Who is Reflections Holiday Parks?
NSW Crown Holiday Parks (trading as Reflections) is a Category 1 Land Manager operating under the Crown Land Management Act 2016. Reflections manages 37 Holiday Parks and 22 public recreation reserves on Crown land across NSW. Killalea Reserve is one such reserve under Reflections' management. Reflections is a not-for-profit Land Manager. All surplus funds generated from the holiday parks under its management are invested back in the parks and reserves like Killalea, so visitors and regional communities can continue to enjoy such amazing locations for generations to come.
Reflections operates under the Triple Bottom Line mantra delivering on social and environmental outcomes as well as economic. Environmental protection, conservation and ecological sustainability are principles that guide the organisation as it ensures continued public use and enjoyment of all the Crown land parks and reserves it cares for.
What is Killalea Reserve?
Killalea Reserve is located just over an hour’s drive from Sydney between Shellharbour and Kiama on the South Coast of NSW. It comprises approximately 265 hectares of natural and modified landscapes, and eight kilometres of undeveloped coastline including beaches, headlands, extensive wetlands, estuary mangroves, an offshore island and coastal rainforest remnants. The Reserve also offers two of the best beaches and surfing locations on the NSW South Coast including The Farm and Mystics, declared as a National Surfing Reserve.
Only a very small portion of Killalea Reserve's 265 hectares is utilised as a camping ground.
Why is the project happening?
Reflections was successful in securing an investment of $6,531,000 from the NSW Government through the Regional Growth, Environment and Tourism Fund (RGETF). The grant, plus a further contribution of $4,430,000 from Reflections Holiday Parks, will see almost $11 million invested into Killalea Reserve over the next 2 to 3 years. This is aimed at enhancing facilities for the local community, provide more guest accommodation and contribute to the regional economy.
Why enhance Killalea Reserve?
The natural beauty of Killalea has long attracted domestic and international visitors to NSW. Current visitor information indicated that:
An average of 16,000 vehicle enter Killalea Reserve per month
An average of 28,800 visitors go to Killalea Reserve per month
High visitation rates place significant pressure on the current physical infrastructure and general park environment. Enhancing the Killalea Reserve will ensure the park remains sustainable for all. The project will also respect important natural features including flora, fauna, view corridors and natural environment and Aboriginal cultural heritage.
What are the proposed enhancements?
Planned enhancements at Killalea Reserve include:
A multifunction facility with restaurant/café, outdoor deck and natural amphitheatre for events and cultural activities
15 environmentally sustainable eco-cabins adhering to Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles where the natural environment is the focus
53 enhanced camping sites with power, potable water and sewer services
Recreational and fitness facilities including outdoor fitness stations, new and enhanced guided walking trails and a nature-play playground
Locations, design and approval on an alternate access road
Which part of Killalea Reserve is being upgraded?
Most of Killalea Reserve is in fact being left as it is and is not being touched at all.
Killalea Reserve includes 265 hectares of pristine coastal land. Enhancements, as part of the project, will have very minimal impact on the total footprint of the Reserve. In fact, less than 2% of the reserve will be affected by any built infrastructure.
A desktop analysis of the key environmental factors was undertaken and included mapping the following:
Aboriginal heritage sites
Types of plant communities
Ecological Endangered Communities
Areas of weeds and acacia regrowth
Key elements of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018 including coastal wetlands, littoral rainforests and coastal land uses.
Following the preliminary environmental assessment, 'highly-sensitive areas' were identified.
A map of Killalea Reserve, indicating the investigation area for the potential location of facilities, can be found in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this website. It is important to note that all of the areas in pink on this map are designated as 'high sensitivity areas' and will not be a part of this project due to wetlands, ecologically endangered communities and view corridors to the ridgeline from the beaches. No buildings will be constructed in high sensitivity areas. Enhancements to walking trails may be included within high sensitivity areas. However this will be guided by thorough environmental investigations.
How much will it cost?
It is expected the total project will cost approximately $11 million. The funds for the project are a combined NSW Government Grant and contribution from Reflections Holiday Parks.
Who will benefit?
The project will benefit the local community and anyone else who uses Killalea Reserve by providing improved amenities, recreational space which can be utilised by all.
The income stream raised from new facilities, including the multifunction centre and eco-cabins, goes directly back into the environmental management of the reserve.
How will my feedback be used and what will happen next?
All feedback received during this early consultation stage will provide us with a greater understanding of what the community values about Killalea Reserve and will help inform the concept plan for the reserve.
In March 2020, we will engage with key stakeholders and community groups to seek detailed feedback on the enhancement project and proposed location of facilities. Following community engagement, the next stage will involve planning, environmental and heritage assessments and detailed design.
What about construction and how long will the upgrade take?
The project is in the very early stages and progress is dependent on many factors including:
Once construction commences, it will be staged with various elements occurring at different times. To minimise impact on the site, this could take up to two years to complete.