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Meeting current and future life saving needs

We are seeking feedback on a proposed amendment to the Dee Why Lagoon Wildlife Refuge Plan of Management (2002) that would authorise a future extension of the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club building.

The amendment includes provisions for additional storage and a balcony on the northern end of the building. The extra space is required to accommodate surf life saving equipment and surf craft. No other changes to the Plan of Management (PoM) are proposed.

The surf club building is in the area of the Wildlife Refuge categorised as General Community Use and the proposal is in keeping with the core objectives and values of the area.

Share your feedback today by:

  • completing the submission form below
  • emailing us at council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
  • writing to us marked 'Proposed amendment to Dee Why Lagoon Wildlife Refuge PoM' Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly 1655.

Submissions close Friday 19 March 2021.


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If you'd like to know more about the proposed amendment to the Dee Why Lagoon Wildlife Refuge PoM and why we need it, please view the info and images below.

The Dee Why Lagoon Wildlife Refuge Plan of Management, 2002 (PoM) applies to the land on which the surf club building is located. An amendment to the PoM is required to permit the proposal for storage and a balcony.

The Wildlife Refuge includes the lagoon and surrounding natural area, dunes and beach as well as the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club building (the surf club building), car park, amenities, James Meehan Reserve and playground.

It is bounded by Pittwater Road to the north/west and Long Reef Beach to the north. The Wildlife Refuge is made up of a combination of Community Land, Crown Land and Crown Reserve (Attachment 1).

The surf club building stands on Community Land and is categorised as General Community Use.

The proposed amendment is in keeping with the core objectives of the area of the Wildlife Refuge categorised as General Community Use as well as the identified Recreation, Education, Social and Heritage values.

The current PoM Management Action 63 allowed for a previous extension to the surf club building. The development works described in the existing Action have been completed.

The following amendment to Action 63 details the Club’s current proposal:

  • This Plan of Management expressly authorises an extension to the northern end of the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club building of not more than 6.5 metres by 14 metres on the ground floor for storage space and 6.5 by 17 metres for a balcony overhead. There is to be no roof or screening on the balcony in order to retain ocean views and amenity from the surrounding area. The Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club building is to remain a two storey building. Safe general public pedestrian access around the building is to be integrated into the design.
  • Development is for the purposes of Club storage particularly for surf life saving equipment and surf craft and a balcony to meet the current and future needs of the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club.

Due to the geographical constraints of the site, which has an access road and public amenities to the north, no further extensions, other than those currently proposed, are likely to be permitted. No other changes to the PoM are proposed.

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Feel free to contact us:

Name Parks and Recreation
Phone 1300 434 434 (during business hours)
Email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
In writing

'Proposed amendment to Dee Why Lagoon Wildlife Refuge PoM', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655.