Water and Coast
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.
Coastal Zone Management Planning
Woollahra is in the process of preparing two Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) for our Local Government Area. The first will be an estuarine component that looks at Sydney Harbour as a whole to identify holistic solutions in a catchment wide approach. The second will be developed in partnership with Waverley and Randwick councils and focus on our open ocean coastal environment. Together, these programs will identify key coastal threats and risks, develop targeted management actions and identify an implementation schedule to deliver on the necessary actions.
To find out more about Woollahra’s CMP process email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Water Targets
Council 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
Council is undertaking a range of projects to protect and enhance our water and coast.
Find out more about our projects.