10 September 2019

Narooma community land up for Council discussion

| Ian Campbell
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Bill Smyth Oval, Narooma. Photo: ESC

Bill Smyth Oval, Narooma. Photo: ESC

The future of Narooma’s community spaces is up for discussion at Eurobodalla Shire Council.

The results will guide the development and management of a large swathe of Narooma’s public land, including Bill Smyth and NATA ovals, the Wagonga Inlet foreshore, Ken Rose Park, and the leisure and swimming centre.

Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes says the current conversation is a terrific opportunity for residents to guide the future of their town.

“By mapping out tourism, sport and recreation goals for Narooma, we can prioritise future infrastructure and attract development funding,” she says.

Cr Innes says Council obtained funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to develop the plans, which is being used to identify opportunities to stimulate economic activity and bring life to the foreshore.

A masterplan will be prepared to outline the precinct’s future direction, while specific sporting facility plans will identify future use and facilities for recreational areas.

Council’s Manager of Recreation Mark Upson says sporting groups in the area will be glad to see much-called-for planning underway, particularly at Bill Smyth Oval.

“We’ve engaged consultants to begin planning based on information Council has already received from the community,” he says.

“Now we’re meeting with identified stakeholders, like user-groups and licensees, to develop illustrated concept plans for the precinct’s different sports facilities, before going back to the broader community.”

The Narooma Foreshore and Sport and Leisure Precinct project includes a masterplan to stimulate economic activity, a suite of concept plans that illustrate the proposed landscape and infrastructure for different areas, and an updated plan of management – a mandatory tool used to manage Crown land.

To get involved or find out more, visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Senior Recreational Planner Emma Gorny on 4474 7336.

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