Wattamolla draft Master Plan on public exhibition

The public is invited to have their say on a draft Master Plan which outlines a number of proposed improvements to the visitor precinct at Wattamolla in Royal National Park.

Wattamolla Providential Point, Royal National Park

NPWS Regional Manager, Gary Dunnett said the concepts were placed on public exhibition today until 3 June 2016 and they are hoping everyone will get online to have their say.

"The aim of the draft Plan is to safeguard the natural elements of the site and improve visitor facilities such a new carpark, picnic area and campground, a food kiosk, improved toilet facilities and new walking tracks to link into the Royal Coast Track," Mr Dunnett said.

"With its freshwater lagoon, waterfall, beach and stunning coastal scenery, Wattamolla attracts over 300,000 visitors per year and is one of the most popular destinations in Royal National Park.

"On busy days over 4,000 people visit Wattamolla. With such large numbers the current car park and waste water disposal system reaches capacity and unfortunately this often leads to the closure of the road to the precinct.

"The draft Master Plan introduces a number of safe and sustainable options to manage increasing visitor numbers whilst protecting the site's natural and cultural features.

"The options set out in the Plan range from redesigning Wattamolla's waste water system to concepts that provide safe pedestrian and vehicle access and parking.

"One option is an online car space booking system for peak days, similar to how people book camp sites.

"On busy days visitors are often turned away at the park gates when the site is full leading to disappointment, particularly if other family members are already in the park.

"We want visitors to have a good experience, which is why the online car space booking system is being explored, and to provide visitors with certainty of access.

"As visitor safety is a priority, we're also looking at ways to strengthen safety particularly around the precinct's cliff lines.

"One idea to reduce the number of injuries caused by cliff jumping is to install a 'zip-line' experience, designed and installed by an independent operator, helping to provide a safer environment by reducing unrestricted access to the cliff edge during key visitation times."

Mr Dunnett said NPWS worked with key stakeholders on prior consultation which fed into the draft Master Plan.

"We anticipate significant interest in this draft Plan and we invite the community to be part of Wattamolla's improvements by having their say in this public consultation which closes on 3 June 2016.

Following public exhibition of the draft Master Plan, NPWS will consider community and stakeholder feedback and prepare a final Master Plan for the site.

To view the Master Plan and to make comment visit the draft Wattamolla Master Plan web page.

Contact: Gabrielle Last