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Managing Community Land

Part of our role in local government is to manage land set aside for community use. This is the land that makes up our recreation and open space network.

We develop plans for how the land can be used and how Council will manage the land. On this page you can learn about our planning tools, processes and current projects.

What is a plan of management?

A plan of management outlines how Council-owned community land is used, managed and improved. It may include a Landscape Masterplan and can apply to specific parcels of land or to generic types of land such as sportsgrounds. Having these plans in place for community land is a requirement of the  Local Government Act 1993.

In addition,  there is a new requirement for local government Councils to develop plans of management for Crown Reserves. This is part of the Crown Land Management Act 2016 that came into force on 1 July 2018.

We are working to ensure we have plans of management in place for Crown Reserves and council-owned community land across Eurobodalla.

Landcape Masterplans

These diagramatically present all the infrastructure and landscape elements for specific open spaces or parcels of community land. They provide a long-range guide for development that balances the needs of user groups, the community and Council.

Landscape Masterplans help prioritise improvements and upgrades and can support applications for grant funding.

Recreation and open space planning projects

The foundation for planning recreation facilities and encouraging participation involves developing plans of management and landscape masterplans.  We seek input to ensure the plans satisfy legal requirements and meet community and user needs.

Moruya Golf Course and Showground Reserve

Narooma Community, Sport and Recreation Precinct

Hanging Rock, Corrigans Beach and Observation Point

  • Project: Plan of management and landscape masterplans
  • Location: Hanging Rock sporting fields and amenities, Batemans Bay Sailing Club and Remote Control Car Club, Corrigans Beach Reserve,Observation Point, Batehaven
  • Status: Reviewing input and refining the draft
  • Read about the project

Developed Reserves and Facilities

  • Project: Plan of management
  • Location: shire-wide
  • Status: Preparing to draft

Natural Areas and Undeveloped Reserves

  • Project: Plan of management
  • Location: shire-wide
  • Status: Starting soon

Moruya Riverside Reserve

  • Project: Plan of management and landscape masterplan
  • Location: Moruya Riverside Park, Ryans Creek Reserve, Moruya War Memorial Swimming Pool, Russ Martin Park in Moruya
  • Status: Starting soon

Supporting strategies and policies

  • Recreation and Open Space Strategy
    The Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2018 (ROSS) is Council’s 10 year strategy to ensure facilities and open spaces are well managed and meet a community needs.
  • Companion Animal Management Plan
    Council's Companion Animal Management Plan and the Companion Animals Act 1998 guides pet owners in the use of parks and open spaces.
  • Tree management policies
    This Code of Practice and the related policy guide Council’s management of trees on public land. These aim to balance risks to community safety and infrastructure with the social, environmental, economic and cultural wellbeing of trees in the landscape.