Tathra Wharf and Headland Precinct Plan

The development of the Tathra wharf and headland precinct plan to inform future upgrade works at Tathra headland.


Project Summary/background

Currently out for public consultation – Have Your Say

Under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program, Bega Valley Shire Council was awarded $7.81 million (including GST) to contribute towards the wharf restoration, upgrade of the Tathra Wharf and Headland precinct.

The project will be completed in two separate portions:

  • the restoration of the wharf structure and building, including the replacement of piles, girders and decking, consistent with Heritage NSW requirements; and
  • the development of a precinct plan for the Tathra Headland to improve the traffic, cycle and pedestrian circulation, connectivity and wayfinding at wharf and headland.

Purpose

Tathra headland is a popular place offering a range of activities, including fishing, scuba diving, Tathra wharf & museum, memorial gardens, Tathra Hotel, and access to the Wharf to Wharf walking track. Tathra wharf and the adjacent reserve at the headland are listed on the National Trust and Australian Heritage Commission registers.

Poor road layout and vehicle priority dominate the place, and there is poor pedestrian safety and no dedicated path linking the key destinations. The traffic circulation is confusing, particularly at the intersections. A poorly located parking lot at the end of Service Lane is a visual eyesore. There is inadequate wayfinding, and visitors have no awareness of their surroundings, often driving to the wharf and back to the memorial park before realising they could have walked.

In December 2021, Council developed a draft precinct plan for the Tathra headland and released it for public consultation. Support for the plan was divided, with 42% showing no support, 34% showing support in part, and 24% supportive of the plan in its entirety.

A listening report summarised critical insights from the public consultation. Council used this information to inform a revised draft precinct plan. The main themes were to retain parking on Wharf Road, consider how the headland will link to lower Tathra, and maintain the headland's informality and coastal charm. 

The scaled-back plan improves pedestrian movement by providing a shared path, road crossings, and wayfinding. Wharf Road remains open to cars. Parking is retained along one side – allowing the other side closest to the ocean views to act as a shared zone for cars and pedestrians. The intersections at Cliff Place, Bega Street, and Wharf Road are improved. The parking lot is removed, enhancing the visual amenity and improving the junction between Service Lane and Bega Street. Parking along Bega Street connects to a shared pathway connecting people to destinations easily. Accessible parking spots are placed at the wharf, memorial park, Tathra Hotel, and Beach Street shops and link directly to the path network.  

Council has released the revised precinct plan for public consultation.

Funding

Bega Valley Shire Council has received $7.81 million (including GST) grant funding from the NSW Government’s Stimulus Package to support regional economies to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.  A small portion of this funding was allocated to the development of a precinct plan.

Connection to Council's Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Program

This project is identified in the Community Strategic Plan under:

  • Goal 1: We are co-operative, caring and enjoy a culturally rich community life.
    • Strategy 2: Respect and promote our cultural heritage and support cultural diversity.
      • Progress Measures - Infrastructure Milestones - Tathra Wharf Structure

The project is identified in the Delivery Program 2017-2022 under:

  • 5.10.11 Manage the delivery of major transport infrastructure
    • 5.10.11.2 Deliver the upgrade of Tathra Wharf

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Who can I speak to:

Amelia Souter
Project Manager
Bega Valley Shire Council
Phone: (02) 6499 2222
Email: asouter@begavalley.nsw.gov.au

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