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Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour Master Plan

In consultation with the local community, the Department of Industry - Lands & Forestry (DPI-Lands) is developing a new Master Plan for the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour precinct. This project is funded and resourced jointly by Transport for NSW and DPI-Lands. The project is being managed by DPI-Lands who have engaged Ardill Payne & Partners as principal consultants to undertake the project work.

Project area

Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour is managed by DPI-Lands and located on Crown Land (Lot 1 DP 811063) shown outlined in blue in the aerial photo below. The project area, which includes the Council boat ramp, parking and access roads, is shown shaded in red.

Why is a Master Plan needed?

Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour is a small but very popular boat harbour that has evolved over many years in an ad hoc way. The, boat ramp, parking and other facilities in the boat harbour are very basic, a bit “tired” and don’t meet current needs or environmental and engineering standards. Appropriate investment from private and public sector is needed to replace obsolete infrastructure, resolve complex issues and competing interests. A master planning process is the best way to resolve these issues and encourage appropriate investment in better infrastructure.

What will the planning process deliver?

The main focus of the project is to revitalise the boat harbour and encourage the private and public sector to invest in delivering better boating safety, access and infrastructure, whilst respecting the desire of the local community to ensure that Brunswick Heads remains a small unspoilt coastal village where “Simple Pleasures” can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

The master planning process will:

  1. Identify three options for an improved boat launching and retrieval system for small boats including parking, access, circulation and related facilities.
  2. Identify a boat retrieval and launching system for large moored vessels.
  3. Provide specification and costing for construction of preferred small boat launching and retrieval layout.
  4. Provide a planning approval pathway for construction of preferred small boat launching and retrieval layout.
  5. Prepare a marina layout showing stages for construction.
  6. Provide a specification and costing for construction of stage 1 floating marina.
  7. Prepare concept layout/s and urban design for appropriate use of Fish Co-op land and adjoining Crown land.
  8. Prepare a Planning Proposal for the Project Area.

How will the Master Plan be prepared?

Preparing an effective Master Plan involves a lot of technical assessments and design work by skilled professionals including engineers, architects, urban designers, planners and ecologists, supported by the input of the community for whom they are planning the boat harbour. The success of the project will depend on key stakeholders (those most directly affected by planning decisions) and the broader community providing their input throughout the planning process which includes the following components:

  • Initial consultation and project inception
  • Site investigation and information gathering
  • Identify and talk with key stakeholders individually
  • Share information about key issues, concerns and requirements (Workshop 1)
  • Develop options for small and large boat retrieval and site layout
  • Present options and seek feedback from key stakeholders (Workshop 2)
  • Collate information from Workshop 2 and prepare reports on options and issues
  • Seek input from the broader community by posting reports on a public web page and encouraging feedback, including through an online “Have Your Say” survey
  • Collate and analyse feedback from the broader community
  • Identify the preferred options,
  • Develop and apply a multi-variate analysis tools to evaluate the preferred options
  • Present the preferred options and analysis to key stakeholders (Workshop 3)
  • Collate and analyse feedback from Workshop 3
  • Prepare the detailed designs and costings
  • Post reports on public web-page and set up a survey so the broader community can rate options and provide final comment.
  • Collate and analyse feedback from the community survey
  • Finalise reports and present recommendations to key stakeholders (Workshop 4)
  • Collate and analyse feedback from Workshop 4
  • Finalise reports and submit recommendations for approval
  • Announce approvals and post final reports on the public website

Who is involved in the planning process?

A wide range of organisations and community groups are involved in the project including.

  • Transport for NSW (Project Funding)
  • DPI Crown Lands (Project Management)
  • Ardill Payne & Partners (Principal Consultants)
  • Department of Premier & Cabinet
  • NSW Environment
  • Cape Byron Marine Park
  • NSW Business
  • Byron Shire Council
  • Byron Brunswick Fishermen’s Cooperative
  • Whistle Investments (Incoming Coop owners)
  • NSW Marine Rescue
  • College of Marine Studies
  • Brunswick Angling & Deep Sea Fishing Club
  • Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Visitor Centre and Tourism Group
  • Brunswick Police & Community Liaison Group
  • Brunswick Rotary Club
  • Brunswick Cruising Yacht Association Inc.
  • NSW Marine Parks Authority
  • Byron Bay Deep Sea Fishing Club
  • Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club
  • Byron Bay Surf Club
  • Transport for NSW – RMS – Boating Safety
  • NSW Fire and Rescue
  • Brunswick Heads Progress Association

Many of these organisations and community groups have had a long term association with the DPI Lands in the day-to-day management of the boat harbour and have already made significant contributions to the planning process.

Where can I find information about the project?

You may download copies of the Consultants reports and records of Workshops here:

Survey results

The recent 'Have Your Say' survey has closed.  Many thanks to the many community members who responded online, by post and by email.  The responses are now being analysed by consultants.  All responses and the analysis will be posted on this webpage with respondents names and contact details removed.  Analysis will take some time as many of the responses were very detailed.  All project stakeholders and respondents who provided an email address will be advised by email when this material is available.

Project officer contact details:

Jacqui Parry | Senior Property Development Project Officer

Telephone: 02 66 919 615


Postal Address PO Box 4291, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450

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