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Narooma Flat Tourism and Recreation Planning

Project: Tourism and recreation planning for the Wagonga Inlet foreshore and various Narooma sport and recreation precincts.

Funding: Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund, and funds from Recreation and Open Space allocation

Timeframe: April 2019 - July 2020

Last updated: May 2020

We are undertaking a series of linked planning projects for the Narooma flat area, which will deliver tourism planning and meet high-priority actions in our Recreation and Open Space Strategy (ROSS). We 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 Narooma community.

Latest news

May 2020

  • Bushfires and COVID-19 have caused delays and some changes to many Council projects. This includes moving some planned engagement activities online to meet the isolation measures.
  • The NSW Government has now approved the draft of this plan of management (POM) and we will place it on public exhibition in June.
  • We are also preparing to host an online public hearing to invite community views on a proposal to re-categorise two land parcels to ‘natural area’.
  • In approving the draft, the NSW Government asked that we change the classification for van sites with permanent residents from  ‘community' land to ‘operational’. This excludes those sites from the conditions of the plan. There is only one such site at the Narooma Easts Holiday Park and we have made the required amendments to the document.

November 2019

  • Council staff and consultants have compiled the community input gathered earlier in the year, along with information required by legislation to produce a draft plan of management and accompanying landscape masterplans for the Narooma Sport and Leisure Precinct.
  • At the ordinary Council meeting on 26 November 2019 councillors will consider providing the draft plan of management to the NSW Department of Industry Crown Lands service to ensure it meets legislative requirements.
  • If authorised by the NSW Department of Industry, the next step will be to put the document on public exhibition. Watch this space.

June 2019

  • On Tuesday 4 June we held a workshop with representatives from identified user groups where they could express ideas about what would make the Narooma Flat a move vibrant and welcoming place.
  • On Wednesday 5 June, we hosted a community drop in session at Narooma where all community members could drop by to share their ideas with us in person.
  • From 5 to 21 June, we asked people to share their thoughts on the future of the Narooma Flat with us via an online survey.

April 2019

  • Council engaged LocalĂ© Consulting and Ayling & Drury Landscape Architecture to assist planning.
  • Council has initiated discussions with identified stakeholders.


Tourism Destination Masterplan for Wagonga Inlet Foreshore

This plan will help position the Narooma foreshore to reach its potential as a highly attractive and functional area for businesses, sport and recreation groups, residents and visitors. The goal is to design a tourism and recreation precinct that will support commercial and community activities and encourage visitors. An Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund grant is supporting this component.

Narooma Sport and Leisure Precinct Plan of Management

This plan will provide management strategies for Bill Smyth Oval, Nata Oval, the swimming and leisure centres, and the foreshore up to Ken Rose Park. The plan will guide how these sites are 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.

Map of Narooma flat showing tourism and recreation planning areas

Landscape masterplans

We are preparing landscape masterplans for key precincts within the foreshore area and flat. The landscape masterplans will complement the other planning projects and deliver ROSS Action S3. The masterplans will map current and future infrastructure, facilities and landscaping to guide site improvements and developments for:

  • Bill Smyth Oval
  • Nata Oval/Visitors Centre/Leisure Centre/Swimming Centre
  • Wagonga Inlet Foreshore Reserve and Ken Rose Park
  • Narooma foreshore from the wharf to the marina


For more information please contact Senior Recreation Planner, Emma Gorny: