What is a master plan?

    A master plan is a document that guides the management and future renewal of an area. It is a process that defines what is important about a place and how its character and quality can be conserved, improved and enhanced whilst providing for the facilities and services needed by the community and visitors to the area.

    What area is covered in these master plans?

    The master plans address two sites at Catherine Hill Bay, being the Sport and Recreation Precinct at Middle Camp and the Surf Life Saving Club Precinct.

    What is included in the scope of the Catherine Hill Bay Sports and Recreation and Surf Life Saving Club precinct master plans?

    The primary focus of the master plans will be the provision of new and improved community, sport and recreation facilities including those identified in the Contribution Plans that suitably address the uniqueness and planning constraints of the area.

    The master plan will also explore with the community, opportunities to enhance the experience of those that visit the area. 

    Who is developing the master plans?

    Lake Macquarie City Council has engaged Locale Consulting to work with the community, key stakeholders and Council to develop master plans for the two sites at Catherine Hill Bay.

    What opportunities will there be to contribute to the master plan process?

    The master plans will be developed in consultation with the community and key stakeholders. There will two rounds of community engagement prior to public exhibition of the final draft master plans in mid- 2022. 

    Opportunities to provide input during this first round of community engagement is through the online survey, pop-up stall and stakeholder interviews. For those that live or have a direct connection with the Catherine Hill Bay Area, there is also an opportunity to represent your community through the Community Working Group.

    How will heritage be considered in the master plan process?

    The two master plan sites reside within the State Listed Cultural Heritage Precinct. The master plans will respond to the heritage and scenic values of the area through facilities, infrastructure and spaces that are suitably located, appropriately designed and interpreted.

    Will a new Surf Life Saving Club building need to be built in an alternative location to address coastal risks?

    Studies indicate that with appropriate engineering controls, a new Surf Life Saving Club building can be rebuilt in its current location. Heritage advice suggests that a similar scale and footprint would be appropriate for this facility, and this will be a starting point for community discussion.  

    What funding is available to deliver the master plans?

    Funding has been identified in the Belmont Catchment and North Wallarah Development Contributions Plans for the delivery of new/ upgraded facilities to meet the needs of the growing population. This includes a new Surf Life Saving Club, community space and playground.  

    Additional proposals identified through the master plan process will be subject to alternative funding opportunities including grants.