Why is a Masterplan needed?

Masterplans are visionary and intended to explore the possibilities of sites in order to develop and protect them in the most appropriate manner for each particular location. The Bong Bong Common Draft Masterplan is a vision for the Bong Bong Common and provides guidance for Council on future provision, development and maintenance of this unique open space area.

The Draft Masterplan creates connectivity between the eastern and western sides of the Common and provides opportunities for visitors to learn the history of the Aboriginal heritage, details of the first European settlement and to walk along the original old Argyle Road.


What are the benefits of having an updated Masterplan for Bong Bong Common?

The Bong Bong Common Masterplan, when adopted, will:

  • provide a consistent management framework to enhance the sustainable future of Council’s public recreation assets.
  • promote Council’s capacity to provide improved recreational space and will both protect and enhance the heritage values of the site.
  • provide an exciting cultural opportunity with respect to appreciating the area’s history for both local residents and visitors.
  • be a valuable planning tool which puts Council in a good place for grant funding applications as well as providing guidance for the capital works program. 

Is the Bong Bong Common Plan of Management still valid?

Yes. The Bong Bong Common Plan of Management still applies and while it does include a Masterplan, Council’s acquisition in 2017 of Lot 22 on the eastern side of Moss Vale Road, prompted a review of that portion. 

This recommendation to renew the Masterplan was made by Council staff and the Bong Bong Common Management Committee.

What are the budget implications of the Masterplan?

The Draft Masterplan identifies several stages of works. It will be a valuable planning tool which provides input into Council’s 10-year capital works program. The development of detailed designs would also afford an opportunity to apply for grant funding.

Who has been consulted about the plan?

  • The Bong Bong Common Management Committee has been extensively consulted. Committee members include Aero Club, heritage and nature enthusiasts. Three Committee members formed part of a Project Working Group.
  • National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) were consulted with a particular emphasis on the connectivity of the Bong Bong Common with the adjoining Cecil Hoskins Reserve. NPWS were positive about the interaction of the two sites but highlighted the need to protect the Reserve including prevention of dogs from entering their site.
  • A Project Working Group was formed consisting of Bong Bong Management Committee Members and Council staff. Assets, Heritage, Traffic, Infrastructure Services, Environment & Sustainability and Executive staff have also been consulted in the development of the Bong Bong Common Draft Masterplan.

Feedback from all parties has been considered and incorporated into the Draft Masterplan where appropriate.

What’s the timeframe for the Masterplan to be implemented in stages or its entirety?

The Draft Masterplan identifies several stages of works. The Masterplan will be a valuable planning tool as an input into Council’s 10-year capital works program. The development of detailed designs would afford an opportunity to apply for grant funding.

Where can I learn more about the history of Bong Bong Common?

PD Morton of Berrima District Historical & Family History Society recently compiled a 2-part series of information which was printed in the Southern Highland News on 14 March and 25 March 2019.

Information can also be found in: