Several public submissions cited a lack of general social infrastructure and services (i.e. hospital facilities, public transport, schools, emergency services etc) within the local area and identified concerns that the additional demand created by the increased population could not be supported. A Social Impact Assessment (SIA) was prepared by MacroPlan Dimasi and submitted with the original modification application. The SIA considered the demand for services created by the proposed increase in dwellings and the resultant population. In summary, MacroPlan determined that the following services have adequate capacity to service the proposed population increase:

  • Emergency infrastructure (fire, ambulance and police);
  • Primary and secondary schools;
  • Regional health facilities;
  • Youth centres;
  • Community service centres;
  • Child care centres / before and after school care;
  • Library services;
  • Performing arts / cultural facilities;
  • Open space, sport and recreation facilities; and
  • Aquatic centres;

Following the receipt of the public submissions, MacroPlan reviewed the SIA and an updated edition is provided as Appendix E. The updated SIA considers the proposed modifications within the context of the 2016 Census figures (the original SIA was submitted prior to their release and used 2011 Census figures). The updated assessment determined that, in addition to the list above, there are adequate existing local community health facilities and residential aged care facilities to meet the demand created by the proposed population increase. In the regard, the community and the Department of Planning can be comfortable that any demand on essential services and schools generated by the proposed increase in dwellings and population can be accommodated by the existing services and those confirmed to proceed (i.e. $215M upgrade to Shellharbour Hospital; community health facility development at the Kiama Hospital site).

Social infrastructure and services assessment report

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