Plaza Car Park - future commercial use.

Consultation has concluded

To ensure that the community vision for this important space is maintained, Council is proposing to include the Plaza Car Park as a Significant Urban Area in the Local Environmental Plan (the LEP).

This means that any future development of the site will need to demonstrate that has considered those things that the community have indicated are of particular importance including: views, public access to the foreshore and the how the buildings might look.

What do you think?

To find out more the following documents might assist.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed changes. The planning proposal is available for viewing from Friday 25 September to Monday 26 October 2015.

Submissions should be received no later than close of business Monday 26 October 2015.

For further information about this proposal, please contact Steve Schwartz, Strategic Land Use Planner on telephone 02 6581 8111 or by email to steve.schwartz@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.


To ensure that the community vision for this important space is maintained, Council is proposing to include the Plaza Car Park as a Significant Urban Area in the Local Environmental Plan (the LEP).

This means that any future development of the site will need to demonstrate that has considered those things that the community have indicated are of particular importance including: views, public access to the foreshore and the how the buildings might look.

What do you think?

To find out more the following documents might assist.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed changes. The planning proposal is available for viewing from Friday 25 September to Monday 26 October 2015.

Submissions should be received no later than close of business Monday 26 October 2015.

For further information about this proposal, please contact Steve Schwartz, Strategic Land Use Planner on telephone 02 6581 8111 or by email to steve.schwartz@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.


Consultation has concluded
  • Extraordinary Council Meeting

    about 4 years ago

    Following on from community engagement about the Plaza Car Park in June last year, Council wrote to the NSW Minister for Lands, seeking an opportunity to negotiate the sale of the Plaza Car Park site.

    In response, the NSW Government has opened an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for the site, with submissions to be submitted by February 6.

    An Extraordinary Council meeting is planned for 5.30pm on Wednesday 4 February at Council Chambers in Burrawan Street, Port Macquarie. At this meeting the Council will decide whether to put forward an EOI for the site.

    Following on from community engagement about the Plaza Car Park in June last year, Council wrote to the NSW Minister for Lands, seeking an opportunity to negotiate the sale of the Plaza Car Park site.

    In response, the NSW Government has opened an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for the site, with submissions to be submitted by February 6.

    An Extraordinary Council meeting is planned for 5.30pm on Wednesday 4 February at Council Chambers in Burrawan Street, Port Macquarie. At this meeting the Council will decide whether to put forward an EOI for the site.

  • Expressions of Interest close in 10 days for Plaza Car Park Site

    almost 5 years ago

    Media release - 22 January 2015

    Last year, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council wrote to the NSW Minister for Lands, seeking an opportunity to negotiate the sale of the Plaza Car Park site, on similar terms those given to Woolworths.

    In response, the NSW Government has quietly opened an Expressions of Interest process for the site. Submissions must be finalised and submitted by February 6, just 10 working days from now, with no extension to this deadline considered.

    “It will be very difficult for any company other than Woolworths to meet the deadline for submissions, given the amount of information required for a professional, detailed development design,” said Mayor, Councillor Peter Besseling.

    “This process has clearly been designed to “tick a box”, for the government to be seen to meet a commitment to the community. It is not designed to get the best possible development outcome for the foreshore and is a token effort at best.”

    “When the previous Labor government rammed through mining decisions just prior to the last state election, there was outrage. Now this government is trying to do exactly the same thing with our public foreshore.”

    “Council intends to put forward an expression of interest, to keep the foreshore in public hands and to make sure that the community wishes to see a pedestrian friendly, interactive, commercial space that caters for parking are met,” said Councillor Besseling.

    Media release - 22 January 2015

    Last year, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council wrote to the NSW Minister for Lands, seeking an opportunity to negotiate the sale of the Plaza Car Park site, on similar terms those given to Woolworths.

    In response, the NSW Government has quietly opened an Expressions of Interest process for the site. Submissions must be finalised and submitted by February 6, just 10 working days from now, with no extension to this deadline considered.

    “It will be very difficult for any company other than Woolworths to meet the deadline for submissions, given the amount of information required for a professional, detailed development design,” said Mayor, Councillor Peter Besseling.

    “This process has clearly been designed to “tick a box”, for the government to be seen to meet a commitment to the community. It is not designed to get the best possible development outcome for the foreshore and is a token effort at best.”

    “When the previous Labor government rammed through mining decisions just prior to the last state election, there was outrage. Now this government is trying to do exactly the same thing with our public foreshore.”

    “Council intends to put forward an expression of interest, to keep the foreshore in public hands and to make sure that the community wishes to see a pedestrian friendly, interactive, commercial space that caters for parking are met,” said Councillor Besseling.

  • Community Engagement Summary completed

    over 5 years ago
    Community workshop (1)

    The comments and feedback received in recent community engagement have now been compiled into a summary with a report sent to the Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries. The Mayor will meet with the Minister later this month to discuss further. 

    To read a summary of community engagement, click here.

    To read the most recent media release, click here.


    The comments and feedback received in recent community engagement have now been compiled into a summary with a report sent to the Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries. The Mayor will meet with the Minister later this month to discuss further. 

    To read a summary of community engagement, click here.

    To read the most recent media release, click here.


  • Community Engagement Summary

    over 5 years ago

    Thank you for all those who have been involved in having their say about this site.

    A report is being compiled that captures what the community has had to say and we hope to post that report to the site next week.


    Thank you for all those who have been involved in having their say about this site.

    A report is being compiled that captures what the community has had to say and we hope to post that report to the site next week.


  • Background Information from June 2014

    almost 5 years ago

    The Plaza car park reserve is Crown Lands for which Council is the current Trust Manager.
    In 2010 a Foreshore Master Plan was developed which included this site. Following significant community engagement, a draft Plan of Management was sent to the Minister for approval and placed on public exhibition but was not adopted. The plan was changed and again placed on public exhibition by the State Government in March 2012. (click here to see the document)(External link) or view in the document library(External link).

    Crown Lands are currently negotiating a direct sale of the car park to Woolworths, which is contrary to the exhibited draft Plan of Management which identifies that a public sale of the land by an Expression of Interest process is to be undertaken. Community concern has been expressed that a supermarket development on the land may not be the best and highest use of this important site.

    Council is seeking to determine what the community would like Council to advocate on its behalf regarding the activation of this key commercial precinct in the CBD. You can do this in the following ways:
    1. RSVP and come along to a Community Workshop on June 16
    2. Sharing what you would say to a developer in the GuestBook


    The Plaza car park reserve is Crown Lands for which Council is the current Trust Manager.
    In 2010 a Foreshore Master Plan was developed which included this site. Following significant community engagement, a draft Plan of Management was sent to the Minister for approval and placed on public exhibition but was not adopted. The plan was changed and again placed on public exhibition by the State Government in March 2012. (click here to see the document)(External link) or view in the document library(External link).

    Crown Lands are currently negotiating a direct sale of the car park to Woolworths, which is contrary to the exhibited draft Plan of Management which identifies that a public sale of the land by an Expression of Interest process is to be undertaken. Community concern has been expressed that a supermarket development on the land may not be the best and highest use of this important site.

    Council is seeking to determine what the community would like Council to advocate on its behalf regarding the activation of this key commercial precinct in the CBD. You can do this in the following ways:
    1. RSVP and come along to a Community Workshop on June 16
    2. Sharing what you would say to a developer in the GuestBook