Waverley mayor flags Covid-19 beach management plan

Bondi Beach in summer. Photo: Bondi Rescue Lifeguards/Facebook.

Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos has moved a mayoral minute on Covid-19 safety in the Waverley Council area, which includes some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches.

The mayoral minute, which was carried at this week’s council meeting, aims to “keep the community safe during the warmer months”, says Masselos, whose council overseas Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches, and the majority of the famous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

The minute states that a Covid-19 beach management plan has been developed and will be published in the near future.

“The plan includes significant communication on beach capacity and infrastructure, increased staffing and … escalation protocols to manage and restrict numbers and access, should numbers at our beaches and public open spaces be too great,” said Masselos in a media statement.

“The plan also involves working closely with other agencies including NSW Police, NSW Health, Transport for NSW, Surf Life Saving NSW, other councils and LGNSW to take a whole of system approach to managing beach numbers,” she said.

Promotion of social distancing and public health order compliance would be key components of the plan, she said, with Council actively trying to prevent large crowds of people from attending beaches.

“This is not going to be a normal summer and that is why we are continuing to ask people to limit public gatherings to 20 people as per the current Public Health Orders and to maintain social distancing in our public places at all times,” she said.

Masselos made special mention of Bondi Beach, which usually attracts millions of Sydneysiders and tourists to its golden shores over the warmer months, and is home to the world famous Bondi Lifeguards.

“Bondi is a popular place and with no Public Health Orders restricting travel in NSW, [we are] focusing on how we can help keep people safe when they are in our area.”

Waverley Council’s full COVID 19 Beach Management Plan for the 2020-21 spring and summer season will be released in the coming days.

Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos. Photo: Waverley Council.