Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Concept Plan - Mount Kembla

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We’re continuing to
work with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to explore the development of mountain bike trails and associated infrastructure on the Illawarra Escarpment.

This work builds on the draft Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Strategy, which was on public exhibition in late 2018. In response to feedback from the first phase of community engagement, NPWS worked with Synergy Trails to update the Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Concept Plan for a trail network between Mount Kembla and Mount Keira.

To inform the ongoing development of the concept plan, Council and NPWS undertook targeted engagement to collect community feedback, focusing on local impacts in Mt Kembla Village and Kembla Heights.

Face-to-face and online information sessions were held with local residents in March 2021. A summary of community feedback is available in the document library on this page.

Assessments are currently being undertaken to provide information to further develop the Concept Plan. The assessments form part of what is called an REF – a Review of Environmental Factors. These assessments will provide information on the social, environmental and cultural impacts of the concept plan as well as heritage and geo-technical aspects to be considered.

The draft Concept Plan and the REF will be shared for community comment, as part of the public exhibition period. Feedback during this period will be utilised to make decisions on the Concept Plan, prior to it being finalised.

We’re continuing to
work with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to explore the development of mountain bike trails and associated infrastructure on the Illawarra Escarpment.

This work builds on the draft Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Strategy, which was on public exhibition in late 2018. In response to feedback from the first phase of community engagement, NPWS worked with Synergy Trails to update the Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Concept Plan for a trail network between Mount Kembla and Mount Keira.

To inform the ongoing development of the concept plan, Council and NPWS undertook targeted engagement to collect community feedback, focusing on local impacts in Mt Kembla Village and Kembla Heights.

Face-to-face and online information sessions were held with local residents in March 2021. A summary of community feedback is available in the document library on this page.

Assessments are currently being undertaken to provide information to further develop the Concept Plan. The assessments form part of what is called an REF – a Review of Environmental Factors. These assessments will provide information on the social, environmental and cultural impacts of the concept plan as well as heritage and geo-technical aspects to be considered.

The draft Concept Plan and the REF will be shared for community comment, as part of the public exhibition period. Feedback during this period will be utilised to make decisions on the Concept Plan, prior to it being finalised.

  • Community Engagement - March 2021

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    In March 2021 we spoke with local residents from Mount Kembla and Kembla Village about the Draft Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Concept Plan. We held face to face information sessions at Kembla Heights Bowling Club and an online information session to share ideas and hear feedback regarding the draft plan. A summary of what we heard can be found in the document library on this page.

    This work builds on the draft Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Strategy(External link), which was on public exhibition in late 2018. The draft strategy focused on providing safe sustainable recreation for a broad range of riders and the prevention and removal of informal trails across the escarpment.

    Community feedback from the public exhibition and input of the Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Advisory Group is being used to explore potential options between Mt Kembla and Mt Keira. The emphasis is on creating safe, sustainable recreation that minimises negative impacts on residents and landowners.

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