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Following the Covid-19 restrictions ease, L’Étape Australia by Tour de France is now able to host face-to-face local community meetings to resume its community engagement campaign. A first series of meetings will take place on 12-14 April 2021 and the links to attend are advertised below (registration is essential to comply with the current Covid-19 regulations).

During these meetings, the following elements will be addressed:

  • Presentation of L’Etape Australia by Tour de France
  • Debriefing of the 2020 local community engagement campaign
  • Presentation of the 2021 local community engagement campaign
  • Presentation of the modifications and improvement implemented (date, road closure timings)
  • Q&A session

Please note the capacity of each room is strictly limited (between 80 and 90 people) under the current Covid restrictions. Registration is essential to ensure we abide by these rules and to support the government with contact tracing.

To join a meeting, please secure your spot via one of the links below:

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of these meetings.

 

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France always involves the local community in the organisation of the event. It can go from developing a specific local animation, hosting a food/drink zone to organise a community-centric competition (subject to sponsors support).
Local associations and groups will be given ownership of specific aspect of the event.

Local businesses and members of the local community are invited to join the relevant information list below to stay up-to-date. Information can also be found in the Local Community FAQ that can be found below. To contact us, please email us at info@letapeaustralia.com.

What is L'Étape Australia by Tour de France?

L’Étape Australia is the only official Tour de France event in Australia. It is open to riders of all abilities and provides cyclist with the closest experience to riding in the Tour de France an amateur can have.

At the front of the main peloton, there is an official Elite Wave sanctioned by NSW – AusCycling. The best cyclists in the country will come to Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands to compete in L’Étape Australia.

Overall, and under the current Public Health Orders, 3,000 people are expected to take part in the event (these numbers will be reviewed when the new Public Health Orders come into effect on Saturday 6 March 2021). Based on previous editions of L’Étape Australia, visitors generally spend two nights in the region.

When and where will it take place?

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March 2021. On Friday 19 March, only the Event Village will operate. The Event Village is located in Coronation Park (Kiama). Saturday 20 March is the race day and both the Event Village and the Route will welcome riders and their supporters. The detailed route for The Race can be seen here. The detailed route for The Ride can be found here.

The 6th edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place on 3-4 December 2021.

What opportunities will the event create?

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will plan an important role in generating a boost for the local tourism economy.

We will promote the area via an important TVC campaign run on SBS between May 2020 and March 2021 (the campaign has already started and will intensify during the broadcast of cycling programs).

There are also exhibition opportunities at a discounted rate for local businesses at the Event Village. If you would like to receive more information about this opportunity, please contact us at info@letapeaustralia.com.

What will be the impact of the event?

On Friday 19 March, there will NOT be any impact from the event. There will be an important influx of visitors travelling to the region and visiting the Event Village. There will NOT be any road closure on Friday 19 March.

On Saturday 20 March, the route will have an impact on local traffic as the event is organised on fully closed roads. The traffic management plan for the event has been developed to take into account local residents and local businesses access – there are managed crossover points at designated locations along the course to maintain access where safe to do so while the event is underway.

See road closure details and maps at the bottom of this page.

There will also be special event clearway parking restrictions in place in key areas of the course so check signs carefully. See details at the bottom of this page

Local residents and businesses are invited to provide their feedback and ask their question via email at info@letapeaustralia.com or to call us on (02) 8272 4580.

Will the event impact emergency services?

No, it won’t. L’Étape Australia work in collaboration with the RFS, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and NSW Police to ensure emergency services can attend all 000 calls. The Event Command Centre on event day will be in liaison with 000 to ensure all emergencies are attended. Should an emergency vehicle be delayed by the event, L’Étape Australia will send their own paramedics onsite until NSW Ambulance arrive and take-over.

Local farmers have been invited to identify a unique local vet that will be granted access to the course to attend any cattle-related emergency during the time of the event.

How will animal emergencies be handled?

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France have liaised with local vets to ensure local residents can be assisted in case there is an emergency with their animals. The following vets will be on call and will be provided with information and a contact number to access the properties impacted by the event:

  • Gerringong Veterinary Hospital (+61 2 4234 1317 or +61 431 451 248) will be able to service Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and Jamberoo
  • Berry Vet Clinic (+61 4464 1899 or +61 2 4464 1516) will be able to service Berry, Kangaroo Valley and Fitzroy Falls
  • Southern Highlands Vet Centre (+61 4868 1310) will be able to service Burrawang, Robertson and Jamberoo
How do you process local community feedback?

Local residents and local business owners are invited to send us their questions and suggestions via email at info@letapeaustralia.com or to call us on (02) 8272 4580.

When we receive suggestions that can safely be implemented, we amend our traffic management to ensure the impact of the event on local traffic is reduced as much as possible. Based on the feedback we received so far, the following elements have been amended:

  • Coolangatta Road will be re-open between 09:20am and 09:30am towards Berry to allow local residents and local business to leave the area.
  • Traffic from Bundewallah Road towards Berry will resume as soon as the last convoy Police car passes by the junction between Bundewallah Road and Kangaroo Valley Road.
  • Traffic from Irvines Road to resume towards Berry as soon as the last convoy Police car turn left onto Tourist Road.
  • Contra-flow to be implemented on Coolangatta Road between Station Road and Old Creamery Road from 11:00am to allow access from and to Old Creamery Road.
  • Eastbound traffic on Bolong Road will be allowed until 8:30am (previously 7:00am).
Where can I ask my questions?

In order to maintain constant communication with local residents and local businesses, we have created a Local Community Facebook Group that you can join via this link. The traffic management plan presentation will be broadcast live on this Facebook group.

If you have any specific question you would like to ask, we invite you to send us an email at info@letapeaustralia.com or to call us on (02) 8272 4580.

L’Étape Australia has done a lot of work to aggregate as many local businesses contact details as possible, but please share this information with your fellow business owners in order for them to be informed and have the opportunity to contact us as well.

What are the next steps?

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France is committed to maintain a constant connection with local residents and local business owners to make sure everyone benefits from the event and has a good experience.

We are currently in the process of addressing every question, suggestion or query addressed to us via email. We will also circulate the local road closure map via a letterbox drop to ensure everyone has access to this information.

From Friday 12 February 2021, all the road closure information will be available on www.livetraffic.com.

Road Closures

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France replicates a stage of the Tour de France and all its attributes, including a fully closed road. The road closures offer the riders a unique experience, guarantee their safety and provide the local community with a unique opportunity to develop road-side animations, activities and cycling-related art installations that can be featured in the 26-minute documentary that will be aired nationally on SBS after the event.

The 5th edition of L’Étape Australia will use 181km of roads through Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands. We have worked in collaboration with the State Authorities and the Local Councils to gather as much local knowledge as possible and limit the impact of the event on local traffic. A comprehensive Traffic Management Plan (TMP) was developed, submitted to the State Authorities and the Local Traffic Committees. When the TMP was endorsed by these bodies, it was then submitted to the vote of each council and was subsequently approved.

You will find below an overview of the road closures that will be in place on Saturday 20 March 2021 as well as an interactive map and individual downloadable PDF local area maps. Please note that access for locals will be managed at dedicated points by traffic control and NSW Police when safe to do so while road closures are in place – see details below.

If you have any question regarding the road closures, please send us an email at info@letapeaustralia.com and we will come back to you shortly.

Road Closure and Local Access

Key roads along the course will begin closing from 4am with roads progressively reopening throughout the morning and afternoon as riders complete the stages of each course.

Access will be managed at designated locations to permit local residents and general motorists to travel across the course and around the road closures while the event is underway. Traffic controllers and Police will be on site to manage access when safe to do so.

Avoca
  • Sheepwash Road will be closed from the Illawarra Highway to Nowra Road from 6.30am until 2pm.
    • Local residents and motorists from Avoca and Burrawang can access the Illawarra Highway via Wildes Meadow Road and Walkers Road. Traffic controllers and Police will manage residents exiting these areas via right turn onto Sheepwash Road from Wildes Meadow Road then left turn onto Walkers Road where they can continue to Illawarra Highway.
Berry & Berry Mountain
  • Alexandra Street will be closed between Victoria Street and Station Road from 1am until 2pm for the Ride finish area.
    • Local resident access to Alexandra Street properties will be managed by traffic controllers and Police when safe to do so between 1am and 5am.
  • Coolangatta Road / Wharf Road will be closed from 5am until 2pm.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel north to Berry between 9:20am and 9:30am only.
  • Kangaroo Valley Road will be closed at Tourist Road from 5am until 12.30pm
    • Local residents and motorists can travel west along Kangaroo Valley Road until 7am.
    • Local residents on Huntingdale Park Road and surrounding streets can travel across Kangaroo Valley Road at the Huntingdale Park Road roundabout where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
  • Queen Street will be closed from 5am until 11am.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across Queen Street at Alexandra Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
    • Local traffic can continue to travel between Prince Alfred Street and Old Creamery Lane after 9.30am under stop/slow traffic conditions once the last cyclist has passed through Berry Town Centre.
    • Motorists travelling westbound to Berry from Gerringong should use the Queen Street off-ramp from the Princes Highway as the exit at Berry Bypass will be closed.
  • Station Road will be closed between Albany Street and Wharf Road from 5am until 2pm for the Ride finish area.
    • Local resident and motorists can access Berry Train Station via Albany Street will be managed by traffic controllers and Police when safe to do so
Bomaderry
  • Bolong Road will be closed between Gerroa Road and Shoalhaven Heads Road from 5am until 1.30pm.
    • The eastbound lanes of Bolong Road from Bomaderry to Shoalhaven Heads will be closed from 7am until 1.30pm. Access to Shoalhaven Heads from Bomaderry via the Princes Highway, Beach Road and Gerroa Road will be available after 9.30am.
    • The westbound lanes of Bolong Road will remain open for local residents and motorists to travel from Shoalhaven Heads to Bomaderry.
    • Local residents in Northview Close will be able to exit right onto Bolong Road.
    • Local residents in Shoalhaven Road will be able to turn left onto Bolong Road
  • Cambewarra Road will be closed between the Princes Highway and Railway Street from 7am until 12.30pm.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across Cambewarra Road at Meroo Road where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
    • Access to Bomaderry shops will be permitted under the direction of traffic controllers from the Princes Highway roundabout and Cambewarra Road. When exiting the shops motorists can only turn left at the roundabout.
    • No vehicle access will be available along Cambewarra Road past Farrelly Place/Bomaderry Shops.
    • Locals can also access Bomaderry shops from the Princes Highway.
  • Moss Vale Road will be closed from Barfield Road at Cambewarra to the Princes Highway at Bomaderry from 7am until 12.30pm.
    • Local residents from Elvin Drive access the Princes Highway. Traffic controllers and Police will manage vehicles turning left only onto Moss Vale Road then left onto the Princes Highway at the roundabout.
    • Motorists can continue to travel in both directions across the Princes Highway at the Moss Vale Road roundabout. No access to Moss Vale Road will be availble from the Princes Highway.
  • Railway Street will be closed from 7am until 12.30pm
Burrawang
  • The Illawarra Highway through Robertson will be closed from 7am until 3.30pm.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across the Illawarra Hwy at Meryla Street and at Caalong Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
    • Motorists will be able to travel eastbound from Robertson Pie Shop along Jamberoo Mountain Road until 9:15am
    • Access to Burrawang will be managed by traffic control and Police at the Illawarra Highway/Sheepwash Road roundabout from 7am to 3.30pm where motorists can travel along the eastbound lanes of the Illawarra Highway to Church Street for access to Burrawang.
    • Local residents from Wilson Road can turn right turn onto Illawarra Highway then right onto Church Street for access to Burrawang.
    • While the Illawarra Highway is closed motorists can continue to travel between Wollongong and the Southern Highlands via Macquarie Pass and Tourist Drive.
Cambewarra
  • Main Road will be closed between Tannery Road and Moss Vale Road from 7am until 12.30pm.
  • Moss Vale Road will be closed from Barfield Road at Cambewarra to the Princes Highway at Bomaderry from 7am until 12.30pm.
    • Local residents from Elvin Drive access the Princes Highway. Traffic controllers and Police will manage vehicles turning left only onto Moss Vale Road then left onto the Princes Highway at the roundabout.
    • Motorists can continue to travel in both directions across the Princes Highway at the Moss Vale Road roundabout. No access to Moss Vale Road will be availble from the Princes Highway.
Coolangatta
  • Coolangatta Road / Wharf Road will be closed from 5am until 2pm.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel north to Berry between 9:20am and 9:30am only.
Fitzroy Falls
  • Nowra Road will be closed from Fitzroy Falls to Barrengarry from 5.30am until 2pm
Gerringong
  • Crooked River Road will be closed from 5am until 9.30am.
  • Fern Street will be closed from 5am until 9.30am.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across Fern Street at Belinda Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
  • Changed traffic conditions will be in effect on the Princes Highway between Kiama and Gerringong from 4am until 10.30am.
    • Contraflow traffic arrangements will be in place with one lane of traffic maintained in each direction on the highway using the northbound lanes. A speed limit reduction of 40km/h will be in effect while all southbound lanes are closed.
Gerroa
  • Gerroa Road will be closed from 5am until 9.30am.
Jamberoo
  • Allowrie Street will be closed from 7am until 5pm.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across Allowrie Street at Minnamurra Lane where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
  • Churchill Street southbound lanes will be closed between Jamberoo Road and Allowrie Street from 7am until 5pm. Northbound lanes will remain open.
    • Local residents and motorists can continue to travel to and from Jamberoo via Churchill Street and Wyalla Road using the northbound lanes. Traffic controllers and Police will manage traffic in both directions under stop/slow conditions.
  • Jamberoo Mountain Road will be closed from 7am until 5pm.
    • Local access will be managed for residents travelling in both directions along Jamberoo Mountain Road between Churchill Street and Daltons Road until 9:15am
    • Access along Jamberoo Road, Allowrie Street and Churchill Street between Jamberoo Mountain Road and Fountaindale Road will be managed by traffic control and Police until 9:15am.
Kangaroo Valley
  • Cambewarra Lookout Road / Tourist Road will be closed from 5am until 12.30pm.
  • Moss Vale Road will be closed from Barrengarry (at Carters Road) through Kangaroo Valley to Cambewarra (at Barfield Road) from 5am until 12.30pm.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel in both directions along Moss Vale Road south of Cavan Road until 7:30am
Kiama
  • Farmer Street will be closed between Manning Street and Bourrool Street from 4am until 8.30am.
  • Sections of Manning Street will be closed throughout the day at various times:
    • A section of Manning Street between Barney Street and Farmer Street will be closed from 1am until 5pm for event start and finish areas.
    • Southbound lanes on Manning Street between Bong Bong Street and Barney Street will be closed from 4am until 5pm.
    • Both directions of Manning Street between Farmer Street and Bonnaira Street will be closed from 4am until 5pm.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across Manning Street at Barney Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
  • Changed traffic conditions will be in effect on the Princes Highway between Kiama and Gerringong from 4am until 10.30am.
    • Contraflow traffic arrangements will be in place with one lane of traffic maintained in each direction on the highway using the northbound lanes. A speed limit reduction of 40km/h will be in effect while all southbound lanes are closed.
  • South Kiama Drive between Saddleback Mountain Road and Marks Street will be closed from 4am until 5pm.
  • South Kiama Drive between Marks Street and the Princes Hwy will be closed from 4am until 9am.
    • Local residents in Hillview Circuit will have access to and from their properties after 09:00am under the direction of traffic controllers and Police when it’s safe to do so.
  • Taylor Street will be closed between Chapman Street and Farmer Street from 4am until 8.30am.
Robertson
  • The Illawarra Highway through Robertson will be closed from 7am until 3.30pm.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across the Illawarra Hwy at Meryla Street and at Caalong Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
    • Motorists will be able to travel eastbound from Robertson Pie Shop along Jamberoo Mountain Road until 9:15am
    • Access to Burrawang will be managed by traffic control and Police at the Illawarra Highway/Sheepwash Road roundabout from 7am to 3.30pm where motorists can travel along the eastbound lanes of the Illawarra Highway to Church Street for access to Burrawang.
    • Local residents from Wilson Road can turn right turn onto Illawarra Highway then right onto Church Street for access to Burrawang.
    • While the Illawarra Highway is closed motorists can continue to travel between Wollongong and the Southern Highlands via Macquarie Pass and Tourist Drive.
  • Hoddle Street westbound lanes to be closed between Caalong Street and The Old Road from 7am until 3:30pm. Eastbound lanes to remain open.
    • Local residents can continue to travel along Hoddle Street between Caalong Street and The Old Road in both directions using the eastbound lanes. Traffic controllers and Police will manage traffic in both directions under stop/slow conditions.
Saddleback Mountain
  • Saddleback Mountain Road will be closed between South Kiama Drive and Old Saddleback Mountain Road from 4am until 5pm
  • Saddleback Mountain Road / Fountaindale Road will be closed from 8.30am until 5pm.
Shoalhaven Heads
  • Bolong Road will be closed between Gerroa Road and Shoalhaven Heads Road from 5am until 1.30pm.
    • The eastbound lanes of Bolong Road from Bomaderry to Shoalhaven Heads will be closed from 7am until 1.30pm. Access to Shoalhaven Heads from Bomaderry via the Princes Highway, Beach Road and Gerroa Road will be available after 9.30am.
    • The westbound lanes of Bolong Road will remain open for local residents and motorists to travel from Shoalhaven Heads to Bomaderry.
    • Local residents in Northview Close will be able to exit right onto Bolong Road.
    • Local residents in Shoalhaven Road will be able to turn left onto Bolong Road

Please note that local streets surrounding these key roads will also be affected. For full road closure details and local access arrangements see the Transport for NSW interactive map – L’Etape 2021 below.

These details and real-time updates on closures and traffic conditions during the event can be found at www.livetraffic.com.

Parking restrictions

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect on key roads along the course in Kiama, Berry, Robertson and Jamberoo to provide additional lane capacity for the safety of the cyclists.

Special event clearways will be in effect on Saturday 20 March 2021 at the following times and locations:

Kiama – From 1am to 5pm:

  • Manning Street between Bong Bong St and Barney St (southbound only)
  • Manning Street between Barney St and Saddleback Mountain Rd (both sides)

Kiama – From 3am to 8.30am:

  • Manning Street between Terralong St and Bong Bong St (both sides)
  • Manning Street between Barney St and Bong Bong St (northbound only)

Berry – From 3am to 10am: Queen Street between Albany St and Prince Alfred St (both sides)

Robertson – From 5am to 2pm: Hoddle St between Wallangunda St and Camp St (both sides)

Jamberoo – From 5am to 2.30pm: Churchill St between Jamberoo Mountain Rd and Allowrie St (both sides)

What are special event clearways?

Clearways are strict no-parking zones and apply even to residents with local parking permits or Mobility Scheme permit holders. Check signs carefully (see image sample sign) as vehicles left in signposted clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your vehicle is towed from a clearway it will be relocated to a nearby legal parking space – call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701 to find its new location.

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