Engagement wrap-up

Upgrade on the horizon

Feedback received during engagement has helped us make some changes to the proposed design. These include:

  • shower cubicles in both men’s and women’s amenities
  • external showers
  • internal open change areas within men’s and women’s amenities
  • a family change room with shower, toilet and hand basin
  • additional bench seating
  • shared wash basin between the men's and women's amenities exit
  • reducing the roofline height and scale
  • change in roof materials to blend into natural environment
  • plantings on external walls to blend into natural environment
  • retaining all palm trees adjacent to the building

A comparison of the original and revised concept is provided below.

Project updates

During our engagement between 14 February and 15 March over 2500 people engaged with us either via our project page, social media and face to face.

We received 176 comments on the concept design. The feedback has been reviewed and areas of interest and concern identified. These have been summarised below.

View the Shelly Beach Amenities Upgrade - Engagement Report - June 2020.


What we heard

Overall appearance

The community feedback on the overall appearance of the building was balanced. Some supported the way it blended with the building next door. However, a small amount of comments reflected concern that the building was too stark and stood out, rather than blending into the surrounding environment.

Bulky and overbearing

The community feedback on the bulk and scale was balanced. Some supported the proposed roofline and size of the building however, a small amount of comments reflected concern the building would be too large.Queries on the exact dimensions for the proposed building were also raised.

Sewer issues

The community feedback reflected concern with the existing sewer issues, identifying that there is often a sewerage smell in the area.

Family change room

The community feedback reflected the need for a separate family change room to cater for the large numbers of families that visit the area.

We are upgrading the Shelly Beach public amenities as the current amenities are old and no longer accommodate the needs of the area.

The concept plan was exhibited for comment 14 February through to 15 March 2020.

Frequently asked questions


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Feb 2020 Seek comment on concept

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Mar-Apr 2020 Review community feedback

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    Apr 2020-early 2022 Finalise design

    Process delayed due to COVID-19

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Tender application process

    Expected to take place in Autumn 2022

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete


    Expected to take place in Winter-Spring 2022

Have an enquiry?

Have questions or want to learn more about this project, contact us below:

Name Peter Rodham, Property & Building Projects
Phone 1300 434 434
Email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Website www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
In writing

PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655 Australia