The proposal to develop the draft Bomaderry Nowra Regional Sports & Community Precinct from Artie Smith Oval, Bomaderry Sporting Complex and Bomaderry Aquatic Centre was presented to a Councillor Briefing on Thursday 11 February 2016.
Further to this briefing, Council considered a confidential report on the matter at its Strategy & Assets Committee meeting on 12 April 2016 which gave authority for Council staff to consult with landowners directly impacted by the Master Plan. Consultation with these land owners occurred in early May with key feedback reported to the Strategy & Assets meeting held on 19 April 2016.
At Council’s Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on 24 May 2016, it was resolved to place the Bomaderry Nowra Regional Sports & Community Precinct Master Plan on public exhibition for a period of no less than 40 days. This report identifies the findings of the public exhibition and seeks adoption of the Master Plan with relevant amendments.
The draft Bomaderry Nowra Regional Sporting & Community Precinct Master Plan and the Planning Study can be viewed as an attachment to this report at Attachment 2 and 3 respectively.
The purpose of the Master Plan is to guide the long term development of a Regional Sports and Community Precinct at the Artie Smith Oval, Bomaderry Sporting Complex and Bomaderry Aquatic Centre. This will deliver high quality sporting facilities together with infrastructure to support local, regional and state level sport, as well as local and regional community needs. The plan aims to use every opportunity to improve the quality of the facilities in the location, by integrating facilities and improving their utilisation and status for long term sustainability and growth of active and passive recreation and social activities, co-located to provide a destination. This facility is a multipurpose, co-located facility. This also builds on the upcoming construction of the Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre at this location. These aims are consistent with the recommendations of the draft Community Infrastructure Strategic Plan.
The site is located in a populated area close to public transport (Bus/Train), a number of primary and secondary schools, retail and commercial centres and main arterial road. The site is also in close proximity to identified growth areas Moss Vale Road South and North are Urban Release Areas identified in the Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014.
In addition, work is currently being undertaken in regard to the future residential area in Moss Vale Road South, including the development of a Development Control Plan and Contributions Plan project identification. Development in this Urban Release Area is expected to commence within the next year. Moss Vale Road South will have approximately 800 dwellings equating to approximately 2,000 people.
The proposed development aims to provide for:
· A community meeting place
· Junior and senior sport
· Quality training facilities
· A venue for elite sporting events at state and regional level
· Broader community and recreational use
· Health and para health related facilities and activities
· Education and community development activities
· Commercial service provision
The supporting infrastructure includes a community pavilion providing support services that have the potential to provide aquatic, medical, physiotherapy, rehabilitation health, wellness and fitness services.
The facilities would provide for seven (7) day a week operation and establish a community meeting place including a café/bistro, child minding, meeting place and opportunities for learning and education. The venue also has the capacity to offer a range of community programs which address identified community needs such as crime, unemployment, health, literacy and numeracy and other education and personal development activities.
The plan interconnects the proposed facilities with extensive open parklands, play facilities, walking paths with outdoor fitness stations, cycleway and the opportunity for community gardens, along with car parking. In additional, the Master Plan supports co-usage / training associated with sporting fields and a 400m athletics track.