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Have your say on Berkeley Boat Harbour

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Wollongong residents are encouraged to have their say on the future of Berkeley Boat Harbour at Lake Illawarra to help inform development of a masterplan for the site.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands is seeking community input on the harbour’s uses and needs, with a public survey now open until 26 August.

“Berkeley Boat Harbour is a popular area off Northcliffe Drive at the northern end of Lake Illawarra with land partly owned by Wollongong City Council and Crown Lands,” Mr Anderson said.

“Community consultation is a chance for residents to have their say on what improvements they would like to see at the harbour to make it more user-friendly and appealing for fishers, boaties and the general community.

“Lake Illawarra is one of Wollongong’s most significant natural assets so improvements to this area will benefit regional tourism as well as locals.”

Crown Lands is undertaking community consultation in collaboration with Wollongong City Council and design and engineering consultancy Cardno, with the online survey open for residents and other user groups.

Berkeley Boat Harbour currently has a boat launching area, green open space for recreation and picnics, a beach area for families, car parking, and is home to Port Kembla Sailing Club and a commercial seafood takeaway.

However, the area and its infrastructure need upgrading to better cater for the broad range of people that use the site and to provide more modern amenities.

Input from the survey will help inform a redesign of the harbour’s surrounds to provide a revitalised precinct with better functioning public spaces and facilities.

This could include potential upgrades to the boat ramp, jetty facilities, configuration of the car park, or other on-site amenities.

The masterplan will provide a blueprint for future improvements over time and will be used to inform funding bids from Crown Lands, Council or other sources.

To undertake the community survey visit the website

Aerial view of Berkeley Boat Harbour at Lake Illawarra
Berkeley Boat Harbour at Lake Illawarra