Leura Cascades Precinct Plan

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* COMMUNITY CONSULTATION ON THE PRE-DESIGNS (SCOPING)
FOR THIS PRECINCT HAS NOW CLOSED *

THANK YOU for taking the time and effort to make a submission and share your thoughts. The project team will consider all community and stakeholder feedback to inform the Concept Designs, which is the next stage in developing the Precinct Plan. Council will consult with stakeholders and the community on the Draft Concept Designs, at a date yet to be determined. Keep an eye on this page for updates.


Council is creating a plan for the Leura Cascades precinct to guide future upgrades that are needed to improve safety, access, and the visitor experience for everyone - residents and visitors alike.

For this project, the Leura Cascades precinct includes Carrington Park and Solitary Restaurant (see map here).

How to navigate this web page: Information about this project is provided directly below. Scroll down past the photo to find the News Feed (updates on this project) and the Feedback Form. For documents, FAQs and photos go to the right hand side of this web page.

The closing date for community comment has been extended until Sunday 29 January 2023.

The Leura Cascades precinct is located within the Country of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples. We recognise that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country and this is of great significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region.


Background

The Leura Cascades precinct is one of six precincts along the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment that are popular places for residents and a major destination for visitors (see map here).

The Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment is the area that extends along the southern edge of the plateau from Wentworth Falls to West Katoomba.

Council is progressively developing plans for each of these precincts.

Find out more about the Southern Escarpment Masterplan here.


About the Leura Cascades Precinct Plan

There is a need to upgrade the precinct to protect the environmental and cultural values of the site, meet current and future demand, improve the experience of both residents and visitors, meet current safety and accessibility standards, improve residential amenity, and support local economic development.

Having a plan for the precinct means that Council can:

  • coordinate and prioritise the upgrade of infrastructure for nature-based recreation – for residents and visitors – for example, walking tracks, parking, access
  • determine the location, scale and standard for the upgrades
  • be well-positioned for grant funding opportunities

What is being considered in this precinct plan?

  • renewal and replacement of things like public toilets, picnic facilities, and play equipment
  • upgrades to walking tracks and connections between tracks
  • car parking arrangements on the site and surrounds
  • the feasibility of an accessible path connecting the upper and lower areas of the reserve
  • vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle access and circulation, within Leura Cascades reserve and the section of Cliff Drive near Solitary Restaurant & Carrington Park

It is important to note that Council is not looking to change the role of Leura Cascades or Carrington Park as public spaces and access points to walking tracks. The purpose of the proposed upgrade is outlined above.


Community Engagement

Community engagement on the development of the Leura Cascades Precinct Plan has five phases.

Phase 1 - Preliminary Design (scoping): community and stakeholder consultation to identify insights, issues, and ideas to inform the development of draft concept designs.

Phase 2 – Draft Concept Design: community and stakeholder consultation to see if we got the balance right after considering community and stakeholder feedback as well as other influencing factors including, policy, planning, legal, technical, compliance requirements.

Phase 3 – Final Concept Design: presented to the elected Council for endorsement to place on public exhibition. The report will include a summary of the consultation and submissions and indicate how community and stakeholder feedback was considered and / or incorporated.

Phase 4 – Draft Precinct Plan: with the Final Concept Designs is presented to the elected Council for adoption as the final Precinct Plan. Members of the public can address the Council Meeting. Community and stakeholders notified of the decision of the elected Council.

Phase 5 - Community and stakeholders notified of the completion of the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment Masterplan – the ‘parent’ plan incorporating all precinct and locality plans.


Stay up-to-date

This webpage will be progressively updated throughout the life of the project.
To keep up-to-date on the Leura Cascades Precinct Plan, please subscribe for project updates on the right of this page.


Photo credit: Ian Brown

* COMMUNITY CONSULTATION ON THE PRE-DESIGNS (SCOPING)
FOR THIS PRECINCT HAS NOW CLOSED *

THANK YOU for taking the time and effort to make a submission and share your thoughts. The project team will consider all community and stakeholder feedback to inform the Concept Designs, which is the next stage in developing the Precinct Plan. Council will consult with stakeholders and the community on the Draft Concept Designs, at a date yet to be determined. Keep an eye on this page for updates.


Council is creating a plan for the Leura Cascades precinct to guide future upgrades that are needed to improve safety, access, and the visitor experience for everyone - residents and visitors alike.

For this project, the Leura Cascades precinct includes Carrington Park and Solitary Restaurant (see map here).

How to navigate this web page: Information about this project is provided directly below. Scroll down past the photo to find the News Feed (updates on this project) and the Feedback Form. For documents, FAQs and photos go to the right hand side of this web page.

The closing date for community comment has been extended until Sunday 29 January 2023.

The Leura Cascades precinct is located within the Country of the Dharug and Gundungurra peoples. We recognise that the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country and this is of great significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region.


Background

The Leura Cascades precinct is one of six precincts along the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment that are popular places for residents and a major destination for visitors (see map here).

The Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment is the area that extends along the southern edge of the plateau from Wentworth Falls to West Katoomba.

Council is progressively developing plans for each of these precincts.

Find out more about the Southern Escarpment Masterplan here.


About the Leura Cascades Precinct Plan

There is a need to upgrade the precinct to protect the environmental and cultural values of the site, meet current and future demand, improve the experience of both residents and visitors, meet current safety and accessibility standards, improve residential amenity, and support local economic development.

Having a plan for the precinct means that Council can:

  • coordinate and prioritise the upgrade of infrastructure for nature-based recreation – for residents and visitors – for example, walking tracks, parking, access
  • determine the location, scale and standard for the upgrades
  • be well-positioned for grant funding opportunities

What is being considered in this precinct plan?

  • renewal and replacement of things like public toilets, picnic facilities, and play equipment
  • upgrades to walking tracks and connections between tracks
  • car parking arrangements on the site and surrounds
  • the feasibility of an accessible path connecting the upper and lower areas of the reserve
  • vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle access and circulation, within Leura Cascades reserve and the section of Cliff Drive near Solitary Restaurant & Carrington Park

It is important to note that Council is not looking to change the role of Leura Cascades or Carrington Park as public spaces and access points to walking tracks. The purpose of the proposed upgrade is outlined above.


Community Engagement

Community engagement on the development of the Leura Cascades Precinct Plan has five phases.

Phase 1 - Preliminary Design (scoping): community and stakeholder consultation to identify insights, issues, and ideas to inform the development of draft concept designs.

Phase 2 – Draft Concept Design: community and stakeholder consultation to see if we got the balance right after considering community and stakeholder feedback as well as other influencing factors including, policy, planning, legal, technical, compliance requirements.

Phase 3 – Final Concept Design: presented to the elected Council for endorsement to place on public exhibition. The report will include a summary of the consultation and submissions and indicate how community and stakeholder feedback was considered and / or incorporated.

Phase 4 – Draft Precinct Plan: with the Final Concept Designs is presented to the elected Council for adoption as the final Precinct Plan. Members of the public can address the Council Meeting. Community and stakeholders notified of the decision of the elected Council.

Phase 5 - Community and stakeholders notified of the completion of the Blue Mountains Southern Escarpment Masterplan – the ‘parent’ plan incorporating all precinct and locality plans.


Stay up-to-date

This webpage will be progressively updated throughout the life of the project.
To keep up-to-date on the Leura Cascades Precinct Plan, please subscribe for project updates on the right of this page.


Photo credit: Ian Brown

  • Consultation on Pre-designs closed - Thank you for your feedback

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    * COMMUNITY CONSULTATION ON THE PRE-DESIGNS (SCOPING)
    FOR THE PRECINCT HAS NOW CLOSED *

    THANK YOU for taking the time and effort to make a submission and share your thoughts. The project team will consider all community and stakeholder feedback to inform the Concept Designs, which is the next stage in developing the Precinct Plan. Council will consult with stakeholders and the community on the Concept Designs, at a date yet to be determined. Keep an eye on this page for updates.


Page last updated: 30 Jan 2023, 07:14 PM