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Karuah Place Plan

Karuah is moving forward with new housing developments, bringing an increasing number of young families to the town. Future planning is focused on driving social wellbeing, creating a more connected town centre, better accessibility to the waterfront and improved community facilities for all to enjoy.

The Karuah Place Plan recognises the values and priorities of Karuah community. It has been designed to support the Karuah Growth Strategy by identifying additional opportunities for residential development, employment lands and public infrastructure.

Key documents

Place plan timeline

Timeline of Karuah Place Plan

Liveability score

In September 2020, we teamed up with Place Score to complete our first ever place census. Over 3,700 people across the LGA, including people who live, play and visit Karuah, told us what they value and how they rate their neighbourhood. The survey results helped us identify the priorities for the Karuah community and plan accordingly

Download the Liveability index for Karuah to learn more about what the residents value most in this area.

Place plan projects

The community of Karuah has embraced the adopted Place Plan and are in the process of completing some amazing projects for their town.

See some of the completed projects and events that have improved the vibrancy of the town.

It’s not too late to get involved with the next community project. We encourage you to reach out to your Town Team Leader and help us create an even better place for Karuah!

Karuah Conservation Crew were a successful recipient of Council’s grants program in 2020 and have used their money to purchase native plants and netting to stabilise the Karuah riverbank.

Want to help in this project? Want to know more? Please contact Cheryl from Landcare Karuah Conservation Crew via email cherylcrot@gmail.com – she’d love to hear from you!

This project is due to be completed December 2022.

Google maps view of Karuah's riverbank

Karuah Progress Association were a successful recipient of Council’s grants program and are using this money to create of artwork under Karuah bridge to add vibrancy to an otherwise tired space. Despite the delays in starting due to COVID-19, works have now re-commenced with cleaning of the site being undertaken.

The next stage of the project will include well renowned artist, Jordan Lucky painting the mural in August. The mural will feature local wildlife in bright and eye catching colours. The project will hopefully be unveiled in time for Spring.

Want to know more? Please contact Bre from Karuah Progress Association via email blgonzales@gmail.com – she'd love to hear from you!

This project is due to be completed end of September 2022.

mural painted on turquoise background underneath the Karuah bridge

Karuah P&C were a successful recipient of council’s grants program and are using the money to create a regular community market to be held at Karuah Public School on the third weekend of every month. The market will provide an opportunity for the community to come together, connect and celebrate local culture and showcase local micro businesses, artisans and produce. The markets are due to start on Sunday 21 August and monthly thereafter.

Want to know more? Please contact Michelle from Karuah P&C Association via email karuahpublicschool@pandcaffiliate.org.au – she'd love to hear from you, especially if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or stallholder at the markets!

Port Stephens Council, working with Karuah RSL, The Karuah Centre, Karuah LALC and Karuah Progress Association were successful in applying for a grant from Transport for NSW to provide an on demand bus service for 2 years. This service runs Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm and provides a way to transfer residents into the main street of Karuah for shopping and social interaction. For more details, click here.

Want to know more? Please contact Chris from Karuah RSL via email generalmanager@krsl.com.au – he'd love to hear from you!

This project is due to be completed July 2024.

white van parked in parking lot

Port Stephens Council are working with Munchies Café, Russ’ Bakery and Karuah Pizzeria to activate their outdoor dining areas in preparation for the spring/summer season. All of these businesses face out onto Tarean Road, the mainstreet of Karuah and have the opportunity to explore options for place activation through outdoor dining and alfresco rebate program thus stimulating the night time economy in Karuah. Residents and visitors are encouraged to look out for information on complimentary voucher program and events to celebrate this initiative. For more information on the program click here.

Want to know more? Please contact Beck from Council’s vibrant places unit via email Rebecca.morley@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

This project is due to be completed December 2022.

Community member, Lisa Floyd was a successful recipient of council’s grants program and is using the money for the Mainstreet Beautification project. As team leader, Lisa is working with a selection of the community to organise community working bees to see this project into fruition. This project includes the installation of planter boxes and seating on Tarean Road to beautify the mainstreet.

Want to know more? Please contact Lisa from Riverside Motel via email riversidemotel@live.com.au – she'd love to hear from you!

This project is due to be completed October 2022.

A woman looking at the camera waring a mask with a number of people in the background cleaning the street

Community member, Brett Sweetman is organising the annual Karuah Oyster and Timber Festival which will take place in Karuah on Saturday 15 October, 2022. As part of this project, the working group looked at attracting visitors to the festival from Nelson Bay via our beautiful waterways. In support, Moonshadow-TQC have scheduled a western harbor cruise that will take passengers from Nelson Bay to Karuah and return. This trial cruise will hopefully be the start of a regular western cruise product.

Want to know more? Please contact Brett from Karuah Oyster and Timber festival via email brett.sweetnam@optusnet.com.au – he'd love to hear from you!

This projects is due to be completed October 2022.

A boat at the Marina

Concept design for Aliceton Reserve is progressing. Further funding announcements that also include funding proposed for engaging a consultant for the detailed design are expected in December. Further community consultation for the detailed design elements will be had at this time and of course pending funding application being successful.

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Get involved

You’re the expert when it comes to your place – we need your local knowledge and passion for your place to help develop and implement your Place Plan. There are many ways in which you can get involved:

  • If you want to get involved in planning for your place, head to our Have Your Say page.
  • Download our Place Plan factsheet to learn more (PDF 3.7 MB).
  • Discover more about the progress of the Karuah Place plan by subscribing to our newsletter that is sent out every 2 months. Get in touch if you want to be part of the emailing list.
  • Contact our Place Planning Project Manager today on 4988 0402 or via email on placeplanning@portstephens.nsw.gov.au to arrange a time to talk about your place planning idea or project.

Community grants

Our funding program gives eligible individuals, artists, community organisations, not-for-profits, businesses, students and others the opportunity to apply for funds to deliver initiatives that make a real difference to local communities and our region. These funding programs play a pivotal role in building capacity by supporting initiatives which enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of our communities.

The Karuah Place Plan provides lots of inspiration for projects that would qualify under the grants program. Visit our Grants page for more information.

Community champions

Toni says she is most proud of her town because of the amazing community members who work together to support all students to be able to engage in learning. She is also proud that the school can support local elders in keeping Gathang language alive. Toni has been recognized as a Karuah Community Champion for her assistance in getting the Garuwa Community markets up and running. Visit her Facebook page for more details.

Toni Lyle holding a book about Gathang language

Lisa is a passionate community member and currently is heading up the Mainstreet Beautification project to add some vibrancy back into a part of Karuah's main street. Lisa says she is most proud of her town because of the amazing people who constantly offer their time and support on a volunteer basis to make great things happen for Karuah!

Lisa Floyd standing in front of a Riverside Motel sign

Contact us

Contact our Place Planning Project Manager on 4988 0402 or via email on placeplanning@portstephens.nsw.gov.au to arrange a time to talk about your place planning idea or project.