Boongaree (Previously Berry District Park)

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The Boongaree area (previously Berry District Park) provides a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the northern edge of the township of Berry following the introduction of the Berry bypass road.

This page provides information and updates relating to the construction and development of Boongaree. Additional project pages are provided for some stages of the project, including:
- Boongaree Reconciliation Garden - Stage 4
- Boongaree Dog Fenced Off-Leash Area - Stage 6

The Boongaree area is already popular with the local community and visitors, with a great diversity of active sporting and passive recreation activities. The site has an extensive frontage

The Boongaree area (previously Berry District Park) provides a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the northern edge of the township of Berry following the introduction of the Berry bypass road.

This page provides information and updates relating to the construction and development of Boongaree. Additional project pages are provided for some stages of the project, including:
- Boongaree Reconciliation Garden - Stage 4
- Boongaree Dog Fenced Off-Leash Area - Stage 6

The Boongaree area is already popular with the local community and visitors, with a great diversity of active sporting and passive recreation activities. The site has an extensive frontage to North Street, with a secondary frontage to Woodhill Mountain Road on its eastern side. The northern extent of the park is bounded by the new Princes Highway/Berry bypass road which was officially opened in July 2017.

The Boongaree Evaluation Survey 2020-2024 Longitudinal Survey will identify the economic benefit Boongaree will bring to the Berry township.

Project Vision

Broadly, the vision for Boongaree is to provide unique recreation facilities that build on the existing successes of the area and facilitates future opportunities to improve and supplement broader community needs.

View the latest detailed design via the News Feed section of the project page below.

Following the exhibition of the Master Plan and consultation with the community and government agencies, a number of changes were proposed to the plan. The plan was re-exhibited in order to gain community feedback on the proposed changed and inclusions.

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For further information or enquiries, please contact Council's Project Manager, Anthony Meta (02) 4429 3676 or email anthony.meta@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • More Parking for Boongaree

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    Shoalhaven City Council invested in the Boongaree Nature Play Park, with support from NSW Government, Berry Rotary and the Berry community, to reinvigorate the northern edge of the Berry township. After extensive community consultation, the Boongaree Masterplan was developed and subsequently adopted to outline the design concept and construction stages of Boongaree.

    Since construction commenced, Council has received representation from the community about the need for additional parking spaces.

    Upcoming Stages 5 and 7 of the Masterplan, once completed, will deliver an additional 196 parking spaces.

    In response to the community representations Council has taken the following actions.

    Stage 7 (stage 1B) - Boongaree Masterplan - senior sports fields and car parking

    Council is now fast-tracking part of Stage 7 (now known as stage 1B) to construct 45 of those car parking spaces adjacent to the existing parking at the nature play area. This is anticipated to be completed by November 2022 subject to favourable weather.

    Stage 5 - Boongaree Masterplan – junior sports oval and car parking

    Council have been investigating opportunities to fast-track car parking along North Street. Investigations have identified that there is significant risk with delivering works from this stage as separate components. There is the potential for site levels to be out of alignment, compromising future stages of work, as well the potential for any fast-tracked works to be damaged by subsequent construction works. Other key considerations include construction access to the site, and public and contractor safety. Council will continue investigating if a permanent, fast-tracked solution can be achieved.

    Stage 5 - Long Vehicle Parking

    Long vehicle parking was adopted in the Masterplan and forms part of Stage 5. The location chosen was based on feedback from the community during the development of the Masterplan. Representations from the community cited concerns about safety. As a result, it was determined that a traffic movement study should be undertaken to understand the turning circle required for a long vehicle to enter this parking area. If this assessment determines that the access is compliant, the long vehicle parking will remain in this location and will be delivered in accordance with the adopted Masterplan. Should the assessment determine the proposal is not compliant, further investigations will be undertaken.

    North Street parking, west of Alexandra Street, Berry

    In addition to requests made about fast tracking stages 5 and 7, Council reconsidered the formalisation of 80 lineal metres along North Street, to the west of the Alexandra Street intersection as car parking. This proposal delivers around 32 additional parking spaces. This proposal was originally rejected in feedback from the community, but following recent community consultation it was determined that Council would progress to the detailed design stage for those 32 spaces.

  • Council Resolution - Additional Parking

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    At Council's Ordinary Meeting on 12 September 2022 (MIN22.581), it was RESOLVED:

    That Council:

    1. Receive the outcomes of the recent community consultation for information and further ongoing community consultation be held with respect to potential acceleration of the Stage 5 parking and the siting of long vehicle parking.

    2. Progress to the development of construction ready designs and any necessary assessments for the proposed additional 90-degree car parking spaces along North Street, 80m west of Alexandra Street, Berry.

    3. Progress to delivery of the additional car parking proposal as soon as possible.

    4. Source funding for the additional car parking proposal, with consideration to an alteration to the Low-Cost Loan Initiative.

    5. Undertake a Vehicle Turning Assessment for the entry to the proposed long vehicle parking location as per the adopted Master Plan.

    6. Subject to the compliance with the Vehicle Turning Assessment proceed with the delivery of the long vehicle parking as part of Stage 5 of the adopted Master Plan.

    7. Inform the community of the outcome of the Vehicle Turning Assessment and way forward.

    8. Investigate opportunities to introduce appropriate safe passage measures at the intersection of North Street and Prince Alfred Street and prepare a future report to the Shoalhaven Traffic Committee.

  • Council Meeting - Additional Parking

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    Please be advised that a report on the additional parking at Boongaree is expected to be considered at the Council's  Ordinary meeting on 12 September 2022. The purpose of the report is to determine the way forward for the additional parking proposed on North Street, Berry.

    You can access the report on Council’s Agendas and Minutes webpage.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 pm and will be held in the Council Chambers at Council’s Administration Building, Nowra. Members of the public are welcome to attend or can watch live streamed on Council's website.

    If you would like to deputation regarding this matter, please read the Deputation FAQs on Council’s website and submit an online application form, or contact Council’s Governance Team on 1300 293 111.

    Prior to making a request, please review the report as you will need to advise whether you are making a deputation for or against the report recommendations.

  • Community Safety Assessment

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    Council is doing a Community Safety Assessment in response to Community concerns.

    Working collaboratively with Council, the Police are leading a site assessment. A major component of this assessment is Community involvement.

    There will be two assessments, one in the daylight and one in the darkness.

    We would like you to attend both sessions for continuity.

    When: Friday, 5 August 2022

    Where: Cnr North Street and Albany Street

    Time: 4.30 - 6.30pm (daylight and darkness)

    Please register your availability, through the Online Registration Form on this web page.

    For more information, please call Liliana Hutchinson on 02 4429 3456 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • July 2022 - Longitudinal Study

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    Council is encouraging visitors to Berry to participate in the July 2022 Longitudinal Study Survey which aims to identify the economic benefit that Boongaree will bring to the Berry Township.

    The Boongaree area (previously known as Berry District Park) is being redeveloped to provide upgraded and new recreational facilities. Visitors are being surveyed at intervals over the duration of the project to produce data that can be used to identify economic impact. The development of Boongaree is an action in the Berry Strategic Plan designed to enhance commerce within the Township following the opening of the highway by-pass.

    This survey will be completed in coordination with the Berry Chamber of Commerce.

    The survey closes on Thursday, 4 August 2022.

  • Have Your Say - Boongaree Additional Car Parking

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    CLOSED: This survey has now closed.
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    Shoalhaven City Council is aware of the issues and community concerns regarding car parking at Boongaree, Berry.

    Parking elements around such an important piece of infrastructure need to be considered in regard to the entire Boongaree project. As a result, additional measures are currently being investigated to address parking issues at Boongaree.

    Taking into consideration the consultation that has already occurred for the Boongaree Master Plan, Council has decided to commence and re-open consultation with the community for proposed additional 90-degree car parking spaces along North Street, 80m west of Alexandra Street, Berry. The area impacted by the proposal is depicted in RED in the associated images.

    Council has prepared an online survey to obtain feedback on the above proposal and future parking identified in the Master Plan, including the long vehicle parking site.

    Please provide your feedback by completing the Online Survey on this webpage by Sunday, 10 July 2022.


  • Stages 5 and 7 - Upgrade to the Western and Eastern Sporting Fields

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    Boongaree stages 5 and 7 involves the redesign of the Junior and Senior Sporting Fields, parking (including long vehicle) as well as new footpaths, drainage, and irrigation. The design of the main sporting field and junior field is currently being developed. A key design challenge is to incorporate effective drainage for the fields that is compatible with the conditions at the site during and after rain days. The design activity is being finalised by SPORTENG and this is planned to be concluded in December 2022.

    We have investigated fast-tracking 45 car spaces of Stage 5 parking, which have been able to be brought forward to completion by early November 2022.

    The design of the two fields and the ground drainage is currently being further developed from the initial design and this task will be completed in December 2022. Construction works would commence in 2023.

    The proposed design includes:

      • earthworks plan and establishment of a finished surface design model for the field
      • stormwater and subsoil drainage for the field
      • design of the new carparks and entry areas
      • irrigation design for the field.

    The sequence of construction activities will be the development of the main field and then followed by the adjacent car park. The last phase of construction, is currently Stage 5, the junior field and adjacent car park area. The key factors that may impact the completion date of construction will be the availability of contractors and the frequency of rain days. Following community feedback, Council are investigating fast-tracking part of the car parking in Stage 5. This may allow car parking along North St to be brought forward, subject to ensuring the safety of the public and contractors is able to be maintained. Council will provide an update on staging and programming once this feasibility assessment has been undertaken and the correct technical personnel have provided comment.

    If you have any enquiries in relation to this project, please do not hesitate to contact Anthony Meta (02) 4429 3676 or stay up to date on this project by subscribing to this Get Involved web page.

    The design of the two fields and the ground drainage is currently being further developed from the initial design and this task will be completed in December 2022. Construction works would commence in 2023.

  • Car Parking at Boongaree - We are listening

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    Whilst we have loved seeing the heavy foot traffic the opening of Boongaree has brought, we also hear and understand the frustrations with the lack of available car parking.

    The Boongaree project has been broken into 7 stages, with car parking included in Stages 1, 5 and 7.

    We are looking into decreasing the parking pressure.

    Whilst we don’t think fast-tracking the final carparks will help, due to other stages of construction planned, we believe there are other options which we are currently investigating for improvement.

    The current works being planned are an increased area to the paved car park to the South East of the park. These works will be completed in September 2022 for the creation of 16 spaces. We will then implement additional parking in April 2023 and then further in November 2023 in the next stages of the project for the development of the Cricket field, in Stages 5 and 7.

    We will aim to improve signage here to ensure the project stages as well as the parking options are clearly signed.

  • Stage 4a - Netball Courts and Cricket Nets

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    Stage 4a will commence construction in May 2022.

    This stage will see the delivery of two synthetic netball courts and four cricket nets. The four cricket nets will make Boongaree into a Regional Cricket training facility.

    Works are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

    Please contact Jackson McEnallay for further information: Jackson.McEnallay@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • 2022 Summer Longitudinal Study

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    Council is encouraging visitors to Berry to participate in the 2022 Summer Longitudinal Survey which aims to identify the economic benefit that Boongaree will bring to the Berry Township.

    The Boongaree area (previously known as Berry District Park) is being redeveloped to provide upgraded and new recreational facilities. Visitors are being surveyed at intervals over the duration of the project to produce data that can be used to identify economic impact. The development of Boongaree is an action in the Berry Strategic Plan designed to enhance commerce within the Township following the opening of the highway by-pass.

    This survey will be completed in coordination with the Berry Chamber of Commerce. The information garnered will inform and enhance applications for grant funding for stages 4-7 of Boongaree and assist with current grant funding acquittals.

    The survey closes on Monday, 7 March 2022.

Page last updated: 11 Nov 2022, 04:48 PM