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Don't let National Parks turn Watsons Bay into Darling Harbour

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The National Park and Wildlife Service has released a proposal by Christopher Drivas' Dockside Group to run a restaurant in a heritage building on Camp Cove offering breakfast, lunch and dinner for hundreds of people a day. The plan includes doubling the size of this delicate heritage building and an extension of the Gap Bluff function centre to cater for up to 1000 people a day at parties, weddings and conferences.


The three venues will be linked by shuttle buses and a new footpath, constructed in pristine National Park , to allow guests to move between the venues day and night . The same developer will include complementary accommodation for party guests in heritage cottages at either end of Camp Cove beach and on Gap Bluff.

The lack of imagination by NPWS in proposing this as the ONLY option for six buildings is staggering. The scale of this proposal and its impact on visitors and residents is overwhelming for a residential area which already has seven venues, with an existing capacity for 2000 guests. 

Dockside's proposal will take the public amenity of Sydney's most historic beach and our most scenic National Park, and restrict access to those that can afford to pay for these facilities. The peace and tranquillity of this special place will be shattered for the public and lost for ever. The proposal offers no additional parking, no adequate soundproofing and no relief from the traffic that will be caused by this massive overdevelopment. the thousands more guests coming to Watsons Bay. 

The local community and the millions of Australians and tourists who visit this magical, historic site call on the Minister to reject this over development in our National Park and our favourite beach.

We call on Minister Speakman, Premier Mike Baird and our local MP Attorney General Gabrielle Upton to save Watsons Bay from over development, preserve our access to Sydney's most historic National Park and preserve Camp Cove's historic Constable's Cottage from being destroyed. Public amenity is more important than the profits of a venue operator 

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