Council to invest $6m at Werri Beach Holiday Park

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Kiama Council is investing more than $6 million in a major upgrade of the Werri Beach Holiday Park starting in 2020. Mayor Mark Honey said the upgrade would deliver a first-class holiday park for Gerringong, matching other iconic holiday destinations along the NSW coast.  

“Council has been upgrading our holiday parks at Kiama Harbour, Kendalls Beach and Surf Beach, as part of our improvement strategy, but Werri Beach represents a significant $6 million investment,” Councillor Honey said.

“The money council is investing will not only ensure the long-term profitability of Werri Beach Holiday Park, but provide a major economic boost for the Gerringong economy as well.”

Councillor Honey said the initial upgrade would focus on the northern precinct of the park, with work done between May and November in 2020 and 2021, to reduce the impact on the peak tourist season.

Key features of the upgrade are:

  • A new main park entrance with entry lay-by, visitor car parking, accessible car parking and entry/exit lanes.
  • Reconfigured and wider internal road network providing access to larger, flatter short-term sites
  • All new short-term sites connected to water, sewer and power
  • A new waterplay area, upgraded pool with shade and barbecue facilities and pool shack
  • Renovate and refurbish existing cabins
  • Six new cabins (two accessible, two 3-bedroom, one 1-bedroom, and one studio)
  • Ten new ensuite sites
  • Six new safari tents
  • Upgraded and expanded camp kitchen
  • New children’s playground and relocated jumping pillow
  • Additional amenities building
  • Improved landscaping around the entry area, pool precinct and cabins

Councillor Honey said two important aspects of the upgrade were the need to connect all short-term sites to water, sewer and electricity, and to reduce the number of holiday van sites.

“Council needs to make both these changes to comply with NSW Government regulations.”

“We need to upgrade those sites at the north-western section of the park to provide proper services, while we’ll be converting some of the holiday van sites to other types of accommodation.”

“Holidays vans currently make up 80 per cent of sites at Werri Beach. We have negotiated with the NSW Government to reduce that to 60 per cent rather than the 50 per cent normally required by the guidelines.”

“There will be inconvenience and there will be a loss of 79 van sites, but it is for the long term viability of the park, and the region.”

 “Importantly, affected van owners have until May 2020 at least, to vacate their sites. Allowing them to enjoy two more summers before moving.”

While the masterplan identifies road and sewage improvements needed for the southern precinct, there are no plans to do this work in the next 10 years.

Council has held an information session with van owners to explain the changes, as part of the planning stage of the project.

Those wanting further information are advised to contact the Council’s Commercial Services Manager on (02) 4232 0444 or .

Councillor Honey said the $6 million upgrade was made possible by Council’s careful financial management.

“The financing of major projects such as Werri Beach, has been made possible by Council securing its Fit for the Future status.”

Councillor Honey said the investment in Werri Beach met the objective of the Community Strategic Plan of ensuring a diverse and thriving economy, by promoting and supporting tourism in the local area.

“This work will enable Werri Beach to attract more tourists, willing to pay for high-quality accommodation and services, well into the future .”

“Those tourists will not only be spending their money at Werri Beach Holiday Park, but also the surrounding local businesses of Gerringong.”

 “Werri Beach has always been one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, and now it will have a holiday park to match.”

Further information:

Fact sheet for Werri Beach Holiday Park future redevelopment

Business Development Strategy and Master Plan for Werri Beach Holiday Park