Hindmarsh Park community consultation update

Kiama Council

Hindmarsh Park

Community members can now give feedback on the detailed concept designs for Kiama Council’s upgrade of Hindmarsh Park.

Council has received funding from the NSW Government’s Public Spaces Legacy Program to make improvements to Hindmarsh Park. The first phase of consultation for the upgrade was undertaken over December and January.

More than 350 submissions were received during the consultation period. Subsequently a concept design was developed in March 2022.

The 35% detailed concept designs have been guided by the community’s wishes for improved facilities including lighting and seating and an upgrade to the existing play space in Hindmarsh Park.

Feedback can be provided via our online survey https://dom2gu5kksg.typeform.com/to/KHazPEHx

The detailed concept designs are also now on our website and copies are available in Kiama and Gerringong libraries and at Council’s Customer Service counter in the Administration Centre at 11 Manning Street, Kiama.

Overview of the detailed concept designs

The 35% designs show a major upgrade to the overall accessibility of the play space including a new accessible toilet located close to the upgraded play space. The new play space will feature elements of nature play and water play. The accessibility improvements have been guided by NSW Government’s new Everyone Can Play best practice guidelines.

Upgrades to the foreshore at Black Beach Reserve was also something the community told us they would like to see.

The design for Black Beach Reserve includes a new interface between the reserve and the water, which will encourage people to explore the beautiful black sands of the harbour, restore the local foreshore ecology including new tidal pools and distinctive local salt marsh vegetation.

There will also be new seating, path upgrades and improvements to the layout of the reserve to facilitate the popular Seaside and Makers and Growers markets.

David Knights from Civille commented that the “the concept designs have been inspired by the natural history of Kiama including its harbour, its distinctive basalt geology and local vegetation.”

“The play space designs engage with Kiama’s cultural heritage including its rich indigenous and non-indigenous history,” Mr Knights said.

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