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Draft Plans for Beaton Park

Consultation has concluded

Updated January 2018 - next steps...

Council exhibited a Draft Beaton Park Plan of Management (PoM) and a Draft Planning Proposal to permit the additional uses on the site from 2 November to 15 December 2017. The exhibition and submission period has closed and Council is reviewing the submissions received.

Council will be holding a public meeting/hearing on 20 February 2018 at 6.30pm at the Level 9 Function Room, Council Administration Building, 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong as the next step in seeking community feedback. Please register your attendance at the meeting by completing the registration form on this page. In

Updated January 2018 - next steps...

Council exhibited a Draft Beaton Park Plan of Management (PoM) and a Draft Planning Proposal to permit the additional uses on the site from 2 November to 15 December 2017. The exhibition and submission period has closed and Council is reviewing the submissions received.

Council will be holding a public meeting/hearing on 20 February 2018 at 6.30pm at the Level 9 Function Room, Council Administration Building, 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong as the next step in seeking community feedback. Please register your attendance at the meeting by completing the registration form on this page. In the document library on this page is a map of the existing community land categories under the existing PoM and a map of the community land categories under the draft PoM for your information.

Attending the public meeting is another way to make a submission on the draft PoM. The meeting will be chaired by an independent chairperson who submits a report on the issues raised on 20 February 2018 meeting. A report will be made to Council on the results of the community consultation (ie all submissions received and the chairperson's public meeting report) prior to 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 exhibited both draft plans in late 2017. Copies of the draft plans and supporting material may still be viewed in the document library on this page

A public meeting / hearing conducted by an independent chairperson will also be held. In light of school summer holidays, it is 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.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Public Hearing - Register to attend

    If you would like to attend the Public Hearing on 20 February 2018 starting at 6.30pm in the Wollongong City Council Administration Building, 41Burelli Street, Wollongong - please register to attend.

    If you would like to attend the Public Hearing on 20 February 2018 starting at 6.30pm in the Wollongong City Council Administration Building, 41Burelli Street, Wollongong - please register to attend.

    Consultation has concluded
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Provide feedback on the draft plans for Beaton Park

    Use this form to comment online, or check the project description for other ways to make a submission. 

    Please note, you'll need to login or register to use this form - follow the link at the top of the page.

    Use this form to comment online, or check the project description for other ways to make a submission. 

    Please note, you'll need to login or register to use this form - follow the link at the top of the page.

    Consultation has concluded