Killalea Reserve Enhancement Project

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Killalea Reserve Enhancement Project

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

Consultation Update

Project update - 6 May 2021 - Last week's face-to-face community consultation sessions and next steps for Reflections

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  • February 2020 - March 2020

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

  • 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 

  • 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 will lead the process from the end of March 2021 now that the project has recommenced. Initial community consultation sessions are expected to commence from the end of March 2021.


What are we consulting on?
The consultation program has been 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 will provide an update on future investment into current camping sites and public amenities.This includes the upgrade of power, water and sewer infrastructure. (Inform)

We are listening!
We know Killalea Reserve is a special place for locals and visitors and we want to ensure the Killalea Reserve enhancement project best reflects the needs of the community. Our 'We are Listening' Survey sought input into what you enjoy and value at Killalea Reserve. We received 125 survey responses which has 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 is one of our key concerns and a key motivator for sustainability.

We have also received good feedback on a range of desired Reserve and Holiday Park improvements. Money earnt from improved tourist facilities will go a long way towards helping us achieve some of these great ideas and we look forward to keeping you updated on our progress. We are aiming to achieve extraordinary results from the resources and funding available to us.

Interactive Map - Have your say

We invite you to provide your comments on the key aspects of the project via our interactive map.

To learn more about the project details, please review the information boards located in the 'Key Documents' or the  'Image Gallery' section of this website.

Please click on any point on the map below, or drag the comment box icon onto any location on the map to have your say on the following: 

  • Locations and design aspects of a multifunction community facility with the potential for a function room, restaurant/cafe, outdoor deck and natural amphitheatre for events and cultural activities
  • Location of 15 environmentally sustainable eco-cabins
  • Guided walking trails featuring a nature-play playground and outdoor fitness stations.
  • Enhancements to existing camping including upgrades of power, water and sewer infrastructure.

When making your comments on the map please note:

  • You will need to make it clear which project feature you are referring to.
  • No buildings will be incorporated into the red zone. This is a high-sensitivity area due to wetlands, identified ecologically endangered communities and view to the ridgeline from the beaches.  
  • The area Reflections is investigating for potential facility locations, with community consultation, is highlighted in yellow.
  • Comments will be monitored and comments which include defamatory content and language which could be deemed offensive will be removed.

For additional information about the environmental restraints, view the pop up image or download the map.

  • Provide your feedback After clicking 'Participate Now', to view the map in a full screen, please click 'Full Screen View'.

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  Discussion questions

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Our understanding from the surveys we have done on site, from comments and submissions raised directly with us and through a review of social media is that the beach, surf breaks, views, natural environment, undeveloped and undisturbed environmental qualities are all essential to what makes Killalea so special.

What else belongs on this list?

We know that both Aboriginal and European history, as well as local surfing history, are important to Killalea. How do we celebrate and honour these and how can we source funding or support for this?

New cabins must be built so that holiday lettings can provide a return. Do you support this, and if not, what are the issues that concern you?

Do you have suggestions for how we can build the cabins such that you will support them?

Is there community interest and appetite for helping with the environmental management of Killalea? Who do we need to talk to about this?

What are some options for Reflections to raise funds from the site?

Our understanding from the surveys we have done on site, from comments and submissions raised directly with us and through a review of social media is that the beach, surf breaks, views, natural environment, undeveloped and undisturbed environmental qualities are all essential to what makes Killalea so special.

What else belongs on this list?

We know that both Aboriginal and European history, as well as local surfing history, are important to Killalea. How do we celebrate and honour these and how can we source funding or support for this?

What are some options for Reflections to raise funds from the site?

Is there community interest and appetite for helping with the environmental management of Killalea? Who do we need to talk to about this?

New cabins must be built so that holiday lettings can provide a return. Do you support this, and if not, what are the issues that concern you?

Do you have suggestions for how we can build the cabins such that you will support them?

Our understanding from the surveys we have done on site, from comments and submissions raised directly with us and through a review of social media is that the beach, surf breaks, views, natural environment, undeveloped and undisturbed environmental qualities are all essential to what makes Killalea so special.

What else belongs on this list?

We know that both Aboriginal and European history, as well as local surfing history, are important to Killalea. How do we celebrate and honour these and how can we source funding or support for this?

New cabins must be built so that holiday lettings can provide a return. Do you support this, and if not, what are the issues that concern you?

Do you have suggestions for how we can build the cabins such that you will support them?

What are some options for Reflections to raise funds from the site?

Is there community interest and appetite for helping with the environmental management of Killalea? Who do we need to talk to about this?