Pittwater Life February 2017 Issue

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Fix for ‘damaging’

Lagoon boat storage

Northern Beaches Council

will build new secure

boat storage racks this year

around Narrabeen Lagoon

to address the increase in

demand to store watercraft

and reduce watercraft

dumping, overcrowding and

dangerous boat storage

practises.

Council General Manager

Mark Ferguson said the new

facilities, which will see the

introduction of mandatory

permits for storage, would

help protect the sensitive

Lagoon environment.

A similar boat storage

system is already in place

around Pittwater’s foreshore.

“It has become so

overcrowded that some boat

owners have been unable to

retrieve their boats because

other boats have been

stacked on top of theirs,”

he said.

“Boats are also being

dumped on sensitive

riparian vegetation,

damaging it. This vegetation

is important for habitat and

also for stabilising the bank

of the Lagoon.”

Council will place notices

on watercraft around the

Lagoon advising owners of

the changes and inviting

them to register their

interest to purchase a permit

and receive an allocated

position. The current cost of

the annual permit is $75.

Once the facilities are

in place, watercraft without

permits will be removed and

stored at Council’s compound.

Uncollected watercraft may be

disposed of.

Council will also

undertake a clean-up of

the foreshore and will

remove all old, broken and

discarded vessels.

For applications

email watercraft@

northernbeaches.nsw.gov.

au or contact Council’s

Property Officer on

9970 1111.

News

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