Shellharbour Open Space & Recreation Needs Study

Shellharbour City Council is asking for community feedback to prepare an Open Space and Recreation Needs Study and Strategy.

The study will provide clear understanding of the current situation regarding the city’s open space, recreation, and aquatic facilities. It will examine the amount and variety of open space and recreation facilities, current usage, participation rates, issues, and trends.

This study will inform the preparation of the strategy. The strategy will provide direction for Council and the community regarding the future management of active and passive recreation areas, parks and reserves, sports fields and aquatic facilities managed by Council.

Those who wish to offer input have until 3 September to complete an online survey at

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the response so far had been fantastic, with a high response rate.

“Staff have collected information from population data, site visits, stakeholder engagement, and document research. We recently conducted a telephone survey and respondents gave us thoughtful and detailed suggestions and feedback,” Cr Saliba said.

“The project has been on our ‘Let’s Chat’ page for a couple of weeks and the information provided by the community has been excellent,” she said.

Cr Saliba said that Council’s current guiding document was almost 10 years-old and needed updating to accurately reflect the current needs of the community.

“The project will identify future opportunities in relation to open space, recreation, and aquatics to benefit the Shellharbour community, now and in the future.

“The strategy will reflect community and Council aspirations, which will guide future investment and funding allocation, over the short, medium and long term.

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