Plan of Management Review – Parks, Sportsgrounds, General Community Use, Showgrounds and Areas of Cultural Significance

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In 2018, new legislation came into effect on the management of Crown Lands. One of the most significant changes of the new Act, the Crown Land Management Act 2016, is that it all Crown Reserves, where Council is the Crown Land Manager, must be managed as if it were public land under the Local Government Act 1993.

This means, when Crown Land receives a “Community” classification under the Local Government Act, it must be categorised in line with its Reserve Purpose, and a Plan of Management must prepared.

Council is also reviewing the Plans of Management for

In 2018, new legislation came into effect on the management of Crown Lands. One of the most significant changes of the new Act, the Crown Land Management Act 2016, is that it all Crown Reserves, where Council is the Crown Land Manager, must be managed as if it were public land under the Local Government Act 1993.

This means, when Crown Land receives a “Community” classification under the Local Government Act, it must be categorised in line with its Reserve Purpose, and a Plan of Management must prepared.

Council is also reviewing the Plans of Management for Crown Land with 'Natural Area' classification. Find out more by visiting the webpage for Plan of Management Review – Natural Areas.

What do the Crown Land Reforms involve?

To comply with the new requirements of the Crown Land Management Act 2016, Council must first assign a Category to the land, based on the purpose for which it was initially reserved. Crown Lands have prepared guidelines to assist with this process. The initial categorisation is submitted to Crown Lands for determination.

Once the initial categorisation is complete, Council will draft Plans of Management for the Crown land reserves in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Land Management Act 2016. One of these provisions is that community engagement is conducted during the process.

What are Plans of Management?

Plans of Management are useful tools for managing community land. Plans of Management set out objectives and performance targets for community land and promotes active land management and use, including issuing tenures over the land.

Council is currently writing Plans of Management for the Crown Reserves for which we are Crown Land Managers.

These Plans of Management must be adopted by 30 June 2021.

  • Nowra Showground Master Plan - Council Resolution

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    At the Ordinary Council meeting on 23 May 2022, Council resolved the following in relation to the draft Nowra Showground Master Plan (MIN22.351):

    That Council endorse the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan to progress to public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

    1. If no significant adverse feedback is received as part of the exhibition, the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan be finalised and deemed endorsed; or
    2. If significant adverse feedback is received a further report on the outcomes of the public exhibition of the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan will be submitted to Council with any proposed changes.

    As a result of the above resolution, Council publicly exhibited the draft Master Plan throughout June 2022. At the end of the exhibition period, Council received 8 submissions. The submissions were assessed by the Project Control Group, where some minor errors were adjusted in the Master Plan. None of the adjustments were deemed significant in order to trigger a report back to Council.

    As a result, the Nowra Showground Master Plan was deemed to be endorsed.

    The final Nowra Showground Master Plan guides future projects and upgrades to the Nowra Showground. Please contact the Social Infrastructure Planning Team on 4429 3111 if you have any further questions.

  • Council Resolution - Plans of Management Public Exhibition

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    At Council's Ordinary Meeting on 27 June 2022 it was resolved:

    That Council:

    1. Proceed to Public Exhibition of the following Plans of Management, upon receipt of Department of Planning and Environment consent:

    a. Kangaroo Valley Showground draft Plan of Management

    b. Berry Showground draft Plan of Management

    c. Milton Showground draft Plan of Management

    2. Undertake Public Exhibition of the draft Plans of Management in accordance with the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and Local Government Act 1993 for a minimum period of 42 days, and

    a. If no significant adverse feedback is received as part of the public exhibition, the draft Plans of Management be finalised and deemed adopted pursuant to section 38 of The Local Government Act 1993 and in accordance with 3.23(6) of the Crown Land Management Act 2016; or

    b. If significant adverse feedback is received as part of the public exhibition of the draft Plans of Management, Council to receive a report of the outcomes of the public exhibition period prior to adoption.

    3. Upon adoption of the draft Plans of Management, forward a copy of the adopted Plan of Management to the Department of Planning and Environment for record purposes.

    4. Rescind the following Plans of Management upon adoption of the new Plans of Management in Item 2 of this resolution:

    a. Kangaroo Valley Showground Plan of Management (D13/164176)

    b. Berry Showground Plan of Management (D11/116100)

    c. Milton Showground Plan of Management (D11/116086).

    The full minutes, and attachments, are available on Council's Agenda and Minutes web page.

  • Have Your Say - Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan

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    Following extensive community consultation, the community now has the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan.

    The Nowra Showground is a very special place for both residents and visitors alike. The draft master plan provides an opportunity for the Showground to evolve over time to become a host to fantastic Shows, camping destination, event and conference location and home to Community health and wellbeing.

    The master plan is a long-term strategy that will contribute to the success of the area.

    Please submit your feedback on the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan published in the Document Library by completing the Online Survey on this web page by Thursday, 30 June 2022.

  • Report to Council - Crown Land Plans of Management - Outstanding Showgrounds

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    A report on the Crown Land Plans of Management - Outstanding Showgrounds, is expected to be considered at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on Monday, 27 June 2022.

    View the full agenda on Council's Agendas and Minutes.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers at Council’s Administration Building. Members of the public are welcome to attend or you can watch the video meeting via live stream on Council's website.

    If you would like to make a deputation regarding this matter, please submit an application via the online application form on Council's website or contact Council’s Governance Team on 1300 293 111.

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

  • Have Your Say on the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan

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    Following extensive community consultation, the community now has the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan.

    The Nowra Showground is a very special place for both residents and visitors alike. The draft master plan provides an opportunity for the Showground to evolve over time to become a host to fantastic Shows, camping destination, event and conference location and home to Community health and wellbeing.

    The master plan is a long-term strategy that will contribute to the success of the area.

    Please submit your feedback on the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan published in the Document Library by completing the Online Survey on this web page by Thursday, 30 June 2022.

  • Council Resolution

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    At Council's 23 May 2022 Meeting it was resolved:

    That Council endorse the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan to progress to public exhibition for a period of 28 days.

    1. If no significant adverse feedback is received as part of the exhibition, the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan be finalised and deemed endorsed; or

    2. If significant adverse feedback is received a further report on the outcomes of the public exhibition of the Draft Nowra Showground Master Plan will be submitted to Council with any proposed changes.

    View the full minutes on Council's Agenda and Minutes Get Involved webpage.

  • Nowra Showground Master Plan

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    Ayling Drury have been contracted to complete the design components of the Nowra Showground.

    Design work will extend until the end of November 2021 and the Draft Master Plan will be on Exhibition for public comment from April 2022.

  • Milton Showground Plan of Management Review

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    The Shoalhaven City Council is currently reviewing the Plan of Management (PoM) for the Milton Showground.

    The plan will provide direction as to the use and management of the Showgrounds land, which is council-managed Crown reserves classified as ‘community land’ in the Shoalhaven City Council.

    This PoM is required in accordance with Section 3.23 of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and Section 36 of the Local Government Act 1993.

    Community land is valued for its important role in the social, intellectual, spiritual and physical enrichment of residents, workers, and visitors to the Shoalhaven.

    The intrinsic value of community land is also recognised, as is the important role this land plays in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem function.

    The Online Survey and consultation seeks the views of residents regarding the:

    • value of the site
    • use of the Showground
    • any current or ongoing challenges of the site
    • future use envisaged for the site.

    Note: This is not a ‘development’ or ‘master planning’ process. The PoM relates to the management of the land now and into the future.

    The survey is open until 5pm, Thursday 3 June 2021.

    For a more detailed discussion, you are welcome to drop-in to our consultation session on:

    Where: Milton Showground (in front of the Basket Ball Stadium)
    When: Tuesday 18 May 2021
    Time: 8am-12noon

  • Kangaroo Valley Plan of Management Review

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    The Shoalhaven City Council is currently reviewing the Plan of Management (PoM) for the Kangaroo Valley Showground.

    The plan will provide direction as to the use and management of the Showgrounds land, which is council-managed Crown reserves classified as ‘community land’ in the Shoalhaven City Council.

    This PoM is required in accordance with Section 3.23 of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and Section 36 of the Local Government Act 1993.

    Community land is valued for its important role in the social, intellectual, spiritual and physical enrichment of residents, workers, and visitors to the Shoalhaven.

    The intrinsic value of community land is also recognised, as is the important role this land plays in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem function.

    The Online Survey and consultation seeks the views of residents regarding the:

    • value of the site
    • use of the Showground
    • any current or ongoing challenges of the site
    • future use envisaged for the site.

    Note: This is not a ‘development’ or ‘master planning’ process. The PoM relates to the management of the land now and into the future.

    The survey is open until 5pm, Thursday 3 June 2021.

    For a more detailed discussion, you are welcome to drop-in to our consultation session on:

    Where: Kangaroo Valley Showground (in front of the hall)
    When: Wednesday 19 May 2021
    Time: 8am-12noon

  • Nowra Showground Plan of Management and Masterplan Consultation

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    Thank you for your feedback. This survey is now closed.

    Shoalhaven City Council is working on a new Plan of Management and Masterplan for Nowra Showground as a result of legislative reforms.

    Community and user groups have the opportunity to provide feedback on how they value the Nowra Showground, any issues or challenges experienced or identified and what they would like to see as the future direction of the site.

    Locale Consulting has been engaged by Council to undertake the consultation with the stakeholders and community, all information gathered will be used for the preparation of the Plan of Management and Masterplan. The consultation is set to discuss the Nowra Showground current uses, issues, challenges and future opportunities. This follows on from the Nowra Showground Ideas Day held in 2017.

    Provide Feedback

    Consultation to discuss the review of the Plan of Management and Masterplan for the Nowra Showground is being undertaken via drop in sessions and a survey.

    Drop in sessions will be located by the Pavilion at the Showground on the following days:

    • Wednesday 24 February 2021: 6pm - 8pm
    • Thursday 25 February 2021: 7:30am - 9:00am or 1:30pm - 4:00pm

    The Nowra Showground Master Plan and Plan of Management Survey will be available from 18 February to 15 March 2021.

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