Stuarts Point Holiday Park

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Council has appointed an external consultant to do an assessment of the social and economic impact of annual licence sites within the Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks and to engage more broadly with the community on future options for the Shire's five holiday parks.

A $3.4 million upgrade to the Stuarts Point Foreshore Reserve which was funded through grants and Council contributions, has seen major improvements to the recreation facilities adjoining the Holiday Park.

Find out more here.

As part of this upgrade, Council started planning for additional development and considering the future of annual license sites. Submissions received in 2019 supported the appointment of a consultant to assess social and economic impact of holiday vans; identify future site plans and begin collating feedback to be included within the Plans of Management Council are required to develop.

That next phase of engagement, supported by an external consultant is now underway and we need to hear from you.

Have your say before 18 October 2020 on how Stuarts Point Holiday Park may be improved in the future.

There are two key ways in which you can have your say:

This survey is for individual community members and passionate local holiday makers. The consultant will directly contact local businesses and community groups to get their thoughts. Recent park guests will be sent links to separate surveys so that their unique experiences can be understood. Annual license holders will also be contacted separately to better understand their unique use of the Park.

The results of this work will be presented back to Council's Commercial Business team to review and plan the next steps for presenting long term improvement plans and park layouts to Council in 2021. The feedback will also help with developing Plans of Management for the Crown Reserves that the holiday parks are within, as well as guide other polices and long-term directions.

Council has appointed an external consultant to do an assessment of the social and economic impact of annual licence sites within the Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks and to engage more broadly with the community on future options for the Shire's five holiday parks.

A $3.4 million upgrade to the Stuarts Point Foreshore Reserve which was funded through grants and Council contributions, has seen major improvements to the recreation facilities adjoining the Holiday Park.

Find out more here.

As part of this upgrade, Council started planning for additional development and considering the future of annual license sites. Submissions received in 2019 supported the appointment of a consultant to assess social and economic impact of holiday vans; identify future site plans and begin collating feedback to be included within the Plans of Management Council are required to develop.

That next phase of engagement, supported by an external consultant is now underway and we need to hear from you.

Have your say before 18 October 2020 on how Stuarts Point Holiday Park may be improved in the future.

There are two key ways in which you can have your say:

This survey is for individual community members and passionate local holiday makers. The consultant will directly contact local businesses and community groups to get their thoughts. Recent park guests will be sent links to separate surveys so that their unique experiences can be understood. Annual license holders will also be contacted separately to better understand their unique use of the Park.

The results of this work will be presented back to Council's Commercial Business team to review and plan the next steps for presenting long term improvement plans and park layouts to Council in 2021. The feedback will also help with developing Plans of Management for the Crown Reserves that the holiday parks are within, as well as guide other polices and long-term directions.

  • September 2020 - Book a drop-in session

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    21 September, 2020

    You can speak with the project consultants in person at one of the drop-in sessions (note that these are by appointment only to ensure safe COVID-19 protocols can be managed). Follow the link to book a time.

    • Tuesday 29 September, held in Stuarts Point
    • First round bookings between 9am to 12pm
    • Book a time
  • September 2020 - Complete the Survey

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    21 September, 2020

    This survey will help Council’s appointed consultant to identify how the Stuarts Point Holiday Park may be improved in the future. The consultant’s report will be presented to Council at the completion of the consultation process and will inform future site plans and Plans of Management.

    Stuarts Point Survey

  • 22 May 2019 - $3.4 million project to revitalise Stuarts Point foreshore

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    29 May, 2019

    Kempsey Shire Council will soon begin revitalising Stuarts Point foreshore by improving infrastructure to maximise recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

    At its meeting yesterday, Councillors adopted a Development Plan for the foreshore reserve which will pave the way for detailed designs and construction plans to be prepared for the funded works.

    The $3.4 million project is jointly funded by the NSW Government under its Restart NSW Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund and Council.

    Director Operations and Planning, Robert Fish, said the project is identified as a priority in Council’s 2019-20 Operational Plan and 2017-21 Delivery Program.

    “The adoption of the plan will enable improvement works to begin on this valuable community asset in line with Council’s vision for the foreshore reserve,” he said.

    “We will continue to liaise with the community as part of preparing the detailed designs for the works which are funded through current grants.”

    The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, said the works program will revitalise the iconic Stuarts Point.

    “This exciting project will transform Stuarts Point for locals, help attract more tourism dollars and create more new jobs for the Macleay Valley,” she said.

    The project will provide:

    • New 2-lane boat ramp and car and trailer parking to improve river access for fishing and other boating activities
    • Relocated fish cleaning tables
    • Expanded riverfront picnic and barbeque area with new children’s playground
    • New foreshore pathways
    • New public toilet facilities
    • An outdoor stage for concerts and events
    • Additional public car parking along a new access road
    • New carpark at the footbridge with vehicle turnaround accessible parking
    • New wharf/boardwalk along the riverbank at the head of the carpark
    • New entrance, office and manager’s residence for the Holiday Park including entry check-in bay and two-way entry/exit road
    • A new amenity building for the northern part of the park

    A $250,000 grant under the Boating Now program has also been secured by Council for the boat ramp improvements which will begin mid-year. The remainder of the foreshore works are expected to be complete by mid-2020.

    The concept plan also includes proposed but unfunded works to reconfigure and upgrade Stuarts Point Holiday Park to deliver a sustainable, efficient business operation.

    “Council is actively seeking grant funding opportunities to complete the holiday park upgrade to improve the business model and ensure it contributes to the economic development of the village,” Mr Fish said.

    To have a say on proposed changes to the holiday park layout and facilities, visit Council’s Your Say Macleay engagement site at https://yoursay.macleay.nsw.gov.au/stuarts-point-holiday-park

    Submissions close on Friday, 14 June with a report to go to Council detailing feedback received and funding options available, including grant opportunities.