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Hanging Rock, Corrigans Beach and Observation Point Planning

Project: Recreation planning for Hanging Rock sporting precinct, Corrigans Beach Reserve and Observation Point Reserve.

Funding: Funds from Council’s Recreation and Open Space allocation supported by a contribution from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Timeframe: August 2019 - June 2020


Have your say

Community members are invited to give their input via an online survey during September 2019. The input we gather from the survey will be used to inform planning for the area and the wider locality. The survey closes on Monday 30 September 2019.

Study area

We are preparing a new plan of management for the Hanging Rock sporting precinct and Corrigans Beach Reserve (Crown Reserve 66122), plus Observation Point Reserve (Crown Reserve 60913) in Batehaven.

We are also preparing Landscape Masterplans that will cover this area as well as operational land at Hanging Rock which includes:

  • Batemans Bay Library
  • University of Wollongong campus,
  • TAFE Illawarra
  • Batemans Bay Basketball Stadium, and
  • Batemans Bay skatepark.

Together these linked plans make up the project study area.

Aerial map of Hanging Rock area, Corrigans Beach Reserve and Observation Point Reserve showing the extent of project study area which incorporates the plan of management area (Crown Reserve 66122 and 60913) as well as operational land at Hanging Rock

Nowra planning consultants Locale Consulting and Ayling Drury Landscape Architects are undertaking community consultation and planning for the project. Council and the consultants will work with businesses, sport and recreation groups and the community to gather input and feedback throughout the process.

Together these linked plans will guide budget allocations and help attract grant funding to invest in tourism, sport and recreation for the Batemans Bay community. The project will also meet several high priority actions in our Recreation and Open Space Strategy (ROSS).

Hanging Rock and Corrigans Beach Reserve Plan of Management

This Plan of Management (POM) will provide management strategies for Hanging Rock sporting land including car parking and recreation areas adjacent to Batemans Bay Boat Ramp and Marine Rescue as well as Corrigans Beach recreation areas and the Batemans Bay Beach Resort. It will also cover Observation Point Reserve. The POM will guide how these sites can be developed and managed, as well as operational decision-making for up to ten years. It will also fulfil our obligations under the Crown Land Management Act 2016, the Local Government Act 1993 and ROSS Action E29.

Landscape masterplans

The landscape masterplans will deliver ROSS Actions N17 and N19 and complement the other planning projects to protect environmental and cultural values. They will also help these areas to reach their potential as attractive and functional areas for businesses, sport and recreation groups, residents and visitors to Eurobodalla.

The masterplans will map current and future infrastructure, facilities and landscaping to guide site improvements and developments for:

  • Hanging Rock sporting fields and facilities including the tennis courts, sailing club, remote control car club plus foreshore, recreation and parking areas adjacent to the Batemans Bay boat ramp and Marine Rescue
  • Corrigans Beach recreation areas including the Variety Inclusive Playground, and foreshore, parkland and open space areas
  • Observation Point including view areas and walking trails and parking
  • Operational land that hosts Batemans Bay Library, University of Wollongong campus, TAFE Illawarra and Batemans Bay skatepark.

Latest news

September 2019

  • Planning consultants held initial consultation with stakeholder groups.
  • Community survey is available from 16 September to 30 September 2019 to gather broad input about the reserve. Input will be used to inform planning for the area and the wider locality. Complete the survey online.

August 2019

  • Council is preparing meetings between stakeholder groups and planning consultants.


For more information please contact Recreation Planner, Steve Picton: