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Elite suburb to lose reserved parking to allow visitors access to beach

He said there were other harbour swimming sites near Shark Beach, including the netted Redleaf Pool in Double Bay and Watsons Bay Baths.

Sydney Water will begin construction on a new pumping station at Parsley Bay, also in Vaucluse, in early 2024, which is designed to end the pumping of raw sewage into the ocean.

A Sydney Water spokesman said access to Parsley Bay beach would not be affected during the three-year construction period, but a council spokesman said it could further impact other swimming locations in the eastern suburbs.

“Council will be investigating opportunities for new harbour swimming sites over the next 12 months,” he said.

However, he said the NSW government has to approve any new harbour pools.


The council’s traffic committee last week recommended replacing residents-only parking spaces on a number of streets in Watsons Bay with timed parking restrictions to encourage parking turnover.

The committee rejected calls from residents to retain parking spaces for their use only as inconsistent with the requirement to provide equitable access to parking for other motorists.

Residents have also complained in council surveys about the lack of enforcement of existing parking restrictions – although the council’s traffic committee said more than 900 parking fines had been issued in six weeks over summer.

They also blame parking problems on trades vehicles associated with construction work at the HMAS Watson navy base.


Woollahra councillor Harriet Price said competition for parking was a “real challenge” in Watsons Bay.

“Some parking arrangements in Watsons Bay are most unique, effectively providing exclusive parking for residents only,” she said.

Price said the council was also trying to persuade private schools to open their swimming pools to the public.

“I hope they can come on board to benefit the broader community,” she said.

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