Draft Plans for Beaton Park

Beaton Park is a sporting area of regional importance located in the suburb of Gwynneville, just two kilometres from Wollongong CBD. The site supports a variety of sporting codes, sporting clubs, as well as community and commercial uses. The site is owned by Council and is classified as community land and is zoned RE1 Public Recreation under the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009.

A Plan of Management (PoM) is required for all community land in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993. Community land cannot be sold and must be used in accordance with an adopted PoM.

Within the PoM area is the Beaton Park Leisure Centre (BPLC), Wollongong Tennis Club, Illawarra Basketball Stadium (the Snake Pit), Beaton Park Sportsground, the Kerryn McCann Athletics Centre and a children’s playground, with most facilities dating from the 1980s or later.

Council resolved on 29 May 2017 to exhibit two draft plans for Beaton Park for public comment concurrently:

  1. The Draft Plan of Management (PoM) for Beaton Park. The Draft Plan of Management for Beaton Park aims to “Develop Beaton Park as a Regional Centre of Excellence with High Performance and Event Facilities that are complimented with improved local open space/parkland areas.” The draft PoM identifies a Vision, Values and Management Objectives for the future improvement of the facilities at Beaton Park.
  2. A Draft Planning Proposal to permit medical centres, community health services facilities and registered clubs with consent on certain land at Beaton Park to reflect the current uses on the site. The draft Planning Proposal for Beaton Park aims to reflect the current uses on site. For example, the Illawarra Sports Medicine Clinic would be considered a medical centre or a community health services facility under the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2009 as the Sports Clinic currently supports sports doctors, physiotherapists, dieticians, podiatrists and massage therapists. A “medical centre” or “community health services facilities” are not permitted in a RE1 zone under the LEP. Additionally, Registered Clubs, such as the Wollongong Tennis Club, are not permitted in the RE1 zone under the LEP.

Council obtained a Gateway determination to exhibit the draft Planning Proposal in September 2017 and is now in a position to exhibit both draft plans concurrently in line with Council’s resolution.

Copies of the draft plans and supporting material may be viewed in the document library on this page, or at:

  • Beaton Park Leisure Centre Reception Desk
  • All Council library branches during library opening hours.
  • Wollongong City Council's Customer Service Centre at 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong, during business hours.

Submissions on the draft plans will be accepted until 5pm, Friday 15 December 2017.

To make a submission, use the feedback form at the bottom of this page, email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or write to:

The General Manager
Wollongong City Council
Locked Bag 8821
Wollongong DC NSW 2500

You can also provide feedback via our information kiosk at Beaton Park Leisure Centre on Saturday 18 November between 11am and 1pm.

Before making any submission, please read Council's Privacy Notification.

A public meeting / hearing conducted by an independent chairperson will also be held. In light of school summer holidays, it i likely the meeting will be in the first week of February. We'll update this page with details once a date is confirmed.

Following the exhibition period and public hearing, a report will be made to Council on the results of the community consultation before making any determination on the draft Plan of Management and draft Planning Proposal for Beaton Park.

Beaton Park is a sporting area of regional importance located in the suburb of Gwynneville, just two kilometres from Wollongong CBD. The site supports a variety of sporting codes, sporting clubs, as well as community and commercial uses. The site is owned by Council and is classified as community land and is zoned RE1 Public Recreation under the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009.

A Plan of Management (PoM) is required for all community land in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993. Community land cannot be sold and must be used in accordance with an adopted PoM.

Within the PoM area is the Beaton Park Leisure Centre (BPLC), Wollongong Tennis Club, Illawarra Basketball Stadium (the Snake Pit), Beaton Park Sportsground, the Kerryn McCann Athletics Centre and a children’s playground, with most facilities dating from the 1980s or later.

Council resolved on 29 May 2017 to exhibit two draft plans for Beaton Park for public comment concurrently:

  1. The Draft Plan of Management (PoM) for Beaton Park. The Draft Plan of Management for Beaton Park aims to “Develop Beaton Park as a Regional Centre of Excellence with High Performance and Event Facilities that are complimented with improved local open space/parkland areas.” The draft PoM identifies a Vision, Values and Management Objectives for the future improvement of the facilities at Beaton Park.
  2. A Draft Planning Proposal to permit medical centres, community health services facilities and registered clubs with consent on certain land at Beaton Park to reflect the current uses on the site. The draft Planning Proposal for Beaton Park aims to reflect the current uses on site. For example, the Illawarra Sports Medicine Clinic would be considered a medical centre or a community health services facility under the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2009 as the Sports Clinic currently supports sports doctors, physiotherapists, dieticians, podiatrists and massage therapists. A “medical centre” or “community health services facilities” are not permitted in a RE1 zone under the LEP. Additionally, Registered Clubs, such as the Wollongong Tennis Club, are not permitted in the RE1 zone under the LEP.

Council obtained a Gateway determination to exhibit the draft Planning Proposal in September 2017 and is now in a position to exhibit both draft plans concurrently in line with Council’s resolution.

Copies of the draft plans and supporting material may be viewed in the document library on this page, or at:

  • Beaton Park Leisure Centre Reception Desk
  • All Council library branches during library opening hours.
  • Wollongong City Council's Customer Service Centre at 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong, during business hours.

Submissions on the draft plans will be accepted until 5pm, Friday 15 December 2017.

To make a submission, use the feedback form at the bottom of this page, email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or write to:

The General Manager
Wollongong City Council
Locked Bag 8821
Wollongong DC NSW 2500

You can also provide feedback via our information kiosk at Beaton Park Leisure Centre on Saturday 18 November between 11am and 1pm.

Before making any submission, please read Council's Privacy Notification.

A public meeting / hearing conducted by an independent chairperson will also be held. In light of school summer holidays, it i likely the meeting will be in the first week of February. We'll update this page with details once a date is confirmed.

Following the exhibition period and public hearing, a report will be made to Council on the results of the community consultation before making any determination on the draft Plan of Management and draft Planning Proposal for Beaton Park.