Hyams Beach - Short and Long Term Options

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Shoalhaven City Council has been working with the Hyams Beach Village Association Community Consultative Body (HBVA CCB) and other community and business representatives on options to improve the impacts of high traffic and visitor numbers to Hyams Beach during peak times.

If you wish to register your interest to receive updates on this project - please click on the "Stay Informed" button found on this page.

Why is Council focusing on Hyams Beach Village?

Significant volumes of tourists visit Hyams Beach to enjoy the white sands of Jervis Bay and the village's natural bush setting.

The only vehicular access to

Shoalhaven City Council has been working with the Hyams Beach Village Association Community Consultative Body (HBVA CCB) and other community and business representatives on options to improve the impacts of high traffic and visitor numbers to Hyams Beach during peak times.

If you wish to register your interest to receive updates on this project - please click on the "Stay Informed" button found on this page.

Why is Council focusing on Hyams Beach Village?

Significant volumes of tourists visit Hyams Beach to enjoy the white sands of Jervis Bay and the village's natural bush setting.

The only vehicular access to the village is via Booderee Avenue, a small two-lane, two-way road. Booderee Avenue intersects Naval College Road, an arterial road which links Hyams Beach to other towns and villages in the Bay and Basin area.

The high volumes of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Booderee Avenue and Naval College Road during peak times present a safety risk to residents and visitors. As Hyams Beach was never designed to be a high traffic area, there are a number of upgrades to parking and footpaths under consideration that are critical to keeping residents and visitors safe now and into the future. Further details can be found in the Council reports located in the Document Library on this page.

The options are being considered because Council has a duty to ensure that all community members are safe, and visitors have a great experience in the Shoalhaven region.

Of critical importance is ensuring access by emergency services during peak visitation times in the event of an emergency.

Why short term and long term options?

Council is considering various short and long term options aimed at improving the safety and experience of local residents and visitors.

The short term options are considered critical to ensuring public safety and access to the village.

The long term options are still a high priority, but may take longer to investigate and implement due to planning, budget implications, environmental impacts or other factors. The long term options are recognised to have significantly higher cost and planning associated with them and would require funding assistance from the State and Federal Governments.

Council is committed to exploring long term solutions for Hyams Beach and other heavily visited areas in the wider Shoalhaven.

Proposed Options for Hyams Beach

View the below map to see the short and long term options being considered for Hyams Beach. Click on the map to view the map in higher resolution - please note that the map will open in a new tab as a PDF document.

The below survey asks specific questions regarding the options proposed on the map. It is recommended that you have the map open in a different tab/screen for easy reference while answering the survey questions.

What's the plan for the rest of the region?

Council has engaged a full-time Project Officer to help manage tourism infrastructure challenges right across the region. Whilst Hyams Beach was identified as a priority, Council will be actively working on addressing other identified hot spots, like Bendalong over Christmas, as well as investigating long term solutions to tourism infrastructure needs throughout the region over the next 12 months and actively seeking grant funding opportunities in order to see them progress to implementation.

  • Permanent Roundabout Options Reported to Council

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    4 months ago

    Hyams Beach - Long Term Traffic Management - Permanent Roundabout Options were reported to Council’s Strategy and Assets Meeting on 10 March 2020.

    It was resolved at this meeting that Council:

    1. Adopts the Illowra Lane and Booderee Avenue intersection as its preferred roundabout option for managing congestion at Hyams Beach in combination with a Seagull Treatment at Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue to provide safer access to and from the Village.

    2. Allocates $140,000 in the 2020/21 draft budget for the design of the intersections of both Naval College Road and Illowra Lane with Booderee Avenue.

    3...

    Hyams Beach - Long Term Traffic Management - Permanent Roundabout Options were reported to Council’s Strategy and Assets Meeting on 10 March 2020.

    It was resolved at this meeting that Council:

    1. Adopts the Illowra Lane and Booderee Avenue intersection as its preferred roundabout option for managing congestion at Hyams Beach in combination with a Seagull Treatment at Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue to provide safer access to and from the Village.

    2. Allocates $140,000 in the 2020/21 draft budget for the design of the intersections of both Naval College Road and Illowra Lane with Booderee Avenue.

    3. Undertakes minor grading and sealing works at the intersection of Booderee Avenue and Illowra Lane to allow for a temporary roundabout to be established at this location. This is an interim arrangement for the 2020/21 summer, instead of the Naval College Road intersection, until the permanent infrastructure can be established.

    4. Notes that traffic management will still be necessary in peak periods even with roundabouts in place.

  • Changed Traffic Conditions – Summer Holiday Period

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    7 months ago

    Changed traffic conditions and speed reductions will be in place approaching Hyams Beach. One-way roads will also be in place at the northern end of Hyams Beach to manage the heavy traffic over the busy period from 26 December 2019 to 27 January 2020.

    • A temporary roundabout will be in operation on Cnr Naval College Rd and Booderee Ave from 7am to 6pm daily.
    • Speed reduction from 80km/h to 40km/h will be in effect along Naval College Rd approaching Booderee Ave in both directions.
    • One way traffic changes will be in place on Tulip St (northbound...

    Changed traffic conditions and speed reductions will be in place approaching Hyams Beach. One-way roads will also be in place at the northern end of Hyams Beach to manage the heavy traffic over the busy period from 26 December 2019 to 27 January 2020.

    • A temporary roundabout will be in operation on Cnr Naval College Rd and Booderee Ave from 7am to 6pm daily.
    • Speed reduction from 80km/h to 40km/h will be in effect along Naval College Rd approaching Booderee Ave in both directions.
    • One way traffic changes will be in place on Tulip St (northbound only), Cyrus St (southbound only), Bamboo Ave (westbound only) and Anemone Ave (eastbound only).

    If Hyams Beach reaches capacity, or in the event of a catastrophic fire danger rating, temporary closures at Cnr Naval College Rd and Booderee Ave will be implemented.

    Motorists should arrive early or expect significant delays on roads approaching the township and beach during this period.

    Alternative white sand beaches can be found at Shoalhaven – South Coast NSW.


  • Managing Traffic/Congestion in Hyams Beach - Upgrades of Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue Intersection

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    8 months ago

    As you aware Shoalhaven City Council (SCC) has been managing congestion in Hyams Beach at peak times via a manual system of temporary traffic controls. These manual controls will continue over the forthcoming 2019/20 Christmas/January period.

    Council is seeking to put in place longer-term solutions and has developed three infrastructure options to better manage traffic:

    1. a standard roundabout at the intersection of Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue

    2. a large roundabout at the intersection of Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue with slip lane

    3. a combination of a roundabout at the intersection of Illowra Lane and a...

    As you aware Shoalhaven City Council (SCC) has been managing congestion in Hyams Beach at peak times via a manual system of temporary traffic controls. These manual controls will continue over the forthcoming 2019/20 Christmas/January period.

    Council is seeking to put in place longer-term solutions and has developed three infrastructure options to better manage traffic:

    1. a standard roundabout at the intersection of Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue

    2. a large roundabout at the intersection of Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue with slip lane

    3. a combination of a roundabout at the intersection of Illowra Lane and a seagull arrangement at the Naval College and Booderee Avenue intersection.

    Please see the detailed concept plans, advantages and disadvantages of each option for the consideration of the Hyams Beach Community.

    What Happens Next

    1. Council representatives will be attending the General Meeting of the HBVA on 23 November 2019.

    2. You are encouraged to provide feedback to the HBVA on the three options via email hbvaccb@gmail.com or to the SCC at council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    Note: Please ensure that you quote the relevant reference number (57530E) to make it easier for Council staff to direct your email to the appropriate area in Council.

    NOTE PLEASE ENSURE YOU GET YOUR FEEDBACK IN BY FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020

    3. Responses received by the HBVA and SCC will be shared, collated and summarised as a basis for further discussion and decision making by Council.

    Detailed Concept Plans

    Upgrades of Naval College Road & Booderee Ave Intersection

    Standard roundabout at the intersection of Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue

    Large roundabout at the intersection of Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue with slip lane

    Roundabout at the intersection of Illowra Lane and a seagull arrangement at the Naval College Road and Booderee Avenue intersection

    Seagull intersection

    Illowra Booderee intersection


  • Hyams Beach Project Update

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    8 months ago

    The outcome of Council Meeting – Hyams Beach – Seamans Beach Carpark – Illegal Camping and Noise Complaints

    The Hyams Beach – Seamans Beach Carpark – Illegal Camping and Noise Complaints was reported to Council’s Strategy and Assets Meeting on 12 November 2019. It was resolved at this meeting that Council:

    1. Provide kerb and gutter and a driveway at the entrance to the carpark as well as a path along the northern boundary of the carpark in accordance with the concept plan (D19/358695) at an estimated cost $90,000 to be funded from the Seamans Beach Amenities Extension budget...

    The outcome of Council Meeting – Hyams Beach – Seamans Beach Carpark – Illegal Camping and Noise Complaints

    The Hyams Beach – Seamans Beach Carpark – Illegal Camping and Noise Complaints was reported to Council’s Strategy and Assets Meeting on 12 November 2019. It was resolved at this meeting that Council:

    1. Provide kerb and gutter and a driveway at the entrance to the carpark as well as a path along the northern boundary of the carpark in accordance with the concept plan (D19/358695) at an estimated cost $90,000 to be funded from the Seamans Beach Amenities Extension budget (81557) for the 2019/2020 financial year.

    2. Install a lockable gate at the entrance in accordance with the concept plan (D19/358695) at an estimated installation cost of $5,000 to be funded from the Seamans Beach Amenities Extension budget (81557) for the 2019/2020 financial year.

    3. Trial locking the carpark during the 2019/20 Christmas school holiday period between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am nightly.

    4. Engage commercial security to lock the carpark at 9:30 pm and volunteers sought to unlock the gate at 6 am during the trial period (41 days), the cost of $4,510 to be funded from the Coastal Villages Traffic Management fund (28340) for the 2019/2020 financial year.

    5. Consider a future report on the ongoing operation (locking) of the carpark and toilets following the trial period and further consultation with the community.

    6. Not install additional disabled spaces due to non-compliant grades or accessible paths of travel currently existing in the carpark and given the demand for such access is considered to be low.

    7. At this stage not install a CCTV system to monitor any illegal activity at the carpark.


  • Council to Consider Reports at Upcoming Meeting

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    10 months ago

    6 September 2019

    Shoalhaven City Council will consider a number of reports relating to Hyams Beach at its upcoming Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on 10 September 2019. The reports include:

    • Hyams Beach Community Hall
    • Seamans Beach Carpark - Illegal Camping and Noise Complaints
    • Additional Parking - Long Term Solutions
    • Pedestrian Access and Safety - Footpaths
    • Public Amenities (toilets)

    The Agenda for this meeting is available on Council's website at https://shoalhaven.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/09/SA_20190910_AGN_15992_AT_WEB.htm

    The meeting will be held from 5:00pm on Tuesday 10 September 2019 at Council Chambers, City Administrative Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra. Members fo the...

    6 September 2019

    Shoalhaven City Council will consider a number of reports relating to Hyams Beach at its upcoming Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on 10 September 2019. The reports include:

    • Hyams Beach Community Hall
    • Seamans Beach Carpark - Illegal Camping and Noise Complaints
    • Additional Parking - Long Term Solutions
    • Pedestrian Access and Safety - Footpaths
    • Public Amenities (toilets)

    The Agenda for this meeting is available on Council's website at https://shoalhaven.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/09/SA_20190910_AGN_15992_AT_WEB.htm

    The meeting will be held from 5:00pm on Tuesday 10 September 2019 at Council Chambers, City Administrative Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra. Members fo the public are welcome to attend.

    Council meetings are also webcast and you can watch them online at: webcast.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • Outcome of Council Meeting - Peak Tourist Period Management Progress Update

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    11 months ago

    29 July 2019

    The Hyams Beach - Peak Tourist Period Management - Progress Update was reported to Council's Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on 23 July 2019. It was resolved at this meeting that:

    1. Council:

    a. Take all necessary steps to introduce paid parking and in the interim consider establishing a park and ride scheme.
    b. Explore all funding opportunities, including the outcomes of the Restart NSW Environment and Tourism fund, to establish a footpath along Booderee Avenue and parking along Naval College Road.

    2. Council note that given the complexity and expertise required to progress the following “long-term...

    29 July 2019

    The Hyams Beach - Peak Tourist Period Management - Progress Update was reported to Council's Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting on 23 July 2019. It was resolved at this meeting that:

    1. Council:

    a. Take all necessary steps to introduce paid parking and in the interim consider establishing a park and ride scheme.
    b. Explore all funding opportunities, including the outcomes of the Restart NSW Environment and Tourism fund, to establish a footpath along Booderee Avenue and parking along Naval College Road.

    2. Council note that given the complexity and expertise required to progress the following “long-term solutions”, separate reports to future Strategy & Assets meetings are being prepared, and that the outcomes of deliberations on those further reports will be consolidated into the Draft Hyams Beach Access and Management Master Plan:

    a. Options for traffic management long term: Feasibility, funding and installation of a permanent roundabout to ease traffic congestion and control access into Hyams Beach at peak holiday times.

    b. Illegal Camping and installation of a gate at Seamans Beach carpark: Installation of a gate on Seamans Beach carpark with associated options and costings, including locking toilets, additional disabled parking and additional line-marking.

    c. Funding opportunities: Outcomes of the Restart NSW Environment and Tourism fund.

    d. Smart Technology: EOI process to identify potential Smart Technology solutions to challenges faced in Hyams Beach peak tourist periods.

    e. Additional parking in the village: There is mixed feedback about carparking and various options that have been discussed.

    f. Amenities: Planned upgrades, timeframes and additional opportunities for improvements.

    g. Footpaths and pedestrian access around the village: options and associated costs.

    h. Community Hall: Community requests for access to the hall, identified challenges and associated costs.

    3. Council note that ultimately the Draft Hyams Beach Access and Management Master Plan will be presented to Council for adoption following a formal public consultation process.

    View the minutes of the meeting, or watch the webcast.

  • Hyams Beach Project Update

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    12 months ago

    18 July 2019

    On 23 July 2019, Shoalhaven City Council will consider an update report regarding the progress of the Peak Tourist Period Management resolution made by Council at the Strategy and Assets meeting on 26 March 2019.

    The report will be included in the agenda for this meeting, which is expected to be published on Council's website by close of business Thursday 18 July 2019, at: shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Council/Council-meetings/Agendas-and-minutes.

    Council meetings are webcast, and you can watch them online at: webcast.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    18 July 2019

    On 23 July 2019, Shoalhaven City Council will consider an update report regarding the progress of the Peak Tourist Period Management resolution made by Council at the Strategy and Assets meeting on 26 March 2019.

    The report will be included in the agenda for this meeting, which is expected to be published on Council's website by close of business Thursday 18 July 2019, at: shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Council/Council-meetings/Agendas-and-minutes.

    Council meetings are webcast, and you can watch them online at: webcast.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • Council Not to Pursue Carpark on NPWS or Jerrinja Lands

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    about 1 year ago

    4 July 2019

    On 25 June 2019, Council voted unanimously not to pursue further investigation into an out of area carpark on National Parks and Wildlife Service or Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council sites.

    The report was published on page 16 of the agenda at: https://shoalhaven.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/06/CL_20190625_AGN_14978_AT.PDF

    The minutes (rescission motion on page 4) can be accessed at: https://shoalhaven.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/06/CL_20190625_MIN_14978.PDF

    You can watch the webcast of the meeting at: https://webcast.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/

    Council will continue to investigate options for parking solutions for Hyams Beach and these will be reported to Council at a future Council meeting.

    4 July 2019

    On 25 June 2019, Council voted unanimously not to pursue further investigation into an out of area carpark on National Parks and Wildlife Service or Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council sites.

    The report was published on page 16 of the agenda at: https://shoalhaven.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/06/CL_20190625_AGN_14978_AT.PDF

    The minutes (rescission motion on page 4) can be accessed at: https://shoalhaven.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/06/CL_20190625_MIN_14978.PDF

    You can watch the webcast of the meeting at: https://webcast.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/

    Council will continue to investigate options for parking solutions for Hyams Beach and these will be reported to Council at a future Council meeting.

  • Hyams Beach Update - April 2019

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    about 1 year ago

    Council's Strategy and Assets Committee considered a Peak Tourist Period Management - Progress Update regarding Hyams Beach on 12 March, 2019. You can read the full report from page 21 of the meeting agenda.

    A series of resolutions were determined and subsequently adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 26 March 2019. Full details of the resolution are available from page 19 of the meeting's minutes.

    It was resolved that Council:

    1. Receive the report on the results of management strategies implemented over the peak tourism period to manage traffic, safety and local amenity concerns in high...

    Council's Strategy and Assets Committee considered a Peak Tourist Period Management - Progress Update regarding Hyams Beach on 12 March, 2019. You can read the full report from page 21 of the meeting agenda.

    A series of resolutions were determined and subsequently adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 26 March 2019. Full details of the resolution are available from page 19 of the meeting's minutes.

    It was resolved that Council:

    1. Receive the report on the results of management strategies implemented over the peak tourism period to manage traffic, safety and local amenity concerns in high visitation areas.

    2. Continue to manage short term high tourism visitation challenges over the next 12 months throughout the Shoalhaven Region and continue to provide a net budget allocation of $150,000 in the 2019/20 financial year to ensure the standard of service and improvements made over the last 12 months are maintained.

    3. Commit to ongoing priority be given to resolving Hyams Beach challenges through continued investigation of long-term solutions as follows:

    i. Actively pursue options for parking outside of Hyams Beach Village with walk in and/or a shuttle bus service, with preference given to two identified potential sites owned by Jerrinja Land Council and National Parks and Wildlife Service respectively.

    ii. Actively work on feasibility, funding and installation of a permanent roundabout to ease traffic congestion and control access into Hyams Beach at peak holiday times.

    iii. Continue to actively investigate the viability of paid parking through the required traffic studies and report back to council in due course.

    4. Note that in relation to issues with illegal camping and noise complaints within the Seamans Carpark and in response to strong representations from the community to limit use of the carpark to be open only during daylight hours, the following key actions will be trialled:

    i. Installation of a gate on the carpark and lock the gate – carpark only open during daylight hours

    ii. Lock toilets – open only during daylight hours

    iii. Investigate the ability to issue higher dollar infringements for illegal camping

    5. Receive a further report on the outcomes of the grant application for infrastructure upgrades under the “Shoalhaven Sustainable Tourism Infrastructure Package” as part of the Restart NSW Environment and Tourism fund

    6. Actively seek ongoing funding for tourism related infrastructure improvement projects as opportunities arise.

    7. Proceed with a limited Expressions of Interest process to identify potential Smart Technology Solutions available to assist in solving the very high visitation challenges identified at Hyams Beach and report findings with estimated budgets back to council and the community via the Hyams Beach CCB.

    8. That Council continue to work with the businesses of Hyams Beach in reducing any perceived impacts of the peak tourist management period.


  • Hyams Beach Update - December 2018

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    over 1 year ago

    21 December 2018

    The following documents have been added to the Hyams Beach project page:

    An update on the Hyams Beach project was reported to Council's Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 18 December 2018. The report provided an update to Council on the results of the recent community survey and community consultation meeting undertaken on short and long-term traffic management and public facilities options at Hyams Beach.

    The report presented a number of recommendations. Read the full...

    21 December 2018

    The following documents have been added to the Hyams Beach project page:

    An update on the Hyams Beach project was reported to Council's Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 18 December 2018. The report provided an update to Council on the results of the recent community survey and community consultation meeting undertaken on short and long-term traffic management and public facilities options at Hyams Beach.

    The report presented a number of recommendations. Read the full report...

    Council resolved to:

    1. Receive and note:
    a. The Hyams Beach Community Engagement Presentation from Micromex Research
    provided as Attachment 1.
    b. The minutes of Hyams Beach Community Consultation Meeting held on 8 December 2018
    provided as Attachment 2.
    c. The Hyams Beach 2018/19 Peak Season Traffic Management Overview presentation
    provided as Attachment 3.

    2. Note the following key findings presented in the Micromex Research Presentation report as
    suggested potential actions for Council to consider:
    a. Investigate a carpark out of the village with a walking track and/or shuttle bus into the
    village.
    b. Set up temporary one-way roads within the village during peak periods, with Council staff
    monitoring/enforcing the systems.
    c. Explore community opinions on paid parking, or trial paid parking during peak periods only.
    d. Set up bus drop off points close to the beach/places of high tourist interest, rather than
    establishing bus parking stations within the village.
    e. Trial the use of temporary portaloos to meet the increased demand for toilet facilities
    during peak periods.
    f. Continue to engage with the community about changes/plans to Hyams Beach, ensuring that all residents are included in correspondence and that opinions represent the whole
    community.

    3. Note that Council staff are to meet with representatives of the Hyams Beach Villagers
    Association on Wednesday 19 December with a view to reaching agreement on the
    prioritisation of short and long-term traffic management options.

    4. Note that further traffic and parking counts will be undertaken at Hyams Beach over the
    Christmas/New Year holiday period in order that all future grant applications to progress traffic
    management projects are supported by current reliable data.

    5. Receive a full report in the new year advising on the following:
    a. Outcomes and learnings from the short-term traffic management solutions implemented
    over the Christmas / New Year period.
    b. Details of any agreement reached with the Hyams Beach Villagers Association on a
    priority list of short and long-term traffic management solutions.
    c. Opportunities for grant funding to progress any long-term traffic management solutions
    that have clear and widespread community support.

    The attachments referenced in the resolution above can be accessed via the meeting's minutes. View the Council Meeting Minutes (items starts on page 35).