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Council working to resolve Sanctuary Point land access issues

Shoalhaven City Council is working with the Crown Land Division to resolve an access issue affecting slivers of waterfront land along Greville Avenue and Sanctuary Point Road, Sanctuary Point.

The survey plan for a 1929 Sanctuary Point subdivision, which created in excess of 460 blocks in this area, created lots on the foreshore boundary fronting the 100 foot reservation (Crown Reserve) along St Georges Basin. Council is the trust manager of the Crown reserve.

The owner of a large Sanctuary Point land holding, Bunnerong Investments Pty Ltd has recently identified a hiatus of land between the subdivided lots and the Crown Reserve.

This finding has resulted in Bunnerong registering a new survey plan earlier this year which has created slivers of freehold land separating the Crown Reserve and private residential allotments along the foreshore of Palm Beach and John Williams Reserve.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said the creation of these slivers of land had the potential to legally alter current access arrangements in the area.

Bunnerong Investments today placed markers to identify the balance of land from the reserve, a decision Councillor Green said may create access implications.

“Council is working with the owners of the land, the Crown Land Division and Bunnerong Investments in an attempt to resolve this issue and retain public access to the local parks,” said Clr Green.

“While Council is not the owner of the land the Reserve Trust does have a number of assets located within the slivers including carparks and play areas. "

“Council has undertaken extensive discussions with Bunnerong and considered a range of options to resolve the issue. “

“As part of this Council has offered to licence the slivers of land to alleviate the public liability concerns of Bunnerong as an interim measure.”

“While the parties involved have yet to come to an agreement Council is both committed and optimistic about reaching a sustainable and responsible outcome while retaining the public foreshore for public use.”

Council and the Crown Land Division will continue discussions with Bunnerong Investments to ensure public inconvenience is minimised.

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