The Gap Bluff Development

 Today's view at South Head National Park includes bushland and harbour 

Today's view at South Head National Park includes bushland and harbour 

 Buses and cars will block iconic harbour views from Gap Bluff 

Buses and cars will block iconic harbour views from Gap Bluff 

 Parking will block paths and public access on the site 

Parking will block paths and public access on the site 

This is a bad proposal and a horrible process and we must stop it.
— Member for Vaucluse, Gabrielle Upton MP speaking as the local member for Vaucluse in 2015

The "revised" proposal does nothing to reactivate the National Park

The August 2018 proposal is a "revised" version of a 2015 proposal from the Dockside Group.  The "revised" proposal still plans to double the size and capacity of Gap Bluff’s existing function centre and build pathways through the national parkland to link it to accomodation on historic Camp Cove beach. Dockside will have the right to run this massive precinct for more than 20 years and offers no enhancement or improved public access to the National Park

Any development must adhere to the South Head plan of management stated aims to :
“conserve the natural values of the park” 
“improve access to the park for all”.
“ celebrate and nurture contemporary and traditional Aboriginal culture”
None of these aims are addressed in this proposal 

Despite many other original proposals, which were more sympathetic, National Parks is only considering the Dockside Group proposal. Dockside has no experience in managing culturally or environmentally significant sites and the scheme includes no historic activation or interpretation of these important sites for the general public. 
Dockside operates large venues at entertainment precincts including Darling Harbour and The Rocks - with capacity for 4,100 and 3,000 people respectively. This is not the right partner for a development in such a delicate site, and National Park.

The Office of Environment & Heritage plans to still lease the six National Park buildings for exclusive commercial use by the Dockside Group, reducing public access to the magnificent Gap Bluff park on South Head .

The development will bring more than 400 extra guests a day to the tranquil headland, into two venues operating from 8:30 am until midnight, 7 days a week.

The noise, traffic and parking issues caused by this development will have a major impact on public amenity, heritage, environment, traffic, noise and public safety. 

There is NO management plan addressing the noise, traffic or environmental impacts of the Dockside proposal. There is one road into Watsons Bay and a narrow circuit of one-way streets. Already there is weekend capacity for over 4,000 party guests within five venues. Increasing this will funnel more traffic into the small maze of streets and compromise emergency services attending incidents at The Gap

THE APPROVAL PROCESS

NSW State Government is the sole consent authority, but legislation dictates they must consult the local Council prior to approval. Woollahra Council’s Department Control Committee rejected the proposal on 15 counts in 2015

Minister for Environment and Heritage Gabrielle Upton will make the decision on this development. 

You can stop this development by lodging an objection by September 6, 2018.  Have your say and help #savesouthhead now!

a problematic PRoposal

The Dockside Group operate high-volume, large-scale venues at Darling Harbour and the Rocks and are proposing to double the size and capacity at Gap Bluff’s existing function centre and link it to  historic cottages that bookend Camp Cove beach. This proposal includes no activation or reinterpretation of the National Park for the general public.

You can stop this development by lodging an objection by September 6, 2018.  Have your say and help #savesouthhead now!

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The full plans and associated review of environmental factors are available at the Office of Environment and Heritage