Locals pooh-pooh ‘massive’ amenities block

Published:
28/01/2020

 

Mona Vale locals are fighting a proposal by Northern Beaches Council for a new, significantly larger beachfront public toilet and shower block.

The proposed 330sqm upgraded facility will house 12 toilets, additional shower cubicles, a unisex shower, and toilet and outdoor showers,

It also includes a lifeguard room and jet-ski storage area to be used by Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club.

Despite 80 per cent of the 146 comments submitted to Council supporting the plan, a petition has since been circulating online calling on Council to discard the plan.

The petition, which has garnered more than 500 signatures at time of writing, opposes the block based on the impact it will have on the beachfront amenity.

“While we appreciate upgrades and the efforts of our Council members, unfortunately this plan will completely change the beachfront of Mona Vale forever,” the petition states.

“This proposed oversized building, will potentially attract more tourists to live in their vans in the carpark and use the toilet block which will be bigger than any toilet block we know of on the East Coast of NSW.”

Organisers of the petition also claim the size of the structure may have significant impacts on the beach environment and cause erosion.

“North easterly and westerly winds which blow sand down towards the pool and northern area of the beach will be greatly affected, potentially re-shaping the beach and surf in ways we’re not yet aware of.”  

Council maintain an expanded amenities block is needed, as the proposed Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club redevelopment suggests the current clubhouse amenities be removed to make space for the 1000 plus nippers, members and community.

Council CEO Ray Brownlee told Peninsula Living the relocation of the lifeguards’ room to the expanded amenities block would give visibility over the beachfront, the rock pool and the basin and allow for faster response in the event of emergency.

Council says it will provide a revised design based on the feedback of community members and the surf club soon.

 

Author:
Stephanie Aikins, Journalist, Peninsula Living Magazine

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