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Chance to be involved in future of Tomaree Lodge site

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Residents will soon have an opportunity to play a major role in the use of the Tomaree Lodge site moving forward.

The NSW Government is establishing a Community Engagement Committee (CEC) in the coming weeks, with a call for members of the public to join via an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Following an initial high-level consultation, and more recent engagement activities, the move’s slated to ensure the popular Port Stephens locale is retained for community use and communal enjoyment.

Tomaree Lodge boasts great heritage and cultural significance, and any decisions made on its future must be carefully considered and preserve the site’s integrity, as well as protect the adjacent marine and national park.

The CEC will focus on strengthening community involvement and will help guarantee local voices are represented in the ongoing planning of it.

“This site is an incredible piece of Port Stephens,” local MP Kate Washington said.

“So, I know how deeply the local community cares about its future.”

Improvements have been identified by the Department of Communities and Justice, following a recent site visit with stakeholders, including the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Tomaree Headland Heritage Group, the University of Newcastle, Port Stephens Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Immediate initiatives include:

  • New signage to improve wayfinding for people accessing the numerous walking trails
  • Improving community access and amenity, including the installation of two beach showers
  • A vibrant new mural at the entrance of the site to welcome visitors
  • Improving information on site, including sharing the history of this unique location
  • Identifying areas that may be used for key community events
  • Investigating the potential to open up access to parking on site

“These immediate improvements will mean that local families and visitors can enjoy better access to amenities when they visit the Tomaree Headland,” Ms Washington said.

“We are committed to working with stakeholders regarding the future use of this significant site and we are ensuring that the community is involved throughout the process by having members of the public join the new Community Engagement Committee.

“There are so many exciting opportunities ahead for the Tomaree Lodge site.

“So, I am looking forward to working with our community to ensure we realise the full potential of this special site. “By working together, we will ensure everyone continues to appreciate and enjoy this spectacular destination.”

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