With NBN rollout picking up pace on the Western Foreshores it’s time to offer heartfelt thanks to WPCA Secretary Mel Broughton, who has been our much-needed liaison with NBN. Anyone who has received her regular, highly detailed updates is eternally grateful.
At the same time, Mel, WPCA President Michael Wiener and committee members have been keeping tabs and taking action on many other projects that affect the community deeply.
This is far from an exhaustive list, but the WPCA committee has recently been involved in liaison, meetings and submissions relating to Ausgrid’s West Pittwater Reliability Project, the Thomas Stephens Reserve upgrade, fire trail maintenance, contentious repairs at West Head Lookout and development applications and liquor licence applications relating to the Pasadena.
The ever-present issue of parking at Church Point continued to have the committee’s attention and advocacy. An onsite meeting between committee members and Northern Beaches Council resulted in an agreement to provide one additional public parking space near Holmeport Marina, improved drainage at Rostrevor Reserve, greater enforcement of parking restrictions at the Commuter Wharf loading bay and consideration of additional areas to be reserved for holders of Church Point parking permits overnight.
Much effort went into a submission to Northern Beaches Council on its new Local Environment Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP). Council is now reviewing about 350 comments since submissions closed on September 5. Until now NBC has managed planning controls in line with plans adopted by the former councils who now constitute Northern Beaches Council. Council is currently developing a single LEP and DCP, which it maintains “will be mainly based on existing controls and does not seek to increase building heights or densities in residential areas, except as provided for by the Northern Beaches Local Housing Strategy, which identifies a need for only 275 additional dwellings within the next 15 years.”
Council will exhibit a draft LEP and DCP in mid 2022.
Thanks in particular to Michael Wiener, Karen Lambert and Lisa Atkins in the preparation of WPCA’s submission.
And on September 14 committee members took part in an online workshop to discuss Northern Beaches Council’s Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study. The meeting was called to give participants a chance to assess options for alleviating overcrowding at Commuter Wharf and for Council to hear locals’ concerns.