Community members were invited to share their values, stories and aspirations associated with the Mangrove Creek Dam picnic area, lookout and surrounds to influence the design of the new Visitor Space.
Featuring a new amenities building, an improved picnic area and educational elements, the new Visitor Space will replace the original facilities destroyed in the 2019 Three Mile Fire.
Central Coast Council has received $2.567million from the NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund to create a Visitor Space that encourages both locals and tourists to spend more time enjoying this beautiful area and support local businesses.
Key features of the concept design for the new visitor space include:
- new amenities block
- new overhanging viewing platforms on two levels
- commemorative plaque
- proposed two level viewing platform at significant survey pillar and rock outcrop
- new picnic table shelters, bins and bench seating throughout
- edged new gravel and concrete pathways intersect and link the extents of the subject site and provide disabled access
- new soft native landscaping to car park and surrounding areas
- new plaques at pathway intersections and areas of interest containing directions, historical, natural and cultural facts/information
- new bitumen car park area and access roads
- existing trees and natural features to be retained where possible
- new shelters to existing and new BBQ areas
- pathway access to significant historic Stone Culvert
- new road access and parallel bus parking
- existing picnic areas to be refurbished with new low maintenance ground finish
- new pergola shelters provide weather protection and signpost the pathway circulation through the site
- new children’s nature play space
- new adjacent picnic and BBQ area
- opportunity for mural to be featured.
Council wanted to hear from the community on how to best represent the significance of this site, which is home to a critical piece of our region’s water supply network and has a rich Indigenous and agriculture history.
Have your say
The community were invited to share their ideas, feedback and stories which will be used to guide the concept design for the Mangrove Creek Dam picnic area and lookout by:
- Reading the frequently asked questions (available below)
- Viewing the interactive map and explore the suggested concept designs, comment on proposed features and highlight points of interest that are important to you (comments are now closed but you an still explore the interactive map).
Feedback was accepted between 1 February and 11 March 2022.
Where is the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space to be located?
The Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space will be located at the picnic area, adjacent to the upper viewing platform.
Why is Council preparing a concept design for the Visitor Space?
Council is requesting the communities input in preparing the final concept design for the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space to ensure that the space delivered is reflective of the community’s aspirations for this significant site.
What benefits will the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space deliver once complete?
The proposed project will rebuild the amenities building destroyed by the 2019-20 bushfires and improve the picnic area and educational facilities – providing a Visitor Space.
The revitalisation of the Visitor Space will also enhance linkages with other tourism offerings on the Central Coast.
How is the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space being funded?
As a result of the destruction of the site following the 2019 Three Mile Fire Central Coast Council has received $2.567million from the NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund to create a Visitor Space that encourages both locals and tourists to spend more time enjoying this beautiful area and supporting local businesses.
How was this site affected by the Three Mile Fire?
The Three Mile Fire completely destroyed the Mangrove Creek Dam picnic area including the amenities building, fencing and information display boards. The loss of this Council asset has required the area to be closed to the public for approximately one year. Portable toilets have been set-up at the site to enable some form of public visitation.
How can I have my say on the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space concept plans?
Between 1 February and 11 March 2022, Council encouraged the community to have their say on the draft concept plans which present an overall layout for the site and provide information on key inclusions such as amenities block, visitor centre with overhanging viewing platforms on two levels, BBQs, picnic tables and seating as well as the potential for a nature-based children’s playspace.
What are the next steps for the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space?
Following the concept plan consultation period, Council will use the information collected to inform the finalisation of the concept plan.
The final concept plan will be made available on this page and Council will commence construction.
It is estimated that construction will be completed by 30 June 2023, weather permitting.
Where can I find out more information on the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space?
For more information on the development of the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space concept plans you can:
- view the information available on this page
- contact us using the information listed in the “Who’s listening” widget.