Rural Tourism Policy

This public exhibtion has concluded and the opportunity to make submissions has closed.

Wingecarribee Shire Council is seeking comment about a draft Rural Tourism Policy.

The draft policy clarifies what tourism activities are currently permissible in the Shire’s rural areas as well as proposing a mechanism for determining where and when E3 Environmental Management zoned land will be considered for rezoning to SP3 Tourist.

The purpose of this draft policy is to provide a strategic framework within which tourism, agriculture and our Shire’s unique environmental sensitivities can all mutually coexist.

One of the key recommendations of the draft policy is to permit ‘Artisan food and drink industry’ with consent in Primary Production, Rural Landscape and Tourist designated land use areas across the Shire.

Basically, we’re investigating ways in which we can provide more opportunities for appropriate agri-businesses in rural areas. At the same time we want to ensure we maintain the right balance with our residents, environment and unique heritage areas.

The exhibition period will remain open for three months. During this time Council will organise information sessions with tourism stakeholders and other interested parties - see News Item below.

Submissions and feedback close at 4.30pm on Friday 1 March 2019.

Following the close of the exhibition period, a final report considering submissions will be presented to Council.


Council also resolved that the following draft amendments to WLEP 2010 be included with the exhibition of the draft Rural Tourism Policy:

a) increase the maximum number of bedrooms in farm stay accommodation from three (3) to five (5), and

b) permit Artisan food and drink industry with consent in the following zones:

  1. RU1 Primary Production,
  2. RU2 Rural Landscape,
  3. RU4 Primary Production Small Lots, and
  4. SP3 Tourist

c) exclude Function Centres in the E3 Environmental Management zone from the operation of Clause 2.8 Temporary Use of Land.


STAY INFORMED AND LEARN MORE: Subscribe to project updates so we can keep you informed.

For further information contact Council’s Strategic Planning Unit on phone 4868 0888.

READ THE DRAFT DOCUMENTS: The draft Rural Tourism Policy and documentation may be viewed in the Document Library, at the Civic Centre and libraries.

MAKE A SUBMISSION: Written submissions may be completed online below, hand delivered to the Civic Centre, emailed to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au, or posted to Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141 Moss Vale NSW 2577. All submissions must quote file reference 1900/1 and be received by Council before 4.30pm on Friday 1 March 2018.

Wingecarribee Shire Council is seeking comment about a draft Rural Tourism Policy.

The draft policy clarifies what tourism activities are currently permissible in the Shire’s rural areas as well as proposing a mechanism for determining where and when E3 Environmental Management zoned land will be considered for rezoning to SP3 Tourist.

The purpose of this draft policy is to provide a strategic framework within which tourism, agriculture and our Shire’s unique environmental sensitivities can all mutually coexist.

One of the key recommendations of the draft policy is to permit ‘Artisan food and drink industry’ with consent in Primary Production, Rural Landscape and Tourist designated land use areas across the Shire.

Basically, we’re investigating ways in which we can provide more opportunities for appropriate agri-businesses in rural areas. At the same time we want to ensure we maintain the right balance with our residents, environment and unique heritage areas.

The exhibition period will remain open for three months. During this time Council will organise information sessions with tourism stakeholders and other interested parties - see News Item below.

Submissions and feedback close at 4.30pm on Friday 1 March 2019.

Following the close of the exhibition period, a final report considering submissions will be presented to Council.


Council also resolved that the following draft amendments to WLEP 2010 be included with the exhibition of the draft Rural Tourism Policy:

a) increase the maximum number of bedrooms in farm stay accommodation from three (3) to five (5), and

b) permit Artisan food and drink industry with consent in the following zones:

  1. RU1 Primary Production,
  2. RU2 Rural Landscape,
  3. RU4 Primary Production Small Lots, and
  4. SP3 Tourist

c) exclude Function Centres in the E3 Environmental Management zone from the operation of Clause 2.8 Temporary Use of Land.


STAY INFORMED AND LEARN MORE: Subscribe to project updates so we can keep you informed.

For further information contact Council’s Strategic Planning Unit on phone 4868 0888.

READ THE DRAFT DOCUMENTS: The draft Rural Tourism Policy and documentation may be viewed in the Document Library, at the Civic Centre and libraries.

MAKE A SUBMISSION: Written submissions may be completed online below, hand delivered to the Civic Centre, emailed to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au, or posted to Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141 Moss Vale NSW 2577. All submissions must quote file reference 1900/1 and be received by Council before 4.30pm on Friday 1 March 2018.

  • CLOSED: The opportunity to make a submission about the Rural Tourism Policy concluded at 1pm Monday 4 March 2019.

    Please review the relevant planning proposal or policy before providing your feedback. All proposals can be viewed at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/whats-on-public-exhibition.

    The content of submissions may be made public in Council reports and read by third parties. Personal details will be removed.

    Please review the relevant planning proposal or policy before providing your feedback. All proposals can be viewed at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/whats-on-public-exhibition.

    The content of submissions may be made public in Council reports and read by third parties. Personal details will be removed.

    This public exhibtion has concluded and the opportunity to make submissions has closed.