Hyams Beach - Short and Long Term Options

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.

Council is now seeking community feedback on a variety of short and long term options.

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.


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.

Council is now seeking community feedback on a variety of short and long term options.

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.


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    Survey - Hyams Beach Short and Long Term Options

    Community members are invited to provide feedback on the Hyams Beach short term and long term options via the survey below. The survey will close at 5.00pm Friday, 9 November 2018.

    Alternatively, written submissions on the proposed options will also be accepted. Written submissions must quote Council’s reference 57530E and should be addressed to the General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, PO Box 42, Nowra 2541 or emailed to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au before 5.00pm Friday, 9 November 2018. Pre-printed form letters, which have been individually signed will be considered but not formally acknowledged.

    Please note that feedback submitted to Council on this matter may

    Community members are invited to provide feedback on the Hyams Beach short term and long term options via the survey below. The survey will close at 5.00pm Friday, 9 November 2018.

    Alternatively, written submissions on the proposed options will also be accepted. Written submissions must quote Council’s reference 57530E and should be addressed to the General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, PO Box 42, Nowra 2541 or emailed to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au before 5.00pm Friday, 9 November 2018. Pre-printed form letters, which have been individually signed will be considered but not formally acknowledged.

    Please note that feedback submitted to Council on this matter may be open to public inspection without notifying the correspondents.  

    Enquiries should be directed to the Shoalhaven City Council, Tourism Project Officer on tel: (02) 4429 5214

    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. Open the map - the map will open in a new tab as a PDF document.

    Please note that if you exit the survey before completion your responses will not be saved.

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