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Port Stephens Council has formalised the management of open spaces including parks, foreshores, beaches and bushland reserves for recreational activities, tourism and education in accordance with its Commercial Operators Policy.

As a result, Council invites commercial interests to apply for a 5 year licence (where operators can apply for a maximum of three sites) to use particular sites for water-based or land-based business operations in Port Stephens using Council's new online booking process.

Opportunities available

As a first step, view the list of site locations on the map below which will be marked green if available and red if unavailable.

Where the preferred site is available the application process is as follows;

  • The applicant will make a submission by lodging the application form and all supporting documentation listed in application form.
  • Applications will be assessed by an internal Council review panel led by the Contracts and Services Coordinator. The panel will convene when required, with membership including one section manager, a representative from Property Services Section and a representative from Civil Assets Section.
  • Applications will be received for either water based activities or land based activities.
  • Applications will  be accepted throughout the year subject to supply of sites.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email by the Contracts and Services Coordinator.

What is the process for approval?

View and choose a location from the map above.

View the fees and charges (see Administration Services - Commercial Operator's Licence - water/land activities)

Review the Commercial Operators Policy on our policies page.

Download the Licensing of a commercial business activity on Council owned or controlled land application form from our A-Z forms page and send it to council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

Applications shall by accessed by an internal review panel and successful applicants will be notified by email.

See below for a complete list of Council's licensed operators.

Current operators

OperatorAddressSurburb Social linksWebsite
Fit 2 day - Personal Trainer Dick Burwell Oval, Bill Strong Oval and Fly Point Nelson Bay FacebookFit 2 day
Goal Soccer Academy - Fitness Operator

Bill Strong Oval

Kindlebark Oval

Kings Park

Nelson Bay

Medowie

Raymond Terrace

FacebookGoal Soccer Academy
Nelson Bay Fitness  - Personal Trainer Dick Burwell Oval Tomaree Complex,
Duchies Beach Reserve and
Fly Point Reserve     
Nelson Bay FacebookNelson Bay Fitness
Nude Kayaks Port Stephens Bagnalls Beach Reserve Corlette FacebookNude Kayaks Port Stephens
Port Stephens Paddlesports

Nelson Bay Foreshore Reserve

Shoal Bay Foreshore Reserve

Nelson Bay

Shoal Bay

Facebook
Flickr
Instagram
Twitter

Port Stephens Paddlesports
Port Stephens Surf School - Surfing lessons

One Mile Beach and Birubi Beach

Dutchman's Beach Reserve

Fingal Bay Foreshore Reserve

Anna Bay

Nelson Bay

Fingal Bay

Facebook
Instagram 
Tripadvisor 
Youtube
Port Stephens Surf Schoo
Shoal Bay stand up paddleboards - lessons and hire Shoal Boat Ramp Reserve Shoal Bay Facebook
Instagram
Tripadvisor 
TwitterYoutube
Shoal Bay Stand Up Paddleboards

Splash Water Park

Nelson Bay Foreshore Nelson Bay

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Splash Water Park Nelson Bay
Top Coach Function Fitness - Personal Trainer

Don Warring Oval,
Duchies Beach Reserve,
Fly Point Reserve and Little Beach

One Mile Beach Reserve

Korora Oval

Nelson Bay,

One Mile Beach

Salamander Bay

FacebookTop Coach Function Fitness
soccer
Top Coach
NB fitness
Shoal Bay SUP image
PS mountain bike
Surf school
NB fitness 2
Shoal Bay SUP image
PS mountain bike 2
Top Coach
Surf school 2
Standup boards pict
Kayak pict
soccer
Top Coach
NB fitness
Shoal Bay SUP image
PS mountain bike
Surf school
NB fitness 2
Shoal Bay SUP image
PS mountain bike 2
Top Coach
Surf school 2
Standup boards pict
Kayak pict

Are you a commercial operator?

Register your interest in providing a commercial activity on Council land.

Contact Council

Contracts and Services Coordinator
Phone (02) 4988 0255