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.

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

    This 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: Wednesday 18 May 2021
    Time: 8am-12noon

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

    This 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

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    Council are currently in the process of preparing a Crown Land Plan of Management as a result of the legislation changes to the Crown Management Act 2016

    A Site-Specific Plan of Management is being prepared for;

    • Ulladulla Cemetery (Old), the Graves located on the Princes Highway, Ulladulla 
    • War Memorial located in Rotary Park Ulladulla
    • 275 Green Street, Ulladulla. The cottage is known as Ulladulla’s Oldest House, Workingman’s Cottage, Millard’s Historic Cottage as well as other common names. 

    The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback from the community on how they value the three sites, any issues or challenges experienced or identified at the sites and what they would like to see as the future direction of the sites. 

    Please submit any comment by Friday 13 November 2020.

    If you need further information about this matter, please contact Joshua Hanns on (02) 4429 5503.  

    Please quote Council’s reference 12578E (D20/452765). 


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    Council are currently in the process of revising the existing General Community Use Generic Plan of Management as a result of the legislation changes to the Crown Management Act 2016.

    The primary changes to the Plan of Management will be to include land that is Crown Reserves, and has been allocated a ‘General Community Use’ initial categorisation under the Local Government Act 1993.

    The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback from the community on how they value general community use reserves in Shoalhaven, any issues or challenges experienced or identified at parks in Shoalhaven and what they would like to see as the future direction of general community use reserves in Shoalhaven.

    Land that is categorised as ‘General Community Use’ under the Local Government Act 1993 and is covered in the General Community Use Plan of Management is land that may be made available for use for any purpose for which community land may be used, whether by the public at large or by specific sections of the public, for example, community gardens, child care centres, tennis courts. The full list is saved in the Document Library or via this link - List - General Community Use Category - Crown Land and Council Land

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    Council are currently in the process of revising the existing Sportsground Plan of Management as a result of the legislation changes to the Crown Management Act 2016.

    The primary changes to the Plan of Management will be to include land that is Crown Reserves, and has been allocated a ‘Sportsground’ initial categorisation under the Local Government Act 1993.

    The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback from the community on how they value sportsgrounds in Shoalhaven, any issues or challenges experienced or identified at parks in Shoalhaven and what they would like to see as the future direction of sportsgrounds in Shoalhaven.

    Land that is categorised as ‘Sportsgrounds’ under the Local Government Act 1993 and is covered in the Sportsground Plan of Management is land that is provided for structured or unstructured active recreation.  This includes training and competition, which may be undertaken either individually or as a team, as well as social active recreational pursuits. Sports facilities range from large regional facilities that support a range of activities to smaller sports facilities that have a more local appeal. The full list is saved in the Document Library or via this link List - Sportsgound Category - Crown Land and Council Land

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    Council are currently in the process of revising the existing Parks Generic Plan of Management as a result of the legislation changes to the Crown Management Act 2016.

    The primary changes to the Plan of Management will be to include land that is Crown Reserves, and has been allocated a ‘Park’ initial categorisation under the Local Government Act 1993.

    The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback from the community on how they value parks in the Shoalhaven, any issues or challenges experienced or identified at parks in Shoalhaven and what they would like to see as the future direction of parks in the Shoalhaven.

    Land that is categorised as ‘Parks’ under the Local Government Act 1993 and is covered in the Parks Plan of Management is land that is, or is proposed to be, improved by landscaping, gardens or the provision of non-sporting equipment and facilities.  The use of these spaces and facilities must be mainly for passive or active recreational, social, educational and cultural pursuits that do not unduly intrude on the peaceful enjoyment of the land by others. The full list of Parks is available in the Documents Library or via this link List - Parks Category - Crown Land and Council Land

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    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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