Published On 08 April 2020 at 06:00 PM
Sutherland Shire Council has received a strong recommendation from NSW Police, NSW Health, NSW Fire & Rescue to keep Bate Bay beaches and carparks closed over the Easter long weekend.
Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce has confirmed that Council would abide by this recommendation from expert agencies and close the Bate Bay beaches and car parks this Easter.
The step is to ensure the public safety of the local community and ensure that the mass gathering and social distancing laws are complied with over the four day holiday period.
“Overall our local community have shown a commendable level of compliance with Federal and State Government health and social distancing measures in recent weeks, but following very the strong advice from NSW Police and NSW Health, and other authorities we will now be taking additional measures to deter crowds over the holiday break,” Mayor Pesce said.
From midnight Thursday, 9 April to midnight Monday 13 April, Greenhills Beach, Wanda Beach, Elouera Beach, North Cronulla Beach, Cronulla Beach, Shelley Park Beach and Oak Park Beach will all be closed.
“We know that enjoying our spectacular beaches and waterways is a way of life for local residents, and we certainly do not take lightly the decision to close these public areas, even for a short time, but we do accept and abide by the recommendations given to us” he added.
“The reality is we must take additional measures over this period to deter those who are not listening to the Federal and State Government guidelines on the Coronavirus pandemic and keeping all in our community safe.”
Council will also begin to barricade the following car parks from 7am on Thursday, allowing adequate time for clearance of the cars parked prior to the midnight closure;
• Don Lucas Reserve Carpark
• Mitchell Rd/Murdoch St, Wanda Carpark
• Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club Carpark.
• Prince Street and North Cronulla SLSC Carparks
• Gerrale Street, Cronulla carpark
• Hungry Point Carpark
Roadside signage has also been rolled out across various suburbs to inform the general public of the beach and carpark closures over Easter. Fencing will also be installed to restrict pedestrian access to the Esplanade between Cronulla Beach and North Cronulla Beach.
“We're so grateful our community have continued to do the right thing, we know how much beaches mean to our residents and they're a part of the fabric of our community, but in this instance we’re acting on the very strong recommendation and request of authorities in order to keep our community as safe as possible.
“As we have already observed across the Sutherland Shire in recent weeks, I would urge all those who are outdoors over the Easter break to continue to do the right thing, observe social distancing restrictions and abide by any instruction from NSW Police or our Council staff respectfully and courteously.
“It brings us no joy to have to impose these extraordinary measures, but it’s important to remember they are there for a reason – to keep you, your family, friends and the wider community safe as we continue to deal with the unprecedented and deadly threat of coronavirus.”
Car parking closures do not apply to on-street parking.
Other open space areas including parks, reserves and other off-leash dog areas outside of Bate Bay will remain open across our suburbs. Refer to map below for specific closures.
For information on access to Boat Harbour 4WD Park, please contact the private operators on 02 9668 9313.
For information on access to National Parks, please visit; NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service nationalparks.nsw.gov.au