Have your say: Management of unattended watercraft around our waterways

26 Oct 2022

The Sutherland Shire Council has announced it is updating its Policy relating to unattended watercraft, which relates to multiple crafts being left in public reserves without approval.

Like many of you, we know how amazing our waterways are and how our members and visitors to the Club love to get out and enjoy a day on the water. Almost everyone stores their dinghies/tenders at home, however there are a small number of watercraft that are being left in public reserves without approval. This not only impacts our environment but also the usability of public spaces surrounding our beautiful foreshore and waterways.

We understand dinghies and similar watercraft are mostly commonly used as a tender to a moored boat or for personal recreation. The RMYC Port Hacking would like to take this opportunity to encourage the local community to have their say and seek consultation with existing boating and sailing clubs, and local public and private marinas within the Sutherland Shire to work together to find practical solutions that resolve the issue.

Local clubs, commercial and private groups and public waterfront facilities around the local foreshore could consider creating affordable community facilities and designated watercraft storage areas that are available for rent and access by Sutherland Shire residents. Working together to create mutually beneficial solutions and keep our waterways clear of clutter for all to enjoy, is the ideal outcome.

Have your say:

The Sutherland Shire are seeking feedback on the management of unattended watercraft on public land and foreshores across the Sutherland Shire. You can provide feedback until 2 November 2022:

Following community consultation, Council will review and consider all feedback before finalising the Policy for adoption by Council.

Let’s be constructive and proactive about a solution that benefits everyone. Have your say today!


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