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Graham Lodge included in Riverfront makeover plan

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The Nowra Riverfront Advisory Taskforce is planning to incorporate the upgrade of the historic Graham Lodge into the precinct makeover.

NSW Heritage Minister Don Harwin joined the taskforce for a tour of the lodge yesterday.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock says the State Heritage listed property is in need of some TLC, but has the potential to be a wonderful public building in the heart of Nowra.

"We’re working to ensure this magnificent piece of our history is incorporated into the plans for the Shoalhaven Riverfront precinct," she said.

One of the most historic buildings in Nowra, Graham Lodge was built by leading citizen James Graham in 1861-62.

After it passed from the family it was part of the Nowra/Bomaderry Leagues Club before being purchased by Shoalhaven City Council in 1998.

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Photos Shelley Hancock MP

Nowra Riverfront precinct to be fast-tracked

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A new Riverfront Advisory Taskforce will drive the revitalisation of the Nowra riverfront precinct and assist in fast-tracking the development of the site.

Minister for Local Government and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock says now is the opportune time to plan and get on with the job of revitalising the riverfront.

“For years we have been stuck in a quagmire of go no-where conversations - the time for talking is done!” Mrs Hancock said.

“With the construction of the $342 million Nowra Bridge, we have a clear window of opportunity to create an iconic gateway to the Shoalhaven.

“That’s why I’m bringing every key stakeholder together to get on with the job of finalising a plan, working with council to consult the community, working with government around funding opportunities and finally redeveloping the riverfront.”

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward says there is no doubt the redevelopment of the precinct will deliver a thriving community, tourism and recreation hub for the Shoalhaven.

“The Shoalhaven River is one of the most under-utilised natural assets in our region. We have a unique opportunity to develop a vibrant waterfront that generates jobs and promotes greater access,” Mr Ward said.

“I know there is strong community support for the activation of the riverfront which is why I look forward to this work being progressed in joint partnership between state and local government.” 

Established by the NSW Government, the group is co-chaired by the Department of Regional NSW and the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment with representatives from Shoalhaven City Council and other key departmental agencies. A joint local-state approach will ensure activities are coordinated and aligned to existing works underway, including the new Nowra Bridge.

The Nowra Riverfront Advisory Taskforce will examine sites for strategic development, appropriate planning controls to facilitate investment, affordable housing and social infrastructure requirements, traffic flow and funding opportunities.

Plan for Ulladulla uni, homes at Bomaderry and Nowra jobs

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The draft Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041 includes a proposal to establish a Country Universities Centre at Ulladulla, identifies investment opportunities for the Albatross Aviation and Technology Park and highlights the Shoalhaven riverfront as an untapped resource.

The Nowra City Centre has been named an emerging metropolis, South Nowra Industrial Area could accommodate up to 180 new industrial lots and up to 9,600 new dwellings could be constructed in the vicinity of Moss Vale Road, west of Bomaderry.

The launch of an interactive map this week provides Shoalhaven residents with an easy way to see the State Government’s vision for development over the next 20 years, and also allows people to have their say and even place a heart on their favourite village or town.

The contains 30 objectives to guide land use over the next two decades, including the provision for 30,000 new homes and more than 45,000 new jobs.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock says a green grid connecting parks, open spaces and bushland with cycle ways and pedestrian pathways will make the region’s natural beauty more accessible to residents and visitors, protecting our village lifestyle while promoting sustainable growth and job opportunities that are vital for the future of our region.

“A green grid connecting parks, open spaces and bushland with cycle ways and pedestrian pathways will make the region’s natural beauty more accessible to residents and visitors, protecting our village lifestyle while promoting sustainable growth and job opportunities that are vital for the future of our region,” she said.

“We’re now calling for the community to have their say on the plan which contains 30 objectives to guide land use over the next two decades.”

The plan is the NSW Government’s blueprint to ensure the ongoing prosperity and growth of the dynamic region that is made up of the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, and Shoalhaven local government areas.

It explores place-based opportunities to grow the national competitiveness of Metro Wollongong and looks at developing a NSW South Coast Marine Tourism Strategy as well as developing initiatives to protect and enhance the natural environment, including biodiversity corridors, riparian areas and Lake Illawarra storm water management.

The interactive map, found on the Planning NSW website allows people to look at plans their specific area. They can drop pins and leave comments and can even upload photos.

As the second largest centre in the Shoalhaven, the plan identifies Milton-Ulladulla’s as an important tourism region and, as the population grows education is becoming a stronger focus.

There is a proposal to establish a Country Universities Centre at Ulladulla.

It is also a place for housing choice, and the draft Regional Plan supports Councils’ commitment to review planning and development controls to increase residential density where appropriate.

The future Milton-Ulladulla Bypass will enhance the town centre as a place to live.

The Regional Plan supports The Albatross Aviation and Technology Park by committing to develop a precinct profile to identify the desired future role, land and infrastructure requirements, and a simplified planning process to activate investment opportunities.

Located alongside the HMAS Albatross naval air station, this 35-hectare precinct currently supports a cluster of electronics, IT, logistics and aviation businesses that is expected to support 1,500 jobs.

The 110 hectare South Nowra Precinct, which employs over 2,300 people and includes the Flinders Estate and the South Nowra industrial lands, has been identified as having potential to accommodate up to 180 new industrial lots.

The Regional Plan supports this precinct by committing to develop a precinct profile to identify the desired future role, land and infrastructure requirements, and a simplified planning process to activate investment opportunities.

An emerging metropolis, Nowra City Centre offers a diversity of functions and the Shoalhaven River has been highlighted as an untapped asset.

There are plans in place to replace the Nowra Bridge, upgrade Shoalhaven Hospital, and activate the riverfront, and leveraging these investments through collaboration between the NSW Government, council, health and education institutions, and the private sector will attract investment and economic development to achieve Nowra City Centre’s growth potential.

According to the plan, this would enhance open space, improve connections, increase safety and provide a catalyst for investment.

Nowra Bomaderry has been earmarked as a regionally significant growth area with a long -term capacity of 9,600 new dwellings with the current focus on the Moss Vale Road precincts.

Development of these new communities will be enhanced with access to active and public transport connections to enhance accessibility to diverse employment opportunities, retail, health and education facilities.

Identifying and coordinating the planning, funding and roll out of infrastructure and monitoring the take up of housing in growth area will help unlock housing supply. 

To read the draft updated Regional Plan and SIC and have your say visit: www.planning.nsw.gov.au/ISRP

Van park sale will help Shoalhaven's jewel to shine

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Nowra's Gateway Caravan Park, on the south eastern side the Nowra bridge has been sold to the Mosman Property Group.

Plans are in the pipeline to level the park to make way for tourist accommodation and a conference centre in the prime riverfront location.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward hopes the commercial venture will help stimulate the redevelopment of the riverfront which has says is the "jewel in Nowra's crown".

"This is a prime piece of real estate that deserves an attractive development that adds to the value and the fabric of that waterfront," he said.

"I'm really excited that the site as been purchased by a developer that has a bit of form when it comes to developing the sorts of sensible and meaningful developments.

"We can now make sure that we activate that waterfront that is, in my view, the most under-utilised asset in the whole of the Shoalhaven."

Mr Ward says the community will be happy to see the unattractive caravan park go.

"The Willow Caravan Park is an absolute eyesore," he said.

"It's not what you want to see when you come to a community like ours.

"Nowra and the Shoalhaven needs an entrance way that brings more people and that complements and adds value - and the Willow Caravan Park certainly doesn't do that.

"It's not an attractive place for the Shoalhaven, we can do much better."

As the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Mr Ward says the caravan park not longer provide emergency or crisis accommodation and people should not be living permanently in the facility.

He says there should not be any homelessness caused by the closure of the park and says he has recently opened low cost housing units in Nowra.

Mr Ward says he is looking forward to meeting with the developers and talking to them bout their plans for the site and how they can be integrated into the public space along the riverfront.