Improving boating on Hastings and Camden Haven Rivers

Feedback on improving boating on the Hastings and Camden Haven Rivers has now closed. Stay tuned for further updates

Are you a boatie, kayaker, paddle boarder or just have a love for the water? Then you might be interested in having input into the draft recreational boating plans for the Hastings River and the Camden Haven River.

Council has been working in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to proactively identify any potential boating infrastructure improvements on both the Hastings and Camden Haven Rivers.

This project is funded through the NSW Boating Now program which aims to ensure that our waterways remain safe and accessible. An initial investigation has been carried out by Royal HaskoningDHV consultants and we are interested in hearing your views on this.

How to have your say:

Come along to one of two drop in sessions:

  • Port Macquarie - Wednesday 14 December 3.00pm-6.00pm Sea Scout Hall - Buller Street
  • Dunbogan - Thursday 15 December 10.00am - 1.00pm Jubilee Community Hall - Dunbogan Reserve
Share your views using the submission tab below - submissions close Friday 23 December 2016




Are you a boatie, kayaker, paddle boarder or just have a love for the water? Then you might be interested in having input into the draft recreational boating plans for the Hastings River and the Camden Haven River.

Council has been working in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to proactively identify any potential boating infrastructure improvements on both the Hastings and Camden Haven Rivers.

This project is funded through the NSW Boating Now program which aims to ensure that our waterways remain safe and accessible. An initial investigation has been carried out by Royal HaskoningDHV consultants and we are interested in hearing your views on this.

How to have your say:

Come along to one of two drop in sessions:

  • Port Macquarie - Wednesday 14 December 3.00pm-6.00pm Sea Scout Hall - Buller Street
  • Dunbogan - Thursday 15 December 10.00am - 1.00pm Jubilee Community Hall - Dunbogan Reserve
Share your views using the submission tab below - submissions close Friday 23 December 2016




Feedback on improving boating on the Hastings and Camden Haven Rivers has now closed. Stay tuned for further updates
  • Hastings River Recreational Boating Needs Investigation

    almost 3 years ago

    Early investigations assessing the future potential boating infrastructure for the lower Hastings River has been undertaken with a study area extending from the upstream of the site at Dennis Bridge to the downstream of the site at the entrance to Settlement Shores Estate canals. This investigation identified two potential sites for development of recreational boat launching facilities.

    • the existing Fernbank Creek boat ramps (Option 1); and,
    • undeveloped land adjacent to the Hibbard Ferry crossing (Option 2).
    Included in the investigation are the following issues:

    • conflict between motorised craft and passive recreation activities,
    • poor standard of boat launching facilities upstream of Settlement Shores Estate Canals,
    • demand expected from proposed regional development, and
    • limited opportunities for water skiing and jet skiing activities

    Preliminary design concepts have been developed for each potential site.

    Early investigations assessing the future potential boating infrastructure for the lower Hastings River has been undertaken with a study area extending from the upstream of the site at Dennis Bridge to the downstream of the site at the entrance to Settlement Shores Estate canals. This investigation identified two potential sites for development of recreational boat launching facilities.

    • the existing Fernbank Creek boat ramps (Option 1); and,
    • undeveloped land adjacent to the Hibbard Ferry crossing (Option 2).
    Included in the investigation are the following issues:

    • conflict between motorised craft and passive recreation activities,
    • poor standard of boat launching facilities upstream of Settlement Shores Estate Canals,
    • demand expected from proposed regional development, and
    • limited opportunities for water skiing and jet skiing activities

    Preliminary design concepts have been developed for each potential site.

  • Camden Haven River Recreational Boating Needs Investigation - summary

    almost 3 years ago

    Early investigations assessing the future potential of existing recreational boating infrastructure for the Camden Haven River, has included an appraisal of existing boating facilities and identified potential improvements at most sites along the Camden Haven River. This included the following sites:

    • Dunbogan Reserve Boat Ramp;
    • Bay Street Boat Ramp;
    • Apex Park Boat Ramp;
    • Public Wharf (Mill St) / Laurieton Fish Co-Op Wharf;
    • Laurie Street Boat Ramp & Wharf;
    • Laurieton United Servicemen’s Club Marina Reserve / Seymour Street Wharf;
    • Marine Rescue Boat Ramp & Wharf, Laurieton / Tunis Street Boat Ramp & Wharf;
    • Stingray Creek Bridge Boat Ramp, North Haven;
    • North Haven Boat Ramp;
    • Henry Kendall Reserve Boat Ramp;
    • Queens Lake Reserve Boat Ramp
    Dunbogan Reserve Boat Ramp and Marine Rescue Boat Ramp in Laurieton were identified as initial priorities for development. Preliminary design concepts were developed for each site, which involve a range of proposed works including:

    • expansion of trailer parking capacity;
    • rigging/de-rigging areas;
    • repair/replacement of deteriorated infrastructure;
    • boat holding pontoons;
    • optional wash down facilities;
    • traffic and pedestrian management measures; and
    • foreshore protection.
    Preliminary design concepts for each potential site.

    In addition, boat ramps that are in poor condition and have reported low levels of usage were identified as the Laurie Street and Bay Street facilities. A recommendation has been made to monitor use at these sites to assess whether the expense of maintenance or upgrades can be justified when the facilities reach the end of their service life and/or considered to pose a risk to public safety.



      Early investigations assessing the future potential of existing recreational boating infrastructure for the Camden Haven River, has included an appraisal of existing boating facilities and identified potential improvements at most sites along the Camden Haven River. This included the following sites:

      • Dunbogan Reserve Boat Ramp;
      • Bay Street Boat Ramp;
      • Apex Park Boat Ramp;
      • Public Wharf (Mill St) / Laurieton Fish Co-Op Wharf;
      • Laurie Street Boat Ramp & Wharf;
      • Laurieton United Servicemen’s Club Marina Reserve / Seymour Street Wharf;
      • Marine Rescue Boat Ramp & Wharf, Laurieton / Tunis Street Boat Ramp & Wharf;
      • Stingray Creek Bridge Boat Ramp, North Haven;
      • North Haven Boat Ramp;
      • Henry Kendall Reserve Boat Ramp;
      • Queens Lake Reserve Boat Ramp
      Dunbogan Reserve Boat Ramp and Marine Rescue Boat Ramp in Laurieton were identified as initial priorities for development. Preliminary design concepts were developed for each site, which involve a range of proposed works including:

      • expansion of trailer parking capacity;
      • rigging/de-rigging areas;
      • repair/replacement of deteriorated infrastructure;
      • boat holding pontoons;
      • optional wash down facilities;
      • traffic and pedestrian management measures; and
      • foreshore protection.
      Preliminary design concepts for each potential site.

      In addition, boat ramps that are in poor condition and have reported low levels of usage were identified as the Laurie Street and Bay Street facilities. A recommendation has been made to monitor use at these sites to assess whether the expense of maintenance or upgrades can be justified when the facilities reach the end of their service life and/or considered to pose a risk to public safety.