The recent  one hour bus tour with Council Directors, GeneralManger, Mayor and Councillors was an excellent opportunity to bring to the attention of Council a number of issues in the best way possible. This was a great opportunity to have those who make decisions or have managerial and operational responsibility see sites and issues for themselves, just as the town walk last year helped ensure the Street scape was to be completed in one continuous stage.

Below this notice is a link to the booklet Forum presented to all the tourists at the end of the tour.


MURALS – Proposed Community Project – Town Centre Revitalisation. Forum announced to Council that Forum is in the process of writing a proposal and applying for a grant for a community hands-on project to further enhance the town centre. Murals with the theme our history, our heritage are to be installed along the metal fence bounding the Peace Park and the bakery. It is envisioned that this project will be under the guidance and advice of recognised local artists, individuals experienced in this type of artistic project and realised through the assistance and work, in kind, by local schools, clubs and groups.

STREETSCAPE – the need to have the excellent paving in Jacobs Drive to continue through driveways to complete the excellent works in the manner that the Community expects.

CINEMA – It was requested that Council consider repainting of this Council property to further revitalise the town centre.

SUSSEX BEACH– The total vegetative obstruction of the iconic view of coastline from the public lookout at Sussex (Cudmirrah) Beach  at the Surf Club was experienced by the tourists and the inability to view the beach to the right from the platform/ lookout position is a concern to the community with tourism the mainstay of our economy and so was brought to the attention of Council.

DOGS OFF LEASH CAMPAIGN – SUSSEX/CUDMIRRAH BEACH -The stretch of Cudmirrah Beach identified in the Community’s Proposed Unlimited Dogs Off Leash Beach area trial was shown from Sussex Beach. Forum has long lobbied Council for an off leash area on the beach and supported the Red Bandanna Dogs who took up the banner.

On 26th June, 2018, The Red Bandanna Dogs Campaign, a motion to Council by Deputy Mayor, Patricia White and the supporting vote of a majority of Councillors has successfully resulted in a trial to be undertaken on a section of the beach. The timing of the trial is yet to be announced.

CUDMIRRAH and BERRARA – LOOKOUTS and RESERVES – The Council tourists were taken to the headland lookouts and enjoyed the magnificent views and watching the whale that appeared – on cue-at Third Avenue Lookout. The general amenity of the reserves, and construction, safety and maintenance of the lookouts were inspected.

ACCESS FOR ALL – the suitability for, and the possibility of, Third Avenue Reserve to be developed and upgraded to be not only beach access and a Whale Watching Lookout or viewing platform, but an inclusive passive recreation, picnic and playground reserve , accessible to all was presented to the Council.

ALL THIS IN JUST ONE HOUR ! – so we presented all the Council tourists with a booklet to remind them of the tour. A link to the document follows:

Cover Page Council Tour 15.6.18          SUSSEX Tour June 2018 -Summary 

– Footpaths, Cycle ways and Shared Pathways Sussex Inlet & District 2018 now lodged with Council

Link to Document below

This draft document is a result of the Sussex Inlet & Districts Strategic Action Plan 2015-2030 recognising the need for an improved network of shared pathways to better link the district.

The Action Plan identified that with an ageing population needing better and safer access to services and amenity, particularly for those using mobility scooters and wheel chairs, as well as improved safety and access to school for students and parents on foot.

Consistent with Government and Council belief, The Action Plan also identified the integration and connection of a cycling network will lead to the creation of safe and accessible travel routes that will improve the liveability, sustainability and tourism [potential of the district while in turn encourage people of all ages to use bikes for everyday transport and enjoyment.

Take time to read and consider the document.

The document was  the main Agenda item at the  Monday 20 August  Forum meeting. At this and further meetings the document was reviewed and updated. The posted document has now been lodged with Shoalhaven City Council, relevant Department and staff for their reference. The document is a living document and as such will be reviewed and added to as required through consultation with Council and the Community

To access  document and plans click this link.

Footpaths Cycleways DocumentV4


The shared pathway being constructed by the Sussex Rise Developer looks great- our Sussex Seabridge.

When completed this will be another safe link creating connectivity for our community.

The pathway between Hastings Street in Sussex Rise and Seaberry Street will lead onto Thomson Street Complex pathway, the pool, the school and beyond.

 Pathway Under Construction

Streetscape Update- Revitalising Sussex Inlet- Council Newsfeed Item 14/2/18

Shoalhaven City Council will shortly commence works to revitalise the streetscape along Jacobs drive, Sussex Inlet.

Mayor Amanda Findley said the $875,000 project was long overdue and the village had not seen improvements since the early 1980’s.

“I am delighted that this project is underway as the Sussex Inlet street scaping project is a key priority for this village,” Cl Findley said.

“Designs for the street scaping project were developed in conjunction with the residents over a period of months in 2017 and it’s wonderful to see work underway.”

“The Sussex Inlet Community Forum and Business Chamber have been a significant driving force during the consultation period and deserve congratulations for working closely with Council staff in finding the right solution.”

“The street scaping works will see new trees, new benches and new bins installed along Jacobs Drive.”

“The revitalisation of the main street will see many long term benefits for both business owners and the community who who visit this vibrant community precinct.

“Traffic and pedestrians will be affected from approximately 159 Jacobs Drive to 209 Jacobs Drive, near the foreshore.”

Council and the contractor will do their best to minimise inconvenience to the community during construction and appreciate the community’s patience during this time.Work will officially commence on Monday 19th February and are set to be completed by te end of June, weather permitting.