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Posted on: 28 August, 2018

Draft Plan of Management goes on display for Hunter’s boating, camping and fishing hot-spot, Lake St

A new kiosk, playgrounds and a multi-purpose meeting facility are some of the possibilities included in a draft Plan of Management for Lake St Clair recreation ground unveiled for public exhibition from Wednesday 29 August until 12 October 2018.


Singleton Council is encouraging feedback on the draft plan, which provides guidelines for the planning, development and care of the Lake St Clair Recreation Park.


It also proposes to categorise the entire Lake St Clair Recreation Park area as “General Community Use.”


In addition to making a submission, a public hearing will also be held for members of the community to find out more information on Thursday 13 September 2018.


Council’s Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Damian Morris, said the aim of the draft Plan of Management was to create a unique destination for both residents and visitors, while maintaining the park’s spacious and unspoilt ambiance.


The draft Plan of Management proposes to maintain the maximum occupancy rate of 350 campers, in line with existing consent conditions, and approves the following Masterplan elements:


Conversion of the existing camp kitchen into a kiosk (if viable)
Development of one or two new covered kitchens
Installation of playground and a multi-purpose meeting facility
Upgrades to power supply and wastewaters systems


“Lake St Clair is a recreational hot-spot for locals and visitors alike. It’s a place to relax and unwind, as well as a place for adventurers looking to turn up the action as a boating, fishing and water-skiing playground,” Mr Morris said.


“The vision for the park is to create a unique Australian recreational and tourist experience with well-maintained and appropriate facilities. The plan contains numerous actions to improve the park’s presentation, visitor experience and levels of service within the current parameters as a primitive camp site.”


Mr Morris said the draft plan enabled all the upgrades proposed in the 2014 Masterplan for the site, excluding the caravan park and on-site cabins component because it was found to be beyond the parks intended character and primitive parameters.


“We think there are some great inclusions in the draft plan that will enhance what everyone loves about Lake St Clair, but we want to know whether people think we’ve got it right or what we might have missed,” he said.


“Whether you’re a Singleton local or a regular visitor to Lake St Clair, this is a great opportunity for everyone to have input into the future of one of Singleton’s most- prized recreational destinations.”


The draft plan can be viewed at singleton.nsw.gov.au/publicexhibition or in hardcopy at Council’s Administration Building, Singleton Library, Singleton VIEC and Lake St Clair Caretaker’s Cottage.


Submissions can be made in writing to the General Manager and posted to Singleton Council P.O. Box 314 Singleton NSW 233 or emailed to Singleton.


Members of the community are also invited to attend a public hearing, facilitated by an independent consultant, on Thursday 13 September 2018 from 5.30 p.m. at Council’s Administration Building.

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