Flourishing Shoalhaven Communities

Council is talking with community members throughout the Shoalhaven to improve understanding of what our communities need to thrive, and for everyone to have a good life in the Shoalhaven.

We are talking to people in the Manyana/Bendalong area about social needs and the barriers they see in your community, and what opportunities they see to address them. We are asking for your thoughts, ideas and information.

The Flourishing Shoalhaven communities survey is open on Council’s Get involved page now ……

We will use this information to produce a report that describes the findings for your community. These reports will be available to community members and groups to support the development of community-led actions, including providing information that can be used for grant applications to help people in the Redhead Villages area to bring your ideas into reality.

Here is the Get Involved page URL https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/flourishing-shoalhaven-communities

And the survey link for the QR code https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/flourishing-shoalhaven-communities/survey_tools/flourishing-shoalhaven-communities

Recovery in to Resilience Project presentation postponed

Unfortunately the Recovery in to Resilience Project presentation by SCC on the Agenda for this Saturday’s General Meeting has been postponed due to illness. The SCC team extends apologies, and hopes to present at the next RHVA General Meeting on 8 October. In the meantime, they suggest that, if community members are interested in some additional background detail on the project, the recording of a Webinar in September 2021 may be of interest.

Please refer to the following link. https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/rrp/widgets/350941/videos/24979

Have your say. There is another Duplex DA at 6 Dune Cres Manyana

Submission Guide

6 Dune Crescent, Manyana – Lot 123 – DP 1248050Development Application

Application Reference Number: DA22/1524

Shoalhaven City Council is currently accepting submissions on a proposed new development for 6 Dune Crescent, Manyana. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Development Application and the submission process.

What is being proposed

The DA includes plans for a duplex/dual occupancy development including adjoining two-storey, four-bedroom townhouse style dwellings. With Torrens Title Subdivision.

Dwelling 1

• 4 bedrooms

• Open plan kitchen living and dining

• Cinema room

• 2 bathroom, ensuite and laundry

• Large alfresco area

• Single Garage

Dwelling 2

• 4 bedrooms

• Open plan kitchen living and dining

• Bathroom, Powder room, ensuite and laundry

• Large alfresco area

• Single Garage

Where can I see the plans:

Go to: http://www3.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/masterviewUI/modules/ApplicationMaster/Default.aspx

Enter the Application Reference Number in the search field (DA22/1524)

How do I make my submission?

Any person who feels they could be affected by the determination of this application can make a submission to Council about how they feel about the proposal.

You make a submission online using the link above. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Contact us about this application”.

When do submissions close?

Friday, July 1st – close of business.

Why is the RHVA concerned about this Development Application? (Please feel free to use these points in your submission using your own words)

• We feel the proposed development is not compatible with the surrounding environment and housing (which is primarily single storey and detached).

• The proposed dwelling does not adhere with the low-density residential zone requirements set out under the Local Environmental Plan (R2). 

• We are concerned that if allowed to proceed in its current form, this proposed development would set a precedent for inappropriate development across the five villages.

• With the potential to dramatically increase the size of our community, we feel the impacts of duplex and dual occupancy developments on water, sewage, amenities, local traffic and on-street parking have not been sufficiently modelled.

• We have significant safety concerns around bushfires and the capacity to evacuate a larger number of residents on Bendalong Road should more of these dual occupancy developments be allowed to go ahead. 

General Meeting Date Moved


The meeting at 3pm this Saturday 28th May at Yulunga Hall has been rescheduled to the following week; to 3pm Saturday 4th June 2022, at Yulunga Hall. 

Apologies for the short notice. We hope to see you there on the 4th

Your Forests need you

Once again we face the prospects of a disreputable native forest industry (FCNSW – Forestry Corporation NSW)  making a $20m loss last year and still wantonly destroying native habitat especially around Mogo and the southern parts of the Shoalhaven.

This was exactly why we, as a community some 23 yrs ago,  fought vigorously to having Conjola Forest  established as a National Park.

The horrible irony of all this is that FCNSW is owned by the State so tax payers are contributing, unwittingly, to the destruction of our remaining native forests which are yet to recover from the 2019 Currowan fire.

Enclosed is an article from the Bush Telegraph  for those who want to read some facts about forest decimation.


Also enclosed is an on-line petition,  which if it receives 20,000 signatures, Shelly Hancock has undertaken to represent the case in the Parliament.


Please note that the on-line petition requires the individual to tick the box that states that he/she is a NSW resident.

Flood Recovery and Support

For storm and flood emergency please contact SES 132 500 for help.

Please find some info regarding recovery support details within our community


If members of our community need Recovery Support as indicated on the attached information flyer, please call Council 130 293 111 …if community wish to speak with a Community Outreach Officer for guidance, could they please ask to be transferred to our Outreach Officers.

One thing to note this Outreach is for recovery ….all emergency enquiries should go through to SES 132 500

We encourage our flood affected community to seek the financial support and assistance that is available…details follow

Australian Red Cross $500 Relief Grant

Cash assistance is available for people who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of flood impact to their primary place of residence. To assess your eligibility and to apply

Red Cross Relief Grant

or call the Red Cross Grants team on 1800 733 276

Flood Disaster Relief

For community impacted by the recent flooding event, you may be eligible for disaster relief assistance and support from the Commonwealth and NSW Governments.

Support is available for:

·       Individuals and households

·       Primary producers

·       Businesses

·       Sport and recreation clubs

·       Not-for-profit organisations and churches


Service NSW – Flood Disaster Relief

Lake Conjola Management Plan

*** Message from Shoalhaven City Council about Lake Conjola Coastal Management Plan (CMP)***

You may have already seen that Shoalhaven City Council has booked in Community Workshops and Information Drop-in Sessions for the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP).

The Workshops will be run as round table discussions with community groups.

The Drop-in Sessions are designed for those who want to have a chat to the subject matter experts in the room on your specific issues, risks, and opportunities within Lake Conjola.

We will also be presenting on what we have been working on.

We will be running two sessions on April 4 and 5. Please note, you will need to register to attend workshops.

Information Drop-in sessions will be run immediately following the workshops where community members can discuss the CMP with Council – all are welcome, no registration is required.

Date: Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Where: Ulladulla Civic Centre, 81B Princes Hwy, Ulladulla

Time: Workshop 4:30-6:00pm (registration essential), Information Drop-In Session 6:30-7:30pm (no registration required – all welcome)

Date: Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Where: Lake Conjola Community Centre, Lake Conjola Entrance Road, Lake Conjola

Time: Workshop 4:30-6:00pm (registration essential), Information Drop-In Session 6:30-7:30pm (no registration required – all welcome)

Please complete the Registration Form to secure your place

Have your say

Submission Guide

13 The Bastion, Manyana – Lot 871 – DP 263106 Development Application

Application Reference Number: DA22/1281

Shoalhaven City Council is currently accepting submissions on a proposed new development for 13 The Bastion, Manyana. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Development Application and the submission process.

What is being proposed?

The DA includes plans for a duplex/dual occupancy development including adjoining two-storey, four-bedroom townhouse style dwellings. 

Where can I see the plans:

Go to: http://www3.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/masterviewUI/modules/ApplicationMaster/Default.aspx

Enter the Application Reference Number in the search field (DA22/1281)

How do I make my submission?

Any person who feels they could be affected by the determination of this application can make a submission to Council about how they feel about the proposal.

You make a submission online using the link above. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Contact us about this application”.

When do submissions close?

Monday, April 4 – close of business.

Why is the RHVA concerned about this Development Application? (Please feel free to use these points in your submission using your own words)

·      We feel the proposed development is not compatible with the surrounding environment and housing (which is primarily single storey and detached).

·      The proposed dwelling does not adhere with the low-density residential zone requirements set out under the Local Environmental Plan (R2). 

·      We are concerned that if allowed to proceed in its current form, this proposed development would set a precedent for inappropriate development across the five villages.

·      With the potential to dramatically increase the size of our community, we feel the impacts of duplex and dual occupancy developments on water, sewage, amenities, local traffic and on-street parking have not been sufficiently modelled.

·      We have significant safety concerns around bushfires and the capacity to evacuate a larger number of residents on Bendalong Road should more of these dual occupancy developments be allowed to go ahead. 

Your Invited

Shoalhaven City Council is hosting a special briefing webinar on the Development Application for the proposed development on Inyadda Drive – and all residents are invited.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday 16 March 2022 at 7pm.

Please follow the instructions below to get involved 👇

Cover letter – Respondents – SF10921

Your local area needs your help!


The RHVA has a number of concerns about a new proposal for the Inyadda Drive development in North Manyana, currently being considered by Shoalhaven Council.

There a number of obvious flaws to the proposal. The following submission guide has a list of the issues we have identified so far that could be included in your submission to Council.

GUIDE TO WRITING A SUBMISSION TO SHOALHAVEN COUNCIL- Inyadda Drive (aka ‘Kylor’) Development Application

IDPP Submission guide for web site

INYADDA DRIVE Development Application (SF19021) OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS until WED MARCH 9.

INYADDA DRIVE Development Application (SF19021) OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS until WED MARCH 9.

Your local area needs your help!

Council has received a new development application for the Inyadda Drive site, adjacent to Inyadda Beach and Curvers Drive – (aka North Manyana/Kylor). They are calling on the public to have their say on the development.

What you need to know:

The developer has now applied to develop the land into a housing estate comprising 100 x 2,000smq lots. This would mean clear felling a huge area of bushland (half of the 76ha total land) – some of which is classed as rare Endangered Ecology Communities because of the value of the species found in the area.

Read all the documentation on the new development application here – SF10921 _ Hit AGREE then search for SF10921


Previously the developer had submitted a planning proposal to Council to have the land rezoned. This planning proposal for rezoning has now been withdrawn. This new housing development application is in line with the area’s current zoning.

Last year, the developer sought approval from the Federal Environment Minister under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act. In August 2021, the project was declared a “CONTROLLED ACTION” because of the environmental implications of developing the land for housing. The developer is required to submit more information before a final decision is made by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

What you can do:

Have your say on the development by submitting your comments online here: http://www3.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/sccenqu…/daemail.aspx…

Submissions on the DA close at 5pm WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH.

In your submission, state clearly how you think the development will impact Manyana and the surrounding areas.

Talk about what the habitat loss would mean to you – such as the impact on the waterways and flora and fauna (including endangered hooded plovers that nest on Inyadda Beach and the Eastern Pygmy Possum.

Talk about the amenity of the development and what you think it would do to our area

Talk about the safety implications of more residents in the are

To help you with your submission, we’ll be providing a guide on the RHVA website very soon! We’ll post the link here.

Thanks for your support!

Manyana has been awarded $1 550 000 in grants

After two long years since the bushfires, I am pleased to announce that we have won funding for critical projects to support people across the South Coast impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Our communities have been through so much. These projects will help individual communities recover in their own way, making life that tiny bit easier — and importantly allowing recovery and healing.

I have been proud to have worked with many of you to develop grant proposals and ensure that local projects in the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla have been supported.  Not only will this critical funding help with recovery, but many projects will have long lasting benefits for generations to come.

I will always fight for our community to ensure people and organisations get the help they need.

Please see the successful Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants for the Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven below, along with the link to my speech in parliament today.   See my speech in parliament  

Projects awarded grants in the Eurobodalla region
Eurobodalla: Regenerate Regional Leadership Program – $461,563
The purchase and instalment of a PR Power Diesel Generator Set – $83,116
After the Fires Stage 2 – $31,442
Upgrade of the Moruya Showground Kitchen – $40,000
Regional Co-located Emergency Services Precinct – $200,000
Reconstruction of the SES Batemans Bay facility – $628,050
Moruya Showground Canteen Building Renewal – $902,000
Culturally safe resilience, wellbeing & psychological services – $293,724
Mogo Community Recreation Hub – $999,000
Tuross Valley Rebuild and Recovery Project – $796,218
Supporting Resilience & Well-being of Eurobodalla children – $1,452,966
Bushfire and Heatwave Refuge CWA Moruya – $82,486
Community Hub, Sports and Recreation Centre – $6,157,847 
Fiona Phillips, Member for Gilmore, with NSW Labor Leader Chris Minns and federal Labor Leader Anthony Albanese announcing funding for an Emergency Services Precinct in Moruya for the Eurobodalla region. 
Projects awarded grants in the Shoalhaven region
ReGrow, ReNEW, ReDISCOVER and ReUNITE Outdoor Learning and Healing Space – $205,000
Five Villages Community Garden – Yulunga Reserve Manyana – $125,718
Strengthening capacity, cooperation & resilience of Shoalhaven’s local NFPs – $1,369,800
Stronger Communities – $697,881
Nukka – Jerrinja Aboriginal Bushfire Recovery Land Management Enterprise – $1,497,419
Millhouse Art Society Using Creativity to Build Resilience – $82,695
Rebuilding, Uniting & Empowering Resilient Community Groups & Volunteers – $211,063
RHVA Resilience & Capacity Building – $1,426,800
Conjola Park Foreshore Recovery – $615,000
Danjera Dam Camping Ground and Recreational Area – $1,442,000
Taking Control – A Journey of Self Care – $209,124
Upgrade of Identified Emergency Animal Refuge – $58,165
The upgrade and future proofing of Nowra’s Mountain Bike Trail Network – $549,132
Developing systems and capacities to protect animals in catastrophic fires – $800,142
Replacement Rescue Vessel for Marine Rescue Kioloa – $298,815

Fiona Phillips, Member for Gilmore with Labor Leader Anthony Albanese at the Shoalhaven Emergency Management Centre during the 2019-20 bushfires. See my speech in parliament  The full list of funded projects is listed on the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website at: https://recovery.gov.au/programs/black-summer-grants.
I will always fight for our community and organisations to get the help and support they need.   Yours sincerely,

Fiona Phillips MP
Member for Gilmore

To view the detailed guidelines and submissions check these links

BSBR submission 2021 (002)

RHVA Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant Opportunity Guidelines 2

Digital Mentoring Training Course – Expression of Interest – St Vincent de Paul

In early March St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Recovery and Community Development Program will be hosting a 2 and ½ day course on Digital Mentoring for anyone in your community who would like to learn new skills and knowledge in the use of digital devices such as iPads, PC’s, Apple computers, Smart and Analogue Phones.

The course is geared towards people that would like to learn more about the use of digital devices but who are also happy to take these skills and knowledge and teach others in their community. The course is free and requires a 2 and ½ day commitment from participants and will require travel to Ulladulla.

Annual General Meeting of the Red Head Villages Association


Annual Membership Fees are due at the AGM each year.

Cost is Single $5.00 Family $10. Payment is by cheque or direct deposit.

Account Name : Red Head Villages Association Inc. BSB : 032 701 Account No : 186246 Reference : Your name If you are a NEW MEMBER please download the rhva-membership-form-2022, and return with remittance.

Please consider paying your annual membership fee before the AGM. (Ref. “Membership”). It’s $5 for an individual or $10 for a family. This will save time and effort prior to the AGM. (If you prefer to pay on the day, please arrive early so we can start the meeting on time.)

Please email rhva.puboff@gmail.com with your details, including amount paid and date of payment and request a receipt if required.

RHVA Annual General Meeting Saturday 22nd January, 2022 3pm Yulunga Hall

Major Change to the Inyadda Dr Proposal

There has been a large change. As of 24 November, council received information from the Federal Government that the landowner/applicant has changed their proposal and subsequently have withdrawn their Planning Proposal application.

This means they are no longer seeking to get the land rezoned (for smaller lots) , and are instead looking at an amended proposal working within the existing planning controls on the site. The land has an existing zoning mix of R5 Large Lot Residential, R1 General Residential and E3 Environmental Management zones (with a minimum lot size in the R5 area of 2000m2) . Zoning information can be found on our online maps: https://www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/Services/Maps-Online

The EPBC referral is still required for their amended proposal, and if an EPBC Controlled Action approval is granted, It is assumed a Development Application would come to Council afterwards. DAs have public exhibition requirements and it is assumed any DA for the site would attract media attention.

More information is found here:


RHVA Submission-Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act

Read the RHVA Submission to the Honorable Sussan Ley Federal Minister for the Environment regarding species protected under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act – Manyana Beach Estate proposal.

If you agree that proposed building project at Manyana must not go ahead, please write to contact@manyanaestate.com and -VERY IMPORTANTLY – cc nsw.enquiries@environment.gov.au with ‘Manyana Submission’ in the subject line by COB 16 July 2021. Let them know how you feel about this destruction and its impact on both wildlife and people.

Open Letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald today- Manyana Beach Estate

The Red Head Villages Association is proud to be a co-signatory of this Open Letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald today calling upon the Hon. Ministers Sussan Ley, Rob Stokes, Matt Kean, Shelley Hancock and Shoalhaven City Council to save the Unburnt Manyana Forest and to stand with our community and protect this fragile native habitat.

If you agree that proposed building project at Manyana must not go ahead, please write to contact@manyanaestate.com and -VERY IMPORTANTLY – cc nsw.enquiries@environment.gov.au with ‘Manyana Submission’ in the subject line by COB 16 July 2021. Let them know how you feel about this destruction and its impact on both wildlife and people.

Bush Fire Vegetation Clearing on Bendalong Road

Endeavour Energy has commenced post bushfire vegetation clearing in earnest along Bendalong Rd, and we appreciate these works are now highly visible, and are impactful to the community. We are applying an unprecedented level of scrutiny and due diligence to these works, which are being undertaken in keeping with NPWS approvals. We have met on site several times with community representatives, and with NPWS to ensure works progress as approved and only as required. We will keep our promise to the Manyana community to only remove vegetation that represents a real risk to public safety and to the reliable supply of power.

Don’t Forget AGM This Saturday _Yulunga Hall

In an effort to reduce the duration of general meetings, the RHVA executive has resolved that reports from executive committee members and the Yulunga Reserve Committee will be placed on the website one week before the next general meeting. This will allow people to familiarise themselves with the issues in advance and ask questions at the meeting, without time having to be spent on presentation of the report. Click here to view all reports

The Australian National Bushfire Health and Wellbeing Survey

A team of researchers at The Australian National University are conducting a survey to understand the past and present impact of bushfires and smoke on health, wellbeing, and lifestyle. We need to hear from as many Australians as possible, both with and without bushfire experience. Your participation will help identify how to support and protect the well-being of Australians when faced with future bushfires. You could also win a $50 Prezzee card!

For more information, and to take the survey, please head to the Australian National University website.

Initial RHVA Survey Results are in

Thanks to everyone for taking part in our community survey. Click here to see a snap shot of the results. We are still compiling the final details for the open ended questions (we will have them to you asap) thanks again for everyone that took the time to participate!


Red Head Village Association is putting together a PICTORIAL HISTORY BOOK OF THE 5 VILLAGES.
The book will include information, pictures from Aboriginal settlement till now,including chapters such as –
commercial outlets/shops in the area, fundraisers, functions, fires, cyclones, sport, environmental protests, scenery shots noting the beauty of the area. 
In the near future we will reach out for old photographs/newspaper clippings of the unique history of the Villages.
More details to come.
Below is the opening of the Manyana shop, cnr Curvers drive and Inyadda.

New 80 km/h on Bendalong Rd

The new speed zone on Bendalong road has come into play.
This came about from a motion put forward buy Lex Frew about 3 years ago and supported by those present as he was concerned about the devastation of wild life on the road. Sadly still happening today as the dead wombats laying on the side of the road are a testament to that.

Stand Up for the Environment

A message from Manyana Matters


Yulunga Reserve, Sunset Strip, Manyana – 10am

We have a plan so humor us and BRING A SURFBOARD. Alternatively, bring a push bike and bike lock. (Trust us on this, okay?) All will be revealed on the day. We’re going to have some fun.

This is a Covid-cool and family-friendly event. It goes without saying, wear or bring a protest sign. Dress the little ones in characters from the Aussie bush.

Why are we holding this event? Just take a look at the map of how little unburnt land surrounds Manyana! It’s time to stand up and send a loud message to our Government that we won’t tolerate any further destruction to the environment.

Manyana Beach Estate- Clearing Conditions

Attached is the link to the full development consent on Redhead Villages Association website, including what must be adhered to during the clearing for stage one: https://redheadvillages.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/planning-approval.pdf  Pages 17-21 detail the specifics of the requirements during the construction phase. There should be a notice at the entrance to the site with a phone number to contact at council if there are issues.

Manyana Beach Estate – Commence date…

The developer’s consultant has advised Council that, “site set up (fencing, site sheds etc) has been provisionally programmed for 4 May 2020 and commencement of vegetation clearing on 7 May 2020.”

Senior management notified Councillors to make them aware of the imminent commencement of works.

May the 4th be with us…..

General Meeting 21/3/2020 – POSTPONED

Clean Up Australia Day- March 1st 2020

At 8 am the local community were lining up to get their clean up Australia Day bags. After the devastating fires came through I was unsure how much rubbish would actually collect. The kids and I first started at the Green Island track and I was happy to say we only found 5 pieces of rubbish and a pair of old broken crutches… With our empty bag we drove back to Bendalong to North Inyada Beach where there were already volunteers picking up rubbish. After the fire ripped through we were able to go quite deep into the bush and we filled bags and bags of empty beer bottles. On behalf of the RHVA Thanks to everyone who filled a bag (or bags).

Bushfire Bulletins

Listed here are CURRENT bulletins. For archived material, go to the 2019/2020 Bushfires page.

  • DONATIONS – Scroll down for information on fund raising for a critical response kit for the Red Head Villages.

Loading truck

Volunteers and army reservists backloading donated goods, Thursday 16 January 2020.


RHVA Annual General Meeting
Saturday 25th January, 2020

3pm Yulunga Hall
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since we emailed you in December to advise the RHVA Annual General Meeting (AGM) date. The worst bushfires our little coastal villages have ever seen…

Needless to say, our minds have been on things other than the upcoming AGM! But now to business…

AGM agenda

  • Welcome – President’s address
  • Apologies
  • Ratification of 2019 AGM minutes
  • Business Arising
  • Outgoing Committee Reports (with any questions from the floor answered after each)
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of new Executive Committee

A general meeting will follow the AGM for which one agenda item has been received (no surprise here) :

  • Gary Barton – local RFS wishes to address the community

For your information, the outgoing committee are :

  • President – Neil McGuckin
  • Public Officer –  Karen Weinert
  • Social & Community Co-ordinator –  Tony Buchert
  • Treasurer – Kevin Millar
  • Secretary –  Jorj Lowrey
  • Minutes Secretary – Patti Bartlett
  • Environmental Co-ordinator – Steve Dewhurst
  • Development & Planning Co-ordinator – Lexie Meyer
  • Webmaster – Corinna Klupiec
  • Infrastructure Co-ordinator – Mick Cvetkovic

There have been only 6 nominations for committee positions (just received) and each person has stated the position they would like to hold. As our constitution states “if insufficient nominations are received to fill all vacancies on the committee, the candidates nominated are taken to be elected…” we will be welcoming in as :

  • President – Paul Mansfield
  • Public Officer –  Karen Weinert
  • Social & Community Co-ordinator –  Neil McGuckin
  • Treasurer – Kevin Millar
  • Secretary –  Lexie Meyer
  • Minutes Secretary – Robyn Ralph

Further nominations will be received at the AGM in the hope of filling the positions of :

  • Environmental Co-ordinator
  • Development & Planning Co-ordinator
  • Webmaster
  • Infrastructure Co-ordinator

So if you feel like doing your bit for the community, remember, you can even nominate yourself on the day.  🙂


Naturally, we are currently running a few fundraisers

Donations are welcome directly to our bank account, but please ensure you reference what you would like your money to go towards.

Account Name : RHVA Inc
BSB : 032 701
Account Number : 186 246

1. Local Rural Fire Service. (Ref. “RFS”)

2 Community Critical Response Kit (Ref. “CR Kit”) (For more information see : https://www.gofundme.com/f/nsw-south-coast-fires-red-head-villages-recovery)

3. Helping the local families who were injured or sustained property loss (Ref. “Community”)

Sincere thanks to those who have already given so generously!

Membership fees are also due at the AGM

While you have your internet banking open, please consider paying your annual membership fee at the same time. (Ref. “Membership”). It’s $5 for an individual or $10 for a family. This will save time and effort prior to the AGM. (If you prefer to pay on the day, please arrive early so we can start the meeting on time.)

Please email rhva.puboff@gmail.com with your details, including amount paid and date of payment and request a receipt if required.
RHVA AGM – 3pm next Saturday 25th January (Australia Day long weekend) Yulunga Hall, Manyana

Red Head Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Fund

Our community has faced one of its toughest times. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the amazing people who have contributed in so many ways to the protection of our homes and our safety, and who have swung into action to ensure that our recovery begins as swiftly as possible.

While we are currently deep in the recovery phase, it is important to prepare for the future to ensure that we are better prepared to handle any future crises. Thank you so much to all who have already donated funds to our community for this purpose.

One of our goals is to establish a critical response kit which includes solar power, satellite phone and internet connectivity, hand-held radios and other specialised equipment that would have been of enormous benefit to assist the teams striving to protect people and property during the crisis. Better communications and access to power would also have supported residents and tourists during and after the emergency.

In any future crisis, immediate access to a robust and reliable critical response kit will provide significant support for the community, help speed the recovery phase and further enhance the resilience of the region.

Here are the bank details for anyone wishing to donate to this important initiative:
BSB: 032 701
Acc: 186 246
Reference: Crisis response

NB This is the same cause that money is being raised for via the Go Fund Me campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/f/nsw-south-coast-fires-red-head-villages-recovery. Money donated via either channel will be used for the same purpose.

Sincere thanks to all.

Bendalong Rd 2019/2020

RHVA Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of the RHVA will be held on Saturday 25 January at 3pm in the hall at Yulunga Reserve.

At the AGM we will give you a run down on what’s gone on in 2019, answer any questions you may have, then all positions on the executive are vacated and a new committee will be elected.
If you have not served on the RHVA committee and would like to do your bit for the community, we encourage you to nominate. Many of the executive do not intend to run again in 2020 (and the rest are probably only filling the role as no one else has put their hand up!) so we NEED YOUR HELP!
Executive positions :

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Minutes Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Public Officer
  • Planning & Development Co-ordinator
  • Environmental Co-ordinator
  • Infrastructure Co-ordinator
  • Social & Community Co-ordinator
  • Webmaster

If you’d like to know more about what a particular role involves, please don’t hesitate to have a chat with the current office bearer. Contact details can be found at: https://rhva.org.au/commitee-members/
An office bearer nomination form can be downloaded from https://rhva.org.au/rhva-meetings/ or obtained by emailing the secretary at rhva.secretary@gmail.com
Nominations must be received in writing at least 7 days before the AGM (i.e. by the 18th of January). They must be signed by two current members of the association and endorsed by the nominee. You can also self nominate.
As nominations come in, they will be posted on the RHVA website.

Hooded Plover update

Unfortunately, the chick that hatched recently at Inyadda beach did not make it, but the hoodie pair has laid more eggs, expected to hatch around January 4.

PLEASE HELP ensure their survival by keeping dogs on leashes and giving the birds a wide berth.

Thank you!

Temporary Visitor Accommodation – have your say via SCC questionnaire

Further to the post below on the meeting with council about the review of controls on Temporary Visitor Accommodation in the LEP, you can give your feedback via a questionnaire on Council’s website –  https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/tourist-and-visitor-accommodation-review

Deadline for completion 13 December 2019.

To see a set of recommended answers provided by the Berry Forum, click here.

Erosion control at Bendalong Boat Ramp

On December 2, SCC will commence maintenance works on the rock cover at the transition from the beach to the picnic area and carpark at Boat Harbour Beach. This will involved repositioning of existing rocks and placement of additional large rocks along the area identified in the picture below. Work is expected to take 2 weeks, so will hopefully be completed in time for the holiday season.

A BBQ will also be added to the picnic area at eastern end.

GENERAL MEETING CANCELLED!! Please refer to important information below.

Due to ongoing matters regarding insurance, the general meeting of the RHVA scheduled for Saturday 16 November 2019 has been cancelled. This is most regrettable, but the RHVA executive considers the association to be in a precarious position, and that cancellation pending resolution of these issues is the most prudent course of action.

In short, meetings of community consultative bodies (CCBs) such as the RHVA are covered by council for public liability. However, council does not provide public liability cover for events other than CCB meetings, nor does it provide cover for matters such as defamation. Obtaining this additional cover comes at a cost of over $1200, which is difficult for our small association to accommodate, and reduces the ability of the RHVA to help fund community projects.

The executive is continuing to try to resolve this issue with council. Any suggestions as to how money to cover this insurance might be raised by the community would gratefully received.

In the meantime, as listed below, there are MANY current issues that will likely be of interest to members, including current and pending developments (Manyana Beach Estate and Inyadda Drive). Information pertaining to most of these issues can be found on this website (e.g. in posts below and under Correspondence In/Out, Community Projects and Latest Hot Topics).

Please keep any eye on the website in coming days for updates and further documentation relating to the matters listed below.

  • Meeting of Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal Focus Group with JWD Projects and GHD regarding the Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal (15 November 2019) to discuss the Biodiversity Certification Assessment Report – updates will be provided under Latest Hot Topics
  • Progress on the Berringer/Cunjurong link pathway – see Community Projects Tab
  • Shorebirds – hooded plovers nesting at south end of Inyadda – see post below
  • The recent Coastal Management survey (relevant to management of Lake Conjola opening) – see post below
  • Tourist and Visitor Accommodation and Clause 2.8 (Temporary Use of Land) Review – meeting with council held 13 November, updates to follow – keep an eye on Correspondence In/Out and Latest Hot Topics. If you are interested in providing feedback to council on this issue (which relates, for example, to use of properties as wedding venues)  PLEASE REFER TO ONLINE SURVEY (deadline 13 December 2019) at https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/tourist-and-visitor-accommodation-review
  • Manyana Beach Estate – CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN ISSUED!!  More information to follow shortly – keep an eye on the Latest Hot Topics tab.
  • Murals update – heaps of fantastic progress. Refer to Community Projects page.
  • Bendalong Boat Harbour – refer to Correspondence In/Out
  • Surf Schools – refer to Correspondence In/Out
  • Shoalhaven Transition full application for Environmental Trust grant – this grant application includes a proposal to conduct BioBlitzes in our area. A BioBlitz workshop will be held on Friday 6 December in Ulladulla from 2-4pm. Register by 22 November by sending an email to budawangcoast@gmail.com
  • Plant barrier erected at the beach access at the bottom of Quebec – thank you to council for this attractive, common sense, environmentally friendly approach
  • Bush care – meets first Saturday of the month. After much hard work on Manyana Beach, the focus is shifting to Cunjurong Point. To join, and find out more about times and locations, please contact Bushcare at redheadbushcare@gmail.com 

Hoodies nesting at Inyadda!

The pair of hooded plovers at south Inyadda have three eggs, expected to hatch in late November. Thank you to everyone for giving these little guys the best possible choice (inc. avoiding fenced off areas, keeping dogs leashed).

A reminder too of the difference between the critically endangered hooded plover, a very small bird with a black head and white strip at the neck (see picture below, with chick) and the much more common, equally small red capped plover (second image below). Both are lovely, but the hoodies need as much help as we can give them.

Hooded plover and chick
Red-capped Plover.

Coast, River and Estuaries Questionnaire – please complete!

Please have your say on the future management of coastal areas and estuaries in the Shoalhaven by completing SCC’s questionnaire by 31 October 2019.

Click here to access the online survey or download a hard copy version.

This is our chance to share our thoughts and suggestions on this important topic. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and allows plenty of room for commentary, as well as “ticking boxes”.

From the SCC website:

The questionnaire responses will inform a single Scoping Study which covers all of Shoalhaven’s coastline and estuaries. Council will then use this Study to develop multiple CMPs each with their own specific mix of values, threats and opportunities.

New mural taking shape

The images below show how the beautiful new sea eagle mural on the Cunjurong Point bus shelter is gradually revealing itself. Thank you Glenn! More photos to come over the coming weeks. Estimated completion date is the first week of November. Keep an eye out as you pass by!

Yulunga Reserve Playground – temporary closure for construction of NEW facilities

Exciting news! Our much valued playground at Yulunga Reserve is to be given a major makeover. Actually, it’s an entirely new playground. Thank you to Shoalhaven City Council for making this possible and to the members of the Yulunga Reserve Committee and RHVA for working with council and the community to get the best possible result.

Construction of the new playground is scheduled to begin in the week of 7 October and continue for 3 weeks.


It’s Manyana market time again! Sunday 6 October 9am-1pm

It’s Spring (yay) so it must be October long weekend Manyana Market time!

Come to Yulunga Reserve on Sunday 6 October to see what’s on offer, have a friendly chat and enjoy delicious food. It’s a great chance to find that special Christmas present!

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW FINISH TIME – 1pm. Come before lunch to avoid disappointment! Better still, get your morning tea and lunch at the market 🙂

Shorebird nesting season fast approaching!

It’s that time of year again when our precious shorebirds come to our beaches to (hopefully) produce another generation! Jodie Dunn, NPWS South Coast Shorebird Recovery Coordinator, has kindly provided some useful information to help us help the birds. Please have a read and encourage others to do so.

NPWS Shorebird nesting information


Pied Oyster Catcher and chicks. Image attribution: South Coast Shorebird Recovery Program – https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/south-coast-shorebird-recovery-program/photos/27315

Vote for our Community Garden!

You may have heard about the amazing plans for an inclusive and interactive community garden in the Yulunga Reserve. A submission has been made for a grant to help turn this vision into reality.

Grant success depends on community support via a voting system. There are eleven projects competing for funding in our electorate so PLEASE HELP by adding your vote for the Manyana Community Garden!

Instructions for how to vote can be found here:


Update to Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal (ex Kylor)

In case you haven’t heard through Facebook, Manyana Matters or the grapevine, there has been an important development with the IDPP (formerly Kylor PP). Following a massive response from the community, the proponents have dropped the proposed addition to the footprint in the north east corner of the block.

The revised proposed footprint looks like this:

Map new proposed footprint July 2019

Please visit the “Inyadda Drive Planning Proposal” page on this website (under the “Latest Hot Topics” tab) for:

  • further details on the current status of the planning proposal
  • how to get automatic updates from SCC
  • a link to the proponent-commissioned information website on the planning proposal (prepared by GHD, the consultants engaged by the proponents to conduct community liaison).

Preparing for the new “1 hour” RHVA General Meetings!

This is a reminder that RHVA have resolved to shorten RHVA General Meeting running times by putting up reports from RHVA executive committee members and the Yulunga Reserve Committee on the website one week before the next meeting, for your reading pleasure, so that these reports don’t have to be presented on the day.

You are of course able, and encouraged, to ask any questions you might have about these reports at the meeting.

To access the reports:

  • go to the “RHVA Meetings” tab
  • select “Preliminary Reading” from the drop-down menu

See you all at the meeting at 3pm on Saturday 20 July.

Shared status of Manyana to Bendalong pathway

The RHVA would like to clarify that the concrete pathway from Inyadda car park to Bendalong is classified as an inclusive pathway. This means that it is a shared pathway for pedestrians, pedestrians with prams, cyclists and elderly on mobility scooters. Please feel free to refer anyone to this notice, if there is any confusion about this issue.

New signs for the Red Head Villages

Shoalhaven City Council has advised that new village signs are to be erected as part of the Council Signage Strategy. To see the designs and their expected locations, refer to the links below.

Note that the name of Cunjurong Pt is currently spelt (or spelled, depending on your preference, given that we’re talking about spelling) incorrectly. A request for correction has been submitted to council.

It is not clear at this stage whether signs are also planned for Berringer Lake and North Bendalong.

Village Signs Design 12 June 2019

Village Signs Location June 2019

Temporary closure of Lake Conjola access

Notice of Closure of Lake Conjola Access Track –  Aboriginal Cultural Heritage – Shell Midden

Please be advised that Council will be temporarily closing down a lake access track from York St, Cunjurong Point, to the foreshore of Lake Conjola as per map below.

The reason for the closure of the access track, is the discovery by Council, of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage items, in the form of a shell midden, that is being directly impacted by the access track. Council  is required under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 to mitigate any damage to Aboriginal cultural heritage items, such as shell middens. For more information on shell middens types and where they found see https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nswcultureheritage/ShellMiddens.htm

Council contractors have been requested to temporarily close the track with signage and Council have advised the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in Wollongong. Council have requested from NSW OEH to realign the track under a Conservation Agreement as soon as possible.

Please call me if you would like to discuss this matter further 44293300

Map Path Closure

Update re gated barrier Quebec St Cunjurong Pt

Regarding a request from RHVA for a barrier to prevent vehicle access to the bush reserve off Alaska St, at the bottom of Quebec St, council has advised that this section of the reserve is a legal road owned by the Crown. Thus, a request for a gate needs to be approved by the RMS, Crown Lands and then put on public exhibition.  If everyone gives approval, council can proceed with installing a barrier.

The process has been initiated by SCC. Council considers Christmas 2019 to be a realistic time frame, due to the administrative procedures that need to be followed in this case, and the amount of projects that council is currently dealing with.

Ulladulla High School survey on Bendalong Boat Harbour

Senior Geography students at Ulladulla High School are once again studying Bendalong Boat Habour, examining its history, impacts of human activity, degradation, community input and maintenance.

The students have prepared a short online community survey that takes only 5 minutes to complete.

This is a wonderful example of school engagement with the local community and the students would be very grateful for your contribution.

Click here to complete the survey.

Important date change!

The next general RHVA meeting date has been moved to May 25 due to the Federal Election. As our community hall is used as a polling booth, our meeting has been pushed forward one week. Still 3pm, Yulunga Hall. See you there!

Two key dates for your Easter diary!

Saturday 20 April

Public Meeting, Yulunga Community Hall 3pm.

Have your say about the proposed development of the North Manyana (formerly Kylor) site. For more information, scroll down…

NB RHVA recently met with the new owners of the site, JWD Projects, and their community engagement representatives, GHD. For an overview of the discussion, click here.

Sunday 21 April

Manyana Market, Yulunga Reserve 9am to 2pm.

Don’t miss out on the latest offerings from local suppliers, artists and producers!

North Manyana Planning Proposal  (previously known as “Kylor”) update announced.

February 2019
If you haven’t already, please visit the SCC’s “Get Involved” page and sign up for updates on this major development proposal. While you’re there, fill in the survey to give your opinion on the proposed PP. (Closes 29/4/19. Please keep a copy of your submission and feel free to forward same to your RHVA exec. We also encourage your comments on the RHVA Community FB page, on any relevant threads on the RHVA FB page, etc.) 
To get you up to speed, the minutes of your North Manyana PP Focus Group’s recent meeting are available on our website, including the PP document and a flyer for a Public Meeting being held on Easter Saturday in the Yulunga Hall, to further discuss the North Manyana PP. 
Draft Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy (GMS) 2019 – 2041
The Draft Shoalhaven GMS 2019- 2041 was put up for public comment over the busy Xmas – New Year holiday period and went under the radar. This is a very important document which will determine the future of our coastal villages and needs YOUR input!
The draft “Character Statement” for Manyana / Cunjurong Point is:

“Manyana and Cunjurong Point will offer a relaxed place to live and visit, with a clear focus on beach and water recreation. A diversity of housing, in combination with great services and amenities, and a locally-respectful retail centre will offer all the necessary essentials for local residents and visitors. Beach style housing with a mix of materials and coastal colours will maintain the place’s informal character, and appeal to people seeking the relaxed way of life that the settlements are known for. The hilly topography will continue to offer elevated views to the ocean, including the popular Inyadda Beach.”

The draft “Character Statement” for Bendalong / North Bendalong is:

“Bendalong will maintain its secluded and easygoing character. With a focus on the immersive natural surrounds, this small village will offer convenient access to stunning beaches and the surrounding bushland, offering a diversity of recreational activities, particularly in summer. Bendalong Point and Boat Harbour Beach will be promoted as popular destinations, well-equipped with basic amenities and conveniently located proximate to holiday parks. Buildings will display a coastal material palette and building style, with modest low-rise dwellings featuring flat and gabled roofs and a mix of fibro and weatherboard. Streets will further promote the relaxed and natural character, with lots of natural landscaping and tall street trees.”

But what do YOU think they should say? Please submit your suggestions via email as we will be voting at Saturday 16h March’s meeting on our submission to council.
Please also comment on the Character Assessments for each area.
For all of the relevant information on this topic, visit the SCC “Get Involved” GMS page.
Please note, we have also formalised our RHVA Meetings Code of Conduct March 2019.

A defibrillator for community use

A defibrillator  for community use was delivered to the Red Head Villages’ Association on  30th August.  It will be stored at the Bendalong General Store and be available at all hours  in an  emergency while awaiting an ambulance. The association is grateful for the efforts of member , Jenny Cleary , in acquiring the funding for this unit . Ulladulla Lions Club and Ulladulla Rotary Club both donated $1500 towards the cost of the unit . The unit gives clear oral instructions to the operator  and will be  able to be used by any member of the public to save a person’s  life if they are  experiencing a cardiac arrest.



On Saturday 16th June, 2018 the final concrete pour was done on the shared community pathway between the Inyadda Beach Car Park and Bendalong. This has been a project spanning many years and has involved the volunteer labour of many members over those years.

Special thanks go to Glenn North for his constant support over the years . Special thanks also  to President Kevin Millar and Mick Cvetkovic (Infrastructure )  for their management and commitment to the finalisation of the project .

Initial funding for the project was derived from  ongoing Shoalhaven City Council co-funding ,  private donations from Lars and Sammi Newman and the community donation tin at the Bendalong General Store.We thank all at the store  for assisting the project in this way.

The project gained extra impetus in the past few years due to the injection of grant funding from the NSW State Government’s Building Better Partnership Program .The Hon Shelley Hancock, Member for the South Coast and Clr Patricia White have given continuous support for this project . We thank also Lexie Meyer , our develoment coordinator , for the outstanding work she has done completing lengthy  funding application forms.

As a result of the local and state government funding, RHVA was able to hire local concrete contractors, the Walker Brothers, to complete the final stage of the project .

The communities of Manyana and Bendalong are now connected by a safe community pathway , constructed along an existing power  easement . Residents of all ages can be seen using the facility – from youngsters on scooters to senior citizens on motorised scooters.( Photo shows local resident, Peter King enjoying his walk on the pathway  last week.)The shared community pathway  encourages physical fitness for residents and visitors alike and develops social connectivity .

This is Stage 1 of the Red Head Villages’ Association (Inc ) lake and  coastal pathway program . Stage 2 will be constructed between Manyana and Berringer Lake, with the pathway following the easement from The Sunset Strip end of Manyana through the bush to Berringer Lake .

The Association invites you to experience the community pathway with family ,friends and visitors to our area. This is a great community asset ; to be enjoyed by all.

Communtity Developments


Fountaindale Group have started clearing land at Manyana Drive, Manyana for its Coast Development which will create 40 new home sites for the village of Manyana. It is anticipated that works will be completed by March 2017 (??)

Pathway is no longer available between Manyana Drive and Manyana beach though the developer has offered some funding to construct a pathway on completion of the works.

The new loop road will be named “Dune Circuit.”