Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council owned land is required to be classified as either ‘Community’ or ‘Operational’ land. Land classified as ‘Community’ land requires a plan of management or PoM.
A plan of management is a document that provides direction and continuity for the planning, resource management, maintenance operation and programming of community land. The plan enables management to proceed in an efficient and sustainable manner, helps reconcile competing interests, identifies priorities for the allocation of available resources and facilitates public understanding.
A plan of management can be a generic plan of management or a site-specific plan of management. Areas of Cultural significance require a site-specific plan of management, while the other categories may be included in either a generic plan of management or a site-specific plan of management. Most of Council’s community land (its parks, sportsground, community centres and natural areas) are under the Generic Plan of Management.
The Generic PoM provides a framework for beaches, natural areas, sporting fields and community or cultural facilities to be used by the public while being safeguarded for the future.
In 2007, Council endorsed the Generic Plan of Management, which was created by the merging of four individual Plans of Management. The PoM was reviewed and updated in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
The current Generic PoM applies to over 1,400 parcels of Community Land that are categorised as either a park, sportsground, natural area or general community use. Council is required to periodically review its Generic PoM to ensure acquired Community Land is categorised, that the category of existing Community Land is appropriate for its present day use and to reflect changes in legislation and Council policy. Since the last review 22 new community land parcels are to be given a community land category for the first time while five existing community land parcels require a change in their community land category.
The Generic PoM for community land has been developed to meet the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 specifically and to inform the public generally.
For more information on the Draft Review of the Generic Plan of Management, please view this copy or view a hard copy at Council’s Customer Service Centre or your local library.
The Generic PoM applies to over 1,400 parcels of Community Land that are categorised as either a park, sportsground, natural area or general community use, in the entire Wollongong Local Government Area.
What are the new Community Land parcels to categorise under the draft review?
Between 2014 and 2017 Council has acquired 22 land parcels with a land area of 215,854.5m2 (21.59 hectares). There is new community land in Corrimal, Dapto, Figtree, Haywards Bay, Horsley, Kanahooka, Lake Heights, West Wollongong and Wongawilli. These new community land parcels require categorisation. Please download Maps 1-12 for the specific locations of the community land affected under this review.
What are the changes to existing Community Land under the draft review?
To better reflect present day use including leasing, licensing, the categorisation of five existing community land parcels is proposed to be amended. There is change in category in Bulli, Corrimal, Mount Keira, Russell Vale and West Wollongong. Please download Maps 13-17 for the specific locations of the community land affected under this review.
For more information on the Draft Review of the Generic Plan of Management, please download this copy or view a hard copy at Council’s Customer Service Centre or your local library.
Letter posted to General Manager, Wollongong City Council, Locked Bag 8821, South Coast Mail Centre, 2520
You are also welcome to join a public meeting/hearing which is to take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 6 February 2018 at Level 9 Function Room, Council Administration Building, 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong.
Feedback must be received by Wednesday 21 February, 2018.
Wollongong City Council would like to show their respect and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Dharawal Country, Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.