Water and Our Harbour

In This Section

Our Coastal Connection

The Woollahra Council area contains 16 kilometres of harbour foreshore, consisting of rocky headlands, coastal cliffs and beaches. Our five significant waterways, Parsley Creek, Cooper Park Creek, Vaucluse Creek, Rushcutters Creek and Rose Bay Creek drain into both Sydney Harbour (95%) and the Tasman Sea (5%).

These coastal connections mean we have a significant privilege and responsibility to protect and enhance our coastal areas, and do our best to ensure the water that drains from our catchment into the harbour is as clean as possible.

There are many interconnected ways we can engage in management of the water cycle - from becoming more water efficient, to managing our stormwater flows, to improving stormwater quality. To find out more about how we are doing this, take a look at our projects.


Our Water Targets

holdsworth_tanks_250Council has developed an Environmental Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP) which details Council’s targets and commitments in relation to five key priority action areas (energy & emissions, water, biodiversity, waste, transport).

Our water targets are:

  • 50% reduction of 2005/2006 levels of water consumption (from mains) by 2025
  • Stormwater or rainwater harvesting systems installed on all major Council assets by 2025

Read the full Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.

Councils Biodiversity Conservation Strategy also contains the following targets relating to our coastal zone:

  • Creeks and waterways meet ANZECC Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality
  • Existing native vegetation buffers along all waterways maintained through to 2020 Woollahra

Our Projects

rose_bay_promenade_250Council is undertaking a range of projects to protect and enhance our water and coast.

Find out more about our projects.

Upcoming events

  • New Holland Honeyeater

    Join local birding guide Renee Ferster Levy for a morning walk spotting birds in the beautiful surrounds of Nielsen Park.

    Sunday 23 October 2022, 7:30am-9:30am ()

    Nielson Park, Steele Point Road & Vaucluse Road, Vaucluse NSW