Management of Public Spaces

Adopted - 16 June 2022.

Public space provides our community with numerous opportunities to fulfil individual, social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits. Council is committed to providing and maintaining quality public space areas for family, social and community activities and events.

This Policy applies to all beaches, parks, reserves, sports fields, roads and footpaths owned by and under the care, control and management of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

Council approval may be required for the use of these spaces for activities by businesses, individuals, groups or community organisations and schools. Activities which involve a temporary or permanent structure may require Development Approval.

This policy has consolidated previously existing policies for the use of public spaces including:

  • A-Frame Sign Policy 2013
  • Activities in Public Places Policy 2013
  • Alcohol Use on Public Reserves and Beaches Policy 2018
  • Commercial Activities on Council-managed Land Policy 2019
  • Mobile Food Vending Vehicles and Temporary Food Stalls in a Public Place Policy 2018
  • Mooring Agreement for Lady Nelson Wharf Policy 2010
  • Outdoor Dining Policy 2018
  • Parks and Reserves Use Policy 2010
  • Port Macquarie Entertainment Precinct Event Use Policy 2018


Management of Public Spaces Policy(PDF, 463KB)