Conjola Improvements

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Following the devastating bushfires that hit Conjola Park over the 2019/20 summer, the community gathered together to identify a series of improvements in the Conjola area.

The Conjola Community Recovery Association engaged TAKT Studio for Architecture. Following a series of on-site discussions with various community members and Conjola Community Recovery Association, TAKT Studio for Architecture developed two Draft documents, the Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Draft Yooralla Bay Concept Plan.

Both of these documents were reported to Council in early 2021. While the plans were not adopted in full, Council has adopted a number of infrastructure improvement components contained in

Following the devastating bushfires that hit Conjola Park over the 2019/20 summer, the community gathered together to identify a series of improvements in the Conjola area.

The Conjola Community Recovery Association engaged TAKT Studio for Architecture. Following a series of on-site discussions with various community members and Conjola Community Recovery Association, TAKT Studio for Architecture developed two Draft documents, the Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Draft Yooralla Bay Concept Plan.

Both of these documents were reported to Council in early 2021. While the plans were not adopted in full, Council has adopted a number of infrastructure improvement components contained in the plans.

Council is now proceeding to deliver these components, including the following:

At Hoylake Grove Park:

  • Memorial garden and seating elements
  • Footpaths from Hoylake Grove to and around playground
  • Shade/shelter near playground
  • Accessible BBQ and picnic facilities (in accordance with grant funding)

At Lake Conjola:

  • Entrance Road bikeway through to the boat ramp

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  • Hoylake Grove Shelter & BBQ Installation Delayed

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    by Madelaine North,

    Due to the recent periods of wet weather and unforeseen circumstances, the construction of the new shelter and installation of the barbeque in Valley Drive Reserve at Hoylake Grove, Conjola Park has been delayed until the new year. Council apologise for any inconvenience.

  • Hoylake Grove Reserve - Improvement Works Update

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    by Madelaine North,

    Council wishes to advise the residents of Conjola Park of the following update for infrastructure works currently underway at Hoylake Grove Reserve, Conjola Park.

    The shade sail was completed in November by a local contractor. Families can now enjoy the play equipment in the midday hours in full shade over the upcoming summer holidays.

    The BBQ shelter and picnic facilities are currently under construction and are planned to be completed and available for use prior to Christmas.

    Unfortunately due to the persistent wet weather experienced in November and early December, construction of the pathway network will now be completed in January 2022.

  • Improvements to Hoylake Grove Reserve

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    Council is pleased to advise Conjola Park residents of some exciting park upgrades coming soon to Hoylake Grove Reserve (located on Hoylake Grove, Conjola Park).

    The upgrades seek to improve access to existing infrastructure and enhance the useability of the open space. The upgrades include:

    • A new pathway network from Hoylake Grove to and around the playground
    • A 6x4m shelter with wheelchair accessible BBQ picnic facilities
    • A new shade sail to improve sun safety of the existing play equipment

    The shade sail will be installed first, followed by construction of the pathway linking the playground, seating, BBQ and adjacent reserve.

    These works for Hoylake Grove have been enabled via grant funding from the Federal Government and Council’s capital budget.

    Works are expected to be completed by December 2021.

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    Drawing for shelter:

    Shade projections:
    Please note the colours shown in the drawings are for illustrative purposes only. The shade sail will be coloured ‘Brunswick Green’ with ‘Riversand’ coloured posts and be positioned over the playground.

    Shade projections at various times of day during mid-summer:

    Plan for pathway network:


  • Council Resolution - Draft Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan

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    At the Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on Tuesday 9 February 2021, Council resolved not to adopt the Draft Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan, however, supported providing some infrastructure improvements in the Conjola Park and Lake Conjola area, aiming to improve the amenity of the area for the community.

    It was resolved that Council:

    1. Acknowledge and commend the efforts of the Conjola Community Recovery Association and the hard work and commitment in developing the Draft Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Draft Yooralla Bay Concept Plan. In doing so, Council writes to the Conjola Park residents thanking them for their input into the community consultation, and confirming the extent of the Council’s commitment to the infrastructure improvements adopted in the recommendation.

    2. Do not adopt the Draft Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Draft Yooralla Bay Concept Plan prepared by TAKT Studio for Architecture and instead endorse the following infrastructure improvements:

    a. Hoylake Grove Park, Conjola Park:

    i. Memorial Garden and seating elements

    ii. Footpaths from Hoylake Grove to and around Playground, Shade/Shelter near playground, Accessible BBQ and picnic facilities in accordance with grant funding

    b. Lake Conjola:

    i. Lake Conjola Entrance Road Bikeway through to the boat ramp elements identified in the Draft Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan, without the deviation at Aney Street.

    3. Continue to advocate and seek funding for any of the identified infrastructure improvements that cannot be met by the existing grant monies with Council contribution of $200,000 and any additional embellishments and infrastructure as identified by the community.

    4. Continue to liaise with the Conjola Community Recovery Association regarding any donated funds which have been raised that could be used towards the delivery of these elements.

    Council staff have written to the community to inform them of the outcome of the Council meeting. We received many submissions and really appreciate the level of engagement during the process.

    The first step for Council staff is to now progress with delivering the improvements at Hoylake Grove Park including footpaths, shade / shelter, and accessible BBQ and picnic facility.

    Integral to this, is working with the Conjola Park residents to ensure we are able to deliver what the community wants. To this end, we will continue to consult further and provide updates in relation to the delivery of these works via the Get Involved project page.

  • Take a Quick Poll

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    In addition to the two surveys, we have created a Quick Poll to give our community the opportunity to have your say about what you would like to see improved in the parks and open spaces of Conjola Park and Lake Conjola.

    Thank you for your input, this Quick Poll has now closed.

  • Onsite Consultation Sessions with Council staff about Conjola Masterplans

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    As part of the reopening of the community consultation period on the draft Conjola Connected Communities Master Plan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan, Council staff will be out in Conjola Park and Lake Conjola to meet with the community members who are interested in finding out more about the draft Plans.

    The on-site consultation sessions will be held across three separate days at the following sites:

    • Wednesday 11 November, 12pm to 2pm at Hoylake Park
    • Wednesday 18 November, 12pm to 2pm at Lake Conjola Community Hall
    • Thursday 19 November, 3pm to 6pm at the Bushfire Hub, Lake Conjola Community Hall

    You can download a copy of the Community Consultation Flyer via this link.

  • Community Consultation Reopens

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    Consultation on the Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan will reopen after the community raised some concerns that Council have not reached everyone during the consultation period that ran from 3 August and 30 September 2020 (inclusive).

    The community consultation period will reopen from Friday 30 October to Friday 27 November (inclusive). The reopening will involve the same surveys as the initial consultation period, as well as an opportunity to provide written submissions.

    The surveys will be available via the following links:


    If you require a hard copy of the survey, please contact Jessica Volkanovski on (02) 4429 3152. Should you wish to provide a written submission, these will also be accepted. Written submissions are to be sent to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or P.O. Box 42 Nowra NSW 2541 by the consultation close date.

    Keep an eye out for flyers in your mail box.

  • Council’s Position on the Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan

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    Shoalhaven City Council would like to take this opportunity to confirm that Council has not endorsed or adopted the Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan.

    Further, Council would like to clarify that TAKT Studio for Architecture are not Council’s architects and were not engaged by Council. The engagement of TAKT Studio for Architecture who Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan was wholly the responsibility of the Conjola Community Recovery Association who also funded these services.

    Council’s aim throughout the Community Engagement and Consultation period, which has been run and managed by Council staff, has been to work with the residents of Conjola Park so that we understand what you do or do not want to see in the park and foreshore areas of Yooralla Bay and Hoylake Park, and the Lake Conjola area. This is why the feedback through the consultation period is important to us as it will help inform and guide any future works in your community.

    During the consultation period from 3 August and 28 September 2020 (inclusive), Council saw significant engagement from interested community members with:

    • 1900 Get Involved page visits.
    • Over 140 surveys were received for the Draft Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and the Draft Yooralla Bay Concept Plan.
    • Over 40 written submissions were received during the consultation period and after.
    • Webinar was attended by 39 participants, with over 50 questions received.

    Council will continue to work with the community in bushfire recovery efforts and improving the infrastructure provision in the Conjola Park and Lake Conjola areas, with a recent announcement made by the Federal Government awarding $165,000 towards pathways, BBQ and picnic facilities at Hoylakle Grove Reserve under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

    More information on the community consultation will be available soon.

  • Webinar Recording

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    This webinar recording includes Questions and Answers from presenters at the midpoint of the one hour webinar. The panel includes Shoalhaven City Council's Interim Director City Performance, Jane Lewis; Unit Manager Sport & Recreation, Susan Edwards and Senior Strategic Planner Jessica Volkanovski as well as Brent Dunn and Katharina Hendell from TAKT Studio for Architecture.


  • Free Webinar - Conjola Park

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    Shoalhaven City Council is hosting a webinar for community members to contribute to the Draft Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan.

    Both the Masterplan and Concept Plan are available for in the Documents Section.

    To join the Conjola Park Masterplan Webinar from a mobile device or tablet, please follow these instructions:

    1. Download/Install the Microsoft Teams App from the App Store
    2. Select sign up for free
    3. Enter your email address and select next
    4. Select ‘For friends and Family (under how do you want to use teams) and click next
    5. Select Go to Skype and download/install Skype
    6. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE WEBINAR
    7. When prompted join as a guest
    8. Type in your name and sign in as a guest

    You are now ready to watch the webinar!

    To join the Conjola Park Masterplan Webinar from a computer, please follow these instructions:

    1. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE WEBINAR
    2. When prompted click on ‘Watch on the web instead’
    3. Select Join anonymously

    You are now ready to watch the webinar!

    Please send your questions to communityengagement@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au prior to the session.

    When

    • Wednesday, 23 September 2020 | 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Location

    Online via Microsoft Teams

Page last updated: 20 Dec 2021, 03:55 PM