Shoalhaven City Council has tonight resolved from Clr Watson’s Notice of Motion to undertake a reclassification process for the vacant block of land located at 59 Owen Street, Huskisson to change the land classification from operational to community land. The proposed classification of the land to community use provides a level of restriction over the land preventing certain development from occurring and ensuring that community consultation is a pivotal part of any future use.
Mayor Findley said, “Council has undertaken an extensive process to develop the draft Huskisson Foreshore Masterplan covering the areas of 59 Owen Street (previous Club Jervis Bay overflow carpark), the Club Jervis Bay and Huskisson Hotel properties.”
“Community input to the plan will not be disregarded, even though these restrictions have been placed on the land.”
“I have been concerned throughout the masterplan process that the community would be locked into a particular outcome for the use of the land based on the viability of the site.”
“This land is very important to the community, particularly the retention of the special view over Currambine creek out to the bay, this was the reason the land was purchased in the first place.”
“There has been significant community interest in this land and the need for it to be retained as a community space. The view from this site is important for tourism, so many of our 3.1 million tourists pass through Jervis Bay and this view is important for the whole community,” said Mayor Findley.
“The reclassification process includes a number of steps that need to be undertaken before it officially takes effect.”
Council staff will still be able to finalise the master planning process and provide a report to Council for consideration outlining the outcomes of the community engagement process.
This decision however recognises the overwhelming view of the community is they want this space retained and the view protected. Tonight we have taken steps for this land to be retained for community use and to be protected.