Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study: submissions invited
The Church Point Commuter Wharf Feasibility Study presents the assessed options for alleviating overcrowding of boats at this important local commuter hub. Submissions close: Mon 26 September.
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Letter from Church Point Friends re the Wharf Feasibility Study
CPF COMMENTS ON OPTIONS
Project scope and background need to refer to and appreciate the objectives for the waterfront design contained within the gazetted masterplan and implemented to date. This impacts all residents both on and offshore, residents immediately above the commuter wharf and visitors to Church Point who come to enjoy the Pittwater waterfront and proximity of the National Park.
The Church Point waterfront is being consumed by commercial activities. While these create a lively waterfront there needs to be a balance inf we are to retain the essential character of this unique area.
While 300 commuter dinghy permits exist it is appreciated that many residents are now working from home, not only during Covid Lockdown but increasingly as a lifestyle choice. Senior residents are now eligible for free ferry travel. The demand for tinny time up at any one time is considerably lower than the number of permits issued. Like car parking at Church Point demand management measures need to be considered for tinny tie ups before committing to extensive infrastructure.
Options 1a and 1b
• Creates a cluttered marina waterfront impacting on outlook and public enjoyment of the Pittwater waterfront
• Has not received full support at masterplan stage • Requires relocation of moorings which will result in substantial delay and possible compensation
(Refer to discussions regarding relocation of ferry pontoon)
Option 2a Rostrevor
• Subject to retention of waterfront park amenity and modified design to reduce conflict with use of beachfront, cargo wharf and park for passive recreation. Current layout impacts amenity of the public reserve.
• Already proven as a workable location when used for temporary tie up during construction of the current commuter wharf.
Option 2b Church Point Reserve Headland
• Fails to address approved masterplan objectives for this area as a recreational waterfront park
• Conflict with seagrasses previously identified to be retained and not subject to infill or damage from boat motors
Will intensify parking demand at this location
Option 3a Rowland Reserve
SUPPORTED for consideration as additional dispersal subject to uptake from offshore residents
Option 3b McCarss Creek Reserve
• The Reserve is not as secure a location at night time and is distant from amenities and offshore bays.
• Low knot zone among moored boats from here to Church Point increases travel times
• McCarrs Creek reserve is a much used and loved recreational area used for picnicking,loading and unloading watercraft, fishing, swimming and passive recreation. This is considered an incompatible use.
Option 3b Bayview Baths
SUPPORTED for consideration as additional dispersal subject to uptake from offshore residents. Some commuter craft are currently using this location.
Limited parking will have an impact on number of tie ups.
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