence with the Department of Education for the existing building at Sanctuary Point and staff liaise with local community and user groups to maintain the Sanctuary Point Library and develop it further in the current location or nearby should the department of Education require the land back.

    A Rescission Motion has been received on this item and will be dealt with at Council's Ordinary Meeting on 27 March 2018.

  • Outcome of Councillor Workshop - 7 December 2017

    7 months ago
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    A further Councillor Workshop was held on 7 December 2017 to discuss the Bay and Basin Community Hub Draft Master Plan .

    Discussion was had at this workshop regarding the intended colocation of the library with the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre and its central location to the community as a whole. The impact that this would have on the Sanctuary Point community, where the current library is situated, was also discussed.

    It was decided that staff would research the options for the library building to remain in its current location and be used to provide services to the community....

    A further Councillor Workshop was held on 7 December 2017 to discuss the Bay and Basin Community Hub Draft Master Plan .

    Discussion was had at this workshop regarding the intended colocation of the library with the Bay and Basin Leisure Centre and its central location to the community as a whole. The impact that this would have on the Sanctuary Point community, where the current library is situated, was also discussed.

    It was decided that staff would research the options for the library building to remain in its current location and be used to provide services to the community. Staff would liaise with local community groups and members of the local population to determine its best use.

    It should be noted that Council has a licence to use the land, owned the by NSW Department of Education, upon which the current Sanctuary Point Library is located.