Hastings Horizons.... services, facilities and social well being

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This consultation has concluded. A report will go to Council early in 2013.

We. You. Us!What should be on the horizon for the next stage of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's journey Towards 2030?

With a newly elected Council the community have an opportunity to have a say on what they are satisfied with, how our parks and recreation facilities are managed and what should form the projects on the horizon for the new term of Council.

Help determine how we deliver services and meet your expectations for social wellbeing, quality of life, roads, buildings and recreation facilities!

The community is an essential part of Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and your feedback and advice at all stages is vital in developing the Delivery Program for 2013 - 2017, which outlines the Council's priorities.

With the rating level set for the term of the Delivery Program, help us ensure our finances are used in the most effective way to meet community expectations.

Your involvement will assist us to understand community priorities, the level of community satisfaction with the services Council has provided in recent years, the issues that impact on social wellbeing and quality of life as well as expectations with regards to roads, parks and recreation facilities.

Your feedback is important and highly valued.

We. You. Us!What should be on the horizon for the next stage of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's journey Towards 2030?

With a newly elected Council the community have an opportunity to have a say on what they are satisfied with, how our parks and recreation facilities are managed and what should form the projects on the horizon for the new term of Council.

Help determine how we deliver services and meet your expectations for social wellbeing, quality of life, roads, buildings and recreation facilities!

The community is an essential part of Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and your feedback and advice at all stages is vital in developing the Delivery Program for 2013 - 2017, which outlines the Council's priorities.

With the rating level set for the term of the Delivery Program, help us ensure our finances are used in the most effective way to meet community expectations.

Your involvement will assist us to understand community priorities, the level of community satisfaction with the services Council has provided in recent years, the issues that impact on social wellbeing and quality of life as well as expectations with regards to roads, parks and recreation facilities.

Your feedback is important and highly valued.

Guest Book

The Community Workshops in this project will look at the parks, recreation facilites and pools that Council provides. We'll discuss what sort of facilites you wish to see provided and how you rate what is currently provided.

Start thinking about these facilities by sharing your experiences of local recreation facilities. What are your favourites? Which facilites would you improve? Have you had a memorable experience at a local park or playground?

Having two major shopping centres is inconvenient and means unnecessary traffic between the two, as on a shopping day we inevitably want to go to shops in both places. Merge Settlement City into Port Central, and bring people back to the town centre. Retain town green of course and turn the end of Horton and Clarence street into a vibrant and social streetscape like the open-air square at Erina Fair.

Jillian almost 9 years ago

We travel regularly to Northern NSW towns for sport and would like to see PM plan sporting facilities like Taree and Tamworth have done, where all their facilities are in the one place and on the fringe of town for easy access by visitors. At Taree they have the cricket fields, soccer, hockey, rugby fields, netball courts, basketball stadiums, aquatic centre, entertainment centre, and cycle track all in the one area. I would be happy to drive across town every day to Tuffins or somewhere like the golf range if it meant i didnt have to keep driving all over the place. It would be particularly great if it could be linked to the river where they could do kayaking, canoeing, rowing, or sailing.
More cycle ways are needed.
THe skate park at town beach is brilliant, but it would be even better if there was a small one at Lighthouse beach or blair park.
And an ocean pool would take some pressure off the town pool.

There is a fantastic kids playground at SPeers point, which is in the middle of their sporting fields

Jillian almost 9 years ago

Long term planning:
1. Establish a outdoor stage/sound shell/ type facility at Westport Park for outdoor concerts, carols by candlelight & other open air functions etc.
2. Provide toilet facilities at southern end of lighthouse beach area. On reserve near camel rides.
3. Provide toilet facilities at Blair Reserve. Near newly created bike track & playground.
4. For education purposes: Provide "Invasive weed manuals" to all ratepayers/property holders.

Brian G almost 9 years ago

Having travelled recently and specifically looked for parks to help get our kids out of the car we found some really wonderful and amazing parks along the way. The best of which was KidsTown in Shepparton in VIC, www.kidstown.org.au. It was a collaboration of businesses and council. It is truely a wonderful spot. The Cairns esplande also was quite amazing and refreshing (literally with the water popping up from the ground). It would be just so wonderful if Port could boast an amazing outdoor playground that would: 1. attract families, 2. encompass our beautiful surrounds and natural features, 3. support the healthy living messages that are being directed at school children at the moment, 4. involve business, schools and the community with the design and part funding of the park. Even a recent visit to Coffs Harbour uncovered an amazing little All Access park near the new Coles, and it was jambed packed full of people. And one last one that deserves a mention is a wonderful park that we found at Umina Beach, with a fenced off soft mat section for the little kids fully under shade, then stretching into a wide open space play area for older kids, with a flying fox, and gym stops around the outside of the parimeter so parents could exercise while watching kids. We dont have to reinvent the wheel, lets steal some great ideas that others have had and tweek it to make it our own! Port is the ultimate place for kids I think, with beaches, rivers, good weather and safe surrounds, and i believe the more families come here now, the more those kids will want to come back as adults when they are older to re-live those good times, (and spend those tourist dollars).
Parks are for everyone and two more comments i would like to make is that it would be lovely to see parks that take the elderly into consideration too, with good walk ways and appropriate seating and shade. Maybe a community charity organisation that already is involved with the elderly could help design, fundraise and use the park.

And finally, what about man's best friend...our dogs! Dogs are such a big part of many families with young kids and the elderly having dogs for company, two major population groups in Port Macquarie, but unfortunately both groups are currently not being catered for when it comes to off leash dog walking areas, with our only two available areas on beaches, with incredibly difficult (if not impossible for alot of people) access to the actualy walking area. I love walking the dogs down the beach, its awesome, but it's also incredibly difficult if you are pushing a pram, walking with a stick or a wheelchair. And then even if you can get to the beach, a walk means wet and sandy conditions. PLEASE can we find an off the leash dog area that is on grass? Somewhere where you can drive right into a large paddock area (on a road of course), then you could get out of the car on flat ground and just walk around the large grassed area, something quick and clean. Utlimately, if its too hard, or impossible, the dogs dont get walked, and that is sad and not what we want for our beloved family members. How about small fenced runs along existing parks throughout the community, so that we can walk to the park, let the kids climb the equipment, and let the dogs run in their fenced spot, say the length of the park and a few meters wide? It would be healthy for the dogs, and maybe just help people get out of the house more as they could do something for their pals....their dogs.

anniR almost 9 years ago

At the risk of appearing parochial, I urge council to seriously consider the natural magnetism to locals and tourists alike, of the recreational area immediately north of the bridge over Cathie Creek and the huge increase of that attraction if the mouth to Cathie Creek was permanently kept open to the Pacific Ocean. The adjacent section of Ocean Drive is also screaming out for reseal.

glitchfield almost 9 years ago

This council seems to be one of 'develop at any cost'. They are approving massive development south of Lake Cathie but haven't widened the road to Port. Already school traffic is banked up to Emerald downs roundabout at peak hour, whats' it going to be like when these subdivisions come on line.
Already the road around that area has had the speed limits drastically reduced.
Someone made comment about the main intersection.
I agree with the bollards but when we first moved to Port I nearly received an injury several times as the tiling and colour of the crossing is so like many European cities where pedestrians have right of way.
Who was the genius that did this and have they investigated international standards? After all we are supposed to be a tourist town.

Sprocket almost 9 years ago

I am strongly against any changes to the Shelley Beach carparking and recreational area. The removal of three pines to make way for carparks does not make sense as the plan suggests removing more parks than are being generated. Yes, it does get busy there but the advertised changes will not address this issue. There is already adequate green area and the removal of parking spots at the northern end is neither wanted nor warranted by locals that I have spoken too. Many people use the northern end to look at the surf, sitting in there car and have been doing so for more years that I would care to remember. No changes pleases!

shelley almost 9 years ago

Over next 4 years establish:
1. Continue extending footpaths (say 500 L/M per annum) from schools.
2. Establish volunteer "Littercare" group to help with keeping road sides, parks & reserves clean & tidy (Similar to the excellent work Landcare do with PMHC).
3. Ensure, if possible, current Fire Station site (Hay St Crown lands) is retained for community non-profit organisations/projects when Station is relocated to Central Road. Keep the site in public rather than developers hands.
4. Provide suitable premises/site for useful non-profit organisations such as Landcare Nursery & Community Gardens.
5. For safety reasons more regular upkeep & maintenance is needed on roadway line/lane markings.
6. Greater flexibility & freedom (from onerous red-tape) to householders to remove large nuisance trees from small suburban properties.

Brian G almost 9 years ago

Council staff resources are at an all time low level. Council must employ a number of fulltime, experienced & well qualified engineers (Sewer, Water, Development & Special projects) to process development applications, CC's & run funded projects within council. These professionals need to be sourced form private industry to attract new ideas & energy to the organisation.

Michael Mowle
Director, Hopkins Consultants

Michael6 almost 9 years ago

two suggestions
1. work with woolworths and turn the old food for less building into a roller/ice skate rink.
2. beautify the public areas. Pay community groups to look after and maintain a particular park, beach, foreshore area etc.

greengirl60 almost 9 years ago

Everyone needs to have maps showing rises in sea-level due to climate change in the next 50 years before making decisions. We will need native vegetation to protect our assets from erosion, along with Planned Retreat (the only realistic option) and consolidation of built areas. We are attracted to living here because of the natural environment which means bushland and wildlife - we can co-exist with it, and Council is leading the way. This is not another suburb of Sydney, so let's have sustainable affordable houses that people want, not those airconditioned McMansions with no room for trees. Encourage family fun and healthy activity for all ages on our waterways with everything from waterslides to canoeing and fishing, because that's sustainable tourism. People come from all over the world to see our koalas and beaches and national parks - remember how lucky we are and what we need to protect. Let's support local food production and community gardens (would tomatoes grow in the GlassHouse?)

Ent almost 9 years ago

As a recent visitor to Port I was absolutely disgusted at the lack of signage and the condition of the roads. Does the Coucil people for roads tender for boxes of pot-holes and then link them with bitumen? I have never ever experienced such an area. The locals don't help by charging onto roundabouts without the rule of "give way to vehicles on the roudabout" As for the boneshaker tables at city intersections, are they sponsored by the local front end specialists? I always thought that "Bollards" were part of a wharf decor. Who decided to put them in the main street with no clear indication that you could turn. Some elevated platforms have one or two "Zebra Crossings" painted but the other two are blank, what a wonderful way to cause confusion to both motorists and pedestrians. No wonder there are so many accidents. Your city is no longer tourist friendly and this must show in lack of dollars spent. Please turn back the clock to the friendly Port that I knew.

pherretaus almost 9 years ago

Just have one comment/suggestion as a cyclist who for sheer survival, is forced to use the wrong side of the road on ocean drive road between Crestwood and Greenmeadows Drive because of the narrowness of the road. This stretch of the road does not even have a shoulder but worst of all a dangerous cement "kerb" which prevents a cyclist from moving off the road to avoid careless heavy vehicles whizzing by. Please Please address this before someone is killed either because they are riding on the wrong side of the road or the right side of it.

sgnit almost 9 years ago

I would like to see the Googik and Kooloonbung off road shared cycleway from the Port CBD to Lake Innes area completed.

Works are partially completed and the corridor exists. The completion of this project should be a priority.

This will provide a safe off road low gradient cycleway suitable for all users and assist in bypassing the Lake Rd Industrial area. It will connect the existing path system including the Macquarie Field path. It will improve access and passive usage of areas from the Hastings River foreshore through Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park and Lake Innes Nature Reserve. It will improve access to schools at St Columba, St Pauls and McKillop all the way through to Port High School. It will be a fantastic tourism asset. It will connect community assets including sporting fields, the community gardens, the girl scout hall, the Mens Shed, etc. etc. It will provide a recreational asset for residents of Port Macquarie who live further from the coast and would otherwise drive to access town and the beaches. It will provide a safe way to get to work or school other than in a vehicle.

It is a no-brainer.

I applaud Mayor Besseling for supporting this project from its inception and I look forward to its successful completion during this term.

Jai C almost 9 years ago

"Help determine how we deliver services and meet your expectations for social wellbeing, quality of life, roads, buildings and recreation facilities!"

How can council deliver any of the above with the financial burden of the Glass House? What steps are council taking to remove this impost and what is the time frame?

rcflyer almost 9 years ago

The most conflicted area of concern for Bonny Hills residents is the current level of traffic passing through the town. This causes noise and disturbance to the local environment, increases the likely hood of a crash and a pedestrian fatality. This also discourages tourists from holidaying in Bonny Hills.
What is needed is a traffic management plan that discourages the use of large vehicles passing through Bonny Hills. Also the provision of suitable safety for pedestrians. There are NO pedestrian crossings at all in Bonny Hills, yet upwards of 100 large 35 tonne B-Double like trucks pass through daily. Small children and tourists, especially in holiday season are in danger.
A ByPass road is the only real answer. This road would not only solve the traffic problem but give access to large trucks from Grants Head quarry and those coming and going to North Haven. Thus allowing the expansion of that business proposition. This would also open up housing development areas at the rear and on the hill of Bonny Hills.
Partnering with a developer to do this, would be a WIN-WIN for the council, the residents and the developer, to say nothing of the employment opportunities this would open and the ability for more "settlers" to be housed in Bonny Hills.

VivMakila almost 9 years ago

Where is the master plan for parks and recreation? when will we be catering for the whole family experience along the water front, not just a skate park for the few? Look at Townsville and Carins for inspiration please! let's not forget to make use of our natural highlights...

Mia almost 9 years ago

Ocean pool should be a priority as a minimum. This is a much cheaper option than a full aquatic centre and realistically could be built this coming winter. This could be coordinated with more trees on town green (inexpensive) and more tables, chairs, bbq's and grassed areas.
The kids of this town (and their parents) do deserve an aquatic centre but i am a bit cynical when it comes to hoping for anything that will cost big dollars.

nothappyman almost 9 years ago

port macquarie council is so far behind other councils when it comes to parks and recreational areas. Lack of seating and bbq areas and bbq areas that dont have lights. not many bins and we dont even have the recycle type bins like other councils have changed to

ben almost 9 years ago

Whilst the sides of many of our roads are still relatively uncluttered we should be striving to design and implement increased cycle ways (and places for elderly and disabled transport options) and making provision for even things like light rail along the coastal fringe. Connecting our parks, waterways, schools with low carbon and free transport options would be even more valuable than the creation of more parks. Engaging the community groups to assist with development, fund raising etc should be considered.

Petros Aftokinito almost 9 years ago