Stop Proposed North Narrabeen Headland Rockpool Commercialisation
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NO COMMERCIALISATION OF NARRABEEN HEADLAND
Northern Beaches Council is proposing to renovate and upgrade the facilities at the North Narrabeen Rock Pool, which is long overdue.
Unfortunately, they are also proposing to expand the building to include a commercial café with extensive outside seating, in what is a unique recreational, environmental, and heritage area.
The Northern Beaches is the most outstanding coastline of any capital city anywhere in the world. For 30km from Manly to Palm Beach, we have continuous beach and headland, with every headland a public park. These headlands were declared decades ago and maintained in a natural condition - the councils which declared them had vision and foresight. It would be an act of environmental vandalism by Northern Beaches Council to allow a commercial facility now.
There are already 6 cafes in the immediate area of the Lake entrance, without creating another on public reserve land, one which will inevitably need ratepayer subsidy to survive.
The existing amenities need renovation as a matter of urgency, and the use and enjoyment of the area should be facilitated, including recreational swimming, access to the lagoon, learning to swim and the swimming clubs. However, this should not include another cafe or kiosk, in the middle of this iconic public area which is surrounded by the following unique assets:
• Heritage Listed Rock Pool
• North Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve
• North Narrabeen Surf Break; a National Surfing Reserve
• Council Reserve and Picnic Area.
• North Narrabeen Surf Beach
• North Narrabeen Headland Reserve and Coastal Walk
• Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park and Coastal Environment Centre.
Comments with NBC close 31 January - sign this petition before then to have your voice heard.
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