Eurobodalla Council is seeking feedback on a draft Plan of Management for the Moruya Golf Course and Showground reserves.
Required under the NSW Local Government Act 1993, the draft plan outlines how the reserves can be used, determines how leases and licences or other interests are granted, and guides the scale and intensity of allowed development.
The draft plan proposes a change to the land category of the precinct – bounded by Albert, Evans and Murray Streets – from ‘park’ to ‘general community use’.
Council’s recreation planner Steve Picton said the change would help ensure heritage values at the Showground were preserved while ensuring it could continue to evolve as an important sporting and events venue.
“Preserving the site’s agricultural heritage and developing it for sporting and other events, emerged as a key issues during community consultations as part of this process,” Mr Picton said.
“The proposed change of land category will support all of these aspirations.”
In developing the new plan, Council sought feedback from all key stakeholder groups including Moruya Golf Club, showground user groups, sporting clubs, local businesses, Cobowra Local Aboriginal Land Council, the general public, various state government agencies and Council staff.
The draft plan was first exhibited from December 2019 to February 2020 however scheduled consultation was postponed due to the bushfire crisis.
Council is placing the draft plan on public exhibition for a further 28 days from Wednesday 24 June 2020 and submissions will be taken up until 4 August 2020 (a total of 42 days).
In accordance with state legislation, Council will also hold an independently-chaired public hearing to seek community comment on the re-categorisation of the two land parcels at 5pm on Wednesday 15 July 2020 at Moruya Golf Club.
The draft Moruya Showground Landscape Masterplan 2018 is available on Council’s website www.esc.nsw.gov.au/publicexhibition