Boongaree (Previously Berry District Park)

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.

The area is already popular with the local community and visitors, with a great diversity of active sporting and passive recreation activities.

Boongaree is located on the northern edge of the township of Berry. 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.


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.


Master Plan altered parking concept (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.


Latest News

Check out the News Feed below to find out what is currently happening with this project.

To keep abreast of the latest news, subscribe for project updates via the "Stay Informed" widget located on this page.


Further Information

For further information or enquiries, please contact Council's Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.


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.

The area is already popular with the local community and visitors, with a great diversity of active sporting and passive recreation activities.

Boongaree is located on the northern edge of the township of Berry. 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.


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.


Master Plan altered parking concept (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.


Latest News

Check out the News Feed below to find out what is currently happening with this project.

To keep abreast of the latest news, subscribe for project updates via the "Stay Informed" widget located on this page.


Further Information

For further information or enquiries, please contact Council's Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.


  • Boongaree Project Update

    15 days ago
    October front page

    October 2019

    Council is pleased to welcome Project Manager, Tony Azzouni, to the Boongaree Team to deliver Stage 1 of the project. Boongaree is a seven-stage project that has been planned and designed with the input and hard work of Community, Council and Consultants.

    Over the last four years, Council has worked diligently with Berry Rotary, Berry Forum, Berry Chamber of Commerce and all of the committed Community members that have put forth time, suggestions and assistance to the progression of Boongaree. Council is thankful for these partnerships as they provide vital information to all parts of the design process.

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    October 2019

    Council is pleased to welcome Project Manager, Tony Azzouni, to the Boongaree Team to deliver Stage 1 of the project. Boongaree is a seven-stage project that has been planned and designed with the input and hard work of Community, Council and Consultants.

    Over the last four years, Council has worked diligently with Berry Rotary, Berry Forum, Berry Chamber of Commerce and all of the committed Community members that have put forth time, suggestions and assistance to the progression of Boongaree. Council is thankful for these partnerships as they provide vital information to all parts of the design process.

    Council's Traffic Unit is currently putting together a report for the Traffic Committee in October. The report will discuss items such as parking and North St usage once the park is built.

    Community have been an integral part to the design, fundraising and progression of this great project and there are opportunities for volunteers on this project. If you have a skill that you would like to share, please contact us via the information below.

    For further information on volunteering, please phone Council on 4429 3111.

    This project is proudly supported by the Berry Town Crier. Read the October edition of the Town Crier online now...


  • Boongaree Update

    13 days ago
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    September 2019

    Get ready Berry, a new nature park is coming your way! Exciting things have been happening and Boongaree is on the path to being built. Council in partnership with the Rotary Club of Berry, Berry Forum, Berry Chamber of Commerce and other Community and Sporting Groups are working together to deliver the first funded stage which includes a dual flying fox (in late 2020) and other parts of the Rotary Nature Play Park (by the end of 2021).

    Most importantly, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has promised the Rotary Club of Berry $4 million to deliver the...

    September 2019

    Get ready Berry, a new nature park is coming your way! Exciting things have been happening and Boongaree is on the path to being built. Council in partnership with the Rotary Club of Berry, Berry Forum, Berry Chamber of Commerce and other Community and Sporting Groups are working together to deliver the first funded stage which includes a dual flying fox (in late 2020) and other parts of the Rotary Nature Play Park (by the end of 2021).

    Most importantly, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has promised the Rotary Club of Berry $4 million to deliver the Nature Play Park. Though this funding is not included in this year's State budget hopefully it will be available soon.

    Further stages include picnic areas. sporting fields, pump track, and dog off-leash area as additional funding becomes available. Although this project is partially funded by State and Federal grants.

    Council and the Boongaree Working Group are working together on a Donor Package. Businesses and Community can contribute to the purchase of various components of Boongaree. Stay tuned for more info within the coming months.

    The location of this large recreational development is on North St. formerly Berry Sporting Complex.

    This project is proudly supported by the Berry Town Crier. Read their September issue online...


  • Update - February 2019

    8 months ago
    Staging plan preview

    At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 18 December 2018, it was resolved that Council:

    1. Support the amendments to the revised Master Plan and adopt the detail design for Boongaree.
    2. Council receive a further report in relation to the skate park extension following further investigations.
    3. Identify at a future quarterly budget review an initial budget allocation of $200,000 to utilise for matching funding for upcoming grant applications, including NSW Government Everyone Can Play Grant Initiative.
    4. Develop a Business Case and Funding Plan for the staged delivery of Boongaree that identifies funding sources, including grant funding and...

    At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 18 December 2018, it was resolved that Council:

    1. Support the amendments to the revised Master Plan and adopt the detail design for Boongaree.
    2. Council receive a further report in relation to the skate park extension following further investigations.
    3. Identify at a future quarterly budget review an initial budget allocation of $200,000 to utilise for matching funding for upcoming grant applications, including NSW Government Everyone Can Play Grant Initiative.
    4. Develop a Business Case and Funding Plan for the staged delivery of Boongaree that identifies funding sources, including grant funding and community fundraising opportunities, over several budget cycles commencing 2018/19 for inclusion in Council’s long-term financial plan.

    View the Staging Plan


    The project team have since applied for two grants (both matching grants):

    • Everybody Can Play Grant – Flying fox and footpaths $200K
    • Building Better Regions – Children’s Adventure Zone $500K

    The project team are also pursuing other grant funding opportunities.

  • Update – 18 October 2018

    12 months ago
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    Update – 18 October 2018

    The detailed design has been updated to since August 2018, with changes including:

    • Junior field northern footpath moved
    • Amenities have moved south a little bit to accommodate three bays (one being lift and change)
    • Exercise equipment has moved to the North East area (Camp Quality area)
    • Flying fox swapped with climbing area
    • Footprint allocated for future multi user clubhouse
    • BBQ/picnic area in open area of Nature Park

    A few more refinements of the detailed design are expected, with the final masterplan...

    Update – 18 October 2018

    The detailed design has been updated to since August 2018, with changes including:

    • Junior field northern footpath moved
    • Amenities have moved south a little bit to accommodate three bays (one being lift and change)
    • Exercise equipment has moved to the North East area (Camp Quality area)
    • Flying fox swapped with climbing area
    • Footprint allocated for future multi user clubhouse
    • BBQ/picnic area in open area of Nature Park

    A few more refinements of the detailed design are expected, with the final masterplan on track for completion by the end of the month (October 2018).

    View the updated draft masterplan (3MB pdf)

  • Update - September 2018

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    10 September 2018

    The detailed design for Boongaree is expected to be completed by next month, October 2018.

    It is expected that the parking (drainage and design) and Learn to Ride components will be finalised first (September 2018), followed by detailed design of the skate park, netball courts, sporting fields (drainage and irrigation) and clubhouse.

    10 September 2018

    The detailed design for Boongaree is expected to be completed by next month, October 2018.

    It is expected that the parking (drainage and design) and Learn to Ride components will be finalised first (September 2018), followed by detailed design of the skate park, netball courts, sporting fields (drainage and irrigation) and clubhouse.

  • Contribute to the Aboriginal Nature Space

    about 1 year ago
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    9 August 2018

    Council is seeking a group of committed individuals to come together to help plan, design and build a native tucker garden in Boongaree (previously known as Berry District Park).

    A garden design that is informed and loved by the community is essential to the community growth and connectivity of the area.

    Volunteers will work in coordination with Council's planning and design teams, the Garden Club and Landcare.

    Please contact Lili Hutchinson to register your interest. Phone: 4429 3111 or email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    For a clearer view of the below image, please download the poster (3 MB)



    9 August 2018

    Council is seeking a group of committed individuals to come together to help plan, design and build a native tucker garden in Boongaree (previously known as Berry District Park).

    A garden design that is informed and loved by the community is essential to the community growth and connectivity of the area.

    Volunteers will work in coordination with Council's planning and design teams, the Garden Club and Landcare.

    Please contact Lili Hutchinson to register your interest. Phone: 4429 3111 or email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    For a clearer view of the below image, please download the poster (3 MB)



  • Boongaree: the New Name Chosen for Berry District Park

    about 1 year ago
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    31 July 2018

    The community has spoken and the planned Berry District Park on North Street Berry has a new name.

    After extensive community consultation on the proposed name change for the park, the community voted for and Shoalhaven City Council has endorsed the name “Boongaree”.

    Boongaree (Boon-ga-ree) is the original Indigenous name given to the area of Berry by the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal nation.

    Extensive community engagement regarding the naming of the park was undertaken over the last three months with the community, families, schools and sporting groups.

    Boongaree aims to provide unique recreation facilities that...

    31 July 2018

    The community has spoken and the planned Berry District Park on North Street Berry has a new name.

    After extensive community consultation on the proposed name change for the park, the community voted for and Shoalhaven City Council has endorsed the name “Boongaree”.

    Boongaree (Boon-ga-ree) is the original Indigenous name given to the area of Berry by the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal nation.

    Extensive community engagement regarding the naming of the park was undertaken over the last three months with the community, families, schools and sporting groups.

    Boongaree aims to provide unique recreation facilities that build on the existing successes of the area and facilitates future opportunities to improve and supplement broader community recreational needs.

    In addition to the existing active recreation facilities, Boongaree will also have:
    • a pump track
    • additional junior cricket, rugby league and junior soccer pitches
    • exercise equipment
    • extended skate park
    • extended parking
    • new netball courts
    • nature play children’s area
    • youth passive recreations spaces
    • walking circuit
    • fenced dog park and
    • learn to ride
    • bus and RV parking
    • additional amenity (with lift and change) facilities
    • a sensory garden and native flora area.
    Children young and old will be able to play on the new skatepark extension, discover the adventure playground and slide, enjoy the messy materials play zone or experience the learn to ride facility.

    The sporting community will be able to use new junior cricket, soccer and league fields, training areas, netball and basketball courts. There will be a fencing upgrade/expansion of the current cricket cage. A variety of exercise stations will also be installed to ensure this is a park for exercise, fun and play all year around.

    Mayor Amanda Findley said, “Council is so excited to have an Indigenous name that reflects the heritage of the land. We aim to have an inclusive park that all the community can relax and have fun in, whether they like sport, play, somewhere to take the pooch, ride the bike or have a picnic.”

  • Deadline Extended for Naming Suggestions

    over 1 year ago
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    The naming engagement has been well received by the local Berry community, and as such, Shoalhaven City Council has extended the deadline for community members to provide suggested names from 30 April to 16 May 2018.

    This means the shortlist of the very best names will now be displayed from 17 May 2018, and community members will be able to vote for their favourite shortlisted name between 17-30 May 2018.

    For further information, please contact Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    The naming engagement has been well received by the local Berry community, and as such, Shoalhaven City Council has extended the deadline for community members to provide suggested names from 30 April to 16 May 2018.

    This means the shortlist of the very best names will now be displayed from 17 May 2018, and community members will be able to vote for their favourite shortlisted name between 17-30 May 2018.

    For further information, please contact Social Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on (02) 4429 3372 or email liliana.hutchinson@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • Updated Concept Plan - April 2018

    over 1 year ago
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    The concept plan has now been updated to include the exercise stations.

    For a closer look, download the Concept Plan (PDF 7.5MB)

    The Concept Plan includes:

    1. Fenced off-leash dog park including quiet zone for quiet dogs.
    2. Dedicated long vehicle parking for caravans and RV's.
    3. Junior cricket, soccer and league fields.
    4. Bike pump track.
    5. Bike wash.
    6. Picnic shelter.
    7. Skatepark extension and modernisation.
    8. Adventure play.
    9. Slide and stage.
    10. Open space for free play and picnics.
    11. Universal amenity building.
    12. Quiet play zone.
    13. Sand and water playground.
    14. Grand entry.
    15. ...


    The concept plan has now been updated to include the exercise stations.

    For a closer look, download the Concept Plan (PDF 7.5MB)

    The Concept Plan includes:

    1. Fenced off-leash dog park including quiet zone for quiet dogs.
    2. Dedicated long vehicle parking for caravans and RV's.
    3. Junior cricket, soccer and league fields.
    4. Bike pump track.
    5. Bike wash.
    6. Picnic shelter.
    7. Skatepark extension and modernisation.
    8. Adventure play.
    9. Slide and stage.
    10. Open space for free play and picnics.
    11. Universal amenity building.
    12. Quiet play zone.
    13. Sand and water playground.
    14. Grand entry.
    15. Learn to ride facility.
    16. Fencing upgrade/expansion of cricket cage.
    17. Netball and Basketball courts.
    18. Mist forest.
    19. Messy materials play zone.
    20. League and Cricket fields.
    21. Overflow parking, training area
    22. Bus parking and turn around.
    23. Exercise stations

    Please see the previous news article for further details on most of the above components.

  • On Site Children's Consultation - Sunday, 25 March

    over 1 year ago
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    Shoalhaven City Council is inviting children of all ages from Berry and the surrounding areas to provide feedback on the development of Berry District Park.

    A Children’s Consultation will be held on Sunday, 25 March 2018, from 10am to 12pm at North Street Park, Berry.

    The consultation is seeking feedback from children and youth (as well as parent and interested community members) on components of the playground and play equipment.

    A sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and other refreshments will be available.

    For more information, please phone Council's Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on 4429 3111.

    Download flyer (PDF 2.8MB)

    Shoalhaven City Council is inviting children of all ages from Berry and the surrounding areas to provide feedback on the development of Berry District Park.

    A Children’s Consultation will be held on Sunday, 25 March 2018, from 10am to 12pm at North Street Park, Berry.

    The consultation is seeking feedback from children and youth (as well as parent and interested community members) on components of the playground and play equipment.

    A sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and other refreshments will be available.

    For more information, please phone Council's Infrastructure Planner, Liliana Hutchinson on 4429 3111.

    Download flyer (PDF 2.8MB)