Killalea Reserve Enhancement Project

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Killalea Reserve Enhancement Project

Media Release - Reflections Applauds Recognition of Killalea as a Nature Reserve under NPWS Banner

As the Land Manager for Killalea Reserve since 2015, Reflections Holiday Parks applauds the NSW Government’s recognition of Killalea as a Nature Reserve under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

Volunteer Activities at Killalea Reserve

Reflections would like to acknowledge the dedication and pride in the Reserve demonstrated by Friends of Killalea’ volunteers and are committed to partnering with volunteer groups who do such valuable work in the community.

We would like to clarify that the majority of the Eucalyptus Robusta planted by the Friends of Killalea volunteer Landcare Group on 11 July 2020 at the Reserve were not thriving and were unfortunately absent of any signs of growth.

The establishment of any new plant requires several things to be successful including, soil preparation and post planting care. There are lessons to be learnt as to how we work with our volunteers to make sure tree planting activities are more successful in future and can be better managed by park staff. As Killalea Reserve consists of many Endangered Ecological Communities and microclimates, vegetation choice, surrounding landscape and environment and future care and maintenance need to be carefully considered before large-scale planting is undertaken.

Unfortunately, Reflections were not consulted prior to the planting of the saplings, with many of the plants still not thriving or had died in the 12 months after being put in the ground. Saplings showing signs of growth remain where they were planted. A sapling maintenance plan has been discussed with Friends of Killalea to ensure the best chance of survival for these remaining saplings. Like the Friends of Killalea, we value the re-establishment and expansion of ecological communities for the benefit of the environment, wildlife, and community. Reflections is also currently working with Friends of Killalea to replant within the Reserve to connect essential corridors of rainforest.

We encourage volunteer groups who are interested in helping with vegetation management at the Reserve to work with us to discuss which areas of the Reserve are best suited for replanting, and the ongoing maintenance required to ensure saplings survive to maturity.

Volunteers who would like to contribute to the environment at Killalea Reserve, including weed management and lawn mowing, are asked to contact the Park Manager via email at killaleareserve@reflectionsholiday.com.au.

Reflections is committed to respecting the local environment at Killalea and is working on Reserve maintenance as a priority. We are excited at the possibility of working with people as passionate about the Reserve as we are.

Reflections Holiday Parks

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  • 5 December 2021

    NSW Government announcement to transition Killalea Reserve to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) by 1 July 2022.  Reflections investment in maintenance of the camping ground and reserve to continue until formal transition of Killalea to NPWS.  Killalea Reserve Engancement Project not moving ahead.

  • March 2021 - TBC

    Full Engagement Program: Reflections Holiday Parks seeking detailed  community feedback. 

  • February 2021- June 2021

    Site investigations for an alternative Access Road to the Killalea Site 

  • February 2020 - March 2020

    Early Engagement: Reflections Holiday Parks seeking community feedback on what they enjoy and value about Killalea Reserve

  • March 2020 - November 2020

    Covid-19 caused all Reflections Holiday Parks to temporarily close and the Project was put on hold.

  • December 2019 - February 2020

    Planning for community engagement to inform the project

  • October 2019

    Grant announcement made by Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward MP

  • 31 January 2019

    Grant application submitted for Killalea Reserve Multifunction Facility and Tourism Growth Project

Community Engagement Overview

Engagement Process
In December 2019, Reflections initiated discussions with RPS Group to assist with the Killalea Reserve Enhancement Project.

RPS is a consultancy with specific expertise in community engagement. Together with Reflections, they led the process from the end of March 2021. Initial community consultation sessions commenced from the end of March 2021.


What did we consult on?
The consultation program was designed to capture community feedback on the following:

  • A multifunction community facility with the potential for a function room, restaurant/cafe, outdoor deck and natural amphitheatre for events and cultural activities (Consult)
  • 15 environmentally sustainable eco-cabins (Consult)
  • Guided walking trails featuring a nature-play playground and outdoor fitness stations (Consult)

During the consultation sessions, Reflections provided an update on future investment into the current camping sites and public amenities.This included the upgrade of power, water and sewer infrastructure. (Inform).

The project is now suspended due to transition of Killalea Reserve and camping ground to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) by1 July 2022. Reflections investment in maintenance of the camping ground and reserve will continue until formal transition of Killalea to NPWS.

We continue to listen
We know Killalea Reserve is a special place for locals and visitors. Our 'We are Listening' Survey sought input into what you enjoy and value at Killalea Reserve. We received 125 survey responses which confirmed our understanding of what the community and visitors to the park value about Killalea Reserve.

We've learnt that enjoying outdoor recreational activities and the natural beauty of the Reserve with its spectacular views and nearby Farm Beach are the main reasons why people visit the park. This aligns with our goal to create iconic and innovative experiences based on the philosophies of immersion in nature and giving back to our communities. The environmental protection of Killalea Reserve continues to be a key concern and a key motivator for sustainability.

We have also received good feedback on a range of desired Reserve and Holiday Park improvements. This feedback will be provided to NPWS as part of a complete and smooth transition.