Shoalhaven City Council have a Private Functions on Public Reserves Policy. The Policy functions had been categorised into three tiers.
- Small function (fewer than 50 people) are not required to book with Council.
- Community members hosting a medium function (fewer than 100 people) need to book and pay a permit fee.
- Large function (over 100 people) need to book and pay a permit fee.
The Shoalhaven’s public reserves and beaches have become an increasingly popular destination for weddings and other private functions over the past number of years.
The Private Functions on Public Reserves Policy provisions also facilitates:
- Medium and large function booking outside the peak tourism periods (Christmas and Easter holiday period).
- Reserve bookings within 12 months of the function.
- Small and medium function within a three hour period (including set up/pack up).
- Large function for a period of six hours (set up/pack up to occur within two days).
- Improved the running of private functions on public reserves with a Function Safety Coordinator required on site at all times during medium and large functions, and responsible for liaising with all of the relevant authorities.
Noting that at these functions
- No fencing or other barriers are permitted
- The area is to be left in a clean and tidy condition, and arrangements will be made for the collection/ removal of any waste generated as a result of the private function
- Service of any alcohol (where permitted – noting that some reserves in the Shoalhaven are declared as Alcohol Free Zones) will be carried out by a person(s) with a valid RSA
accreditation. Police must also be notified of any function serving alcohol.
- Fireworks are not permitted.
- Parking is permitted in allocated parking areas only. Vehicles are not permitted to enter the public reserve or beach.
- If the function is a wedding, only biodegradable confetti, bubbles or loose rose petals are to be used.
- The organiser is required to advise the Police of the function (when more than 50 people)
The Policy enables Council to better monitor and facilitate the use of Council managed public reserves while also preventing large booking conflicts and overuse of specific areas. This will also ensure private functions can occur without unduly impacting on the normal use of public reserves and the amenity of neighbours.
Further details contact Shoalhaven City Council (02) 4429 3111
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