Small Water Craft Storage Strategy Discussion Paper

Council is developing a Small Water Craft Storage Strategy (SWCSS) to ensure that in the future, water craft stored on public land on the harbour foreshore are managed effectively and equitably, for the benefit of water craft owners, and for the convenience and enjoyment of the wider community who wish to access and use North Sydney’s foreshore parks for recreation.

At its meeting of 22 May 2017, Council endorsed public exhibition of the

Small Water Craft Storage Strategy Discussion Paper (3MB)

The SWCSS Discussion Paper sets out Council’s aims, objectives and a series of principles that will guide the future of privately-owned water craft stored on public land around the North Sydney foreshores. It aims to provide residents, ratepayers, stakeholders and the wider community with an understanding of these objectives and principles, and to provoke thought and generate discussion about current issues with small water craft storage in North Sydney.

We would appreciate any thoughts, comments, suggestions and ideas you may have regarding the issues raised in this Discussion Paper. Your feedback will help ensure that the final SWCSS is not only a reflection of Council’s obligations regarding the management of public open space, but also of community wants and needs.

In particular, we are seeking input into the development of procedures for:

  • registering all water craft stored on public foreshore land in North Sydney
  • relocating or removing unauthorised water craft from public foreshore land in North Sydney
  • identifying and prioritising sites capable of accommodating additional storage facilities.

How Can I Comment?

We encourage you to tell us your thoughts and ideas by:

  • Send us your feedback online: Feedback Form
                                           closes 28 July 2017
  • Email us at:
  • Write to: General Manager
                     North Sydney Council
                     PO Box 12, North Sydney 2059

The Next Steps

Once the public exhibition and submission period has closed, a report will be prepared, detailing the content of all submissions received. Depending upon the content of the submissions, it may be appropriate to undertake further consultation prior to amending and finalising the SWCSS.

This further consultation could take the form of a public workshop, meetings with stakeholder groups or discussions with (willing) individual submitters. Recommendations as to the best future course of action (based on the feedback received) will be provided in the report to Council, and information about further consultation processes will then be posted here.


There will be further opportunities for the community and stakeholders to be involved in the implementation of the SSWCS as the individual actions set out in the Matrix section of the document are addressed in coming years.


Document Library

Public Exhibition of the Small Water Craft Storage Strategy Discussion Paper (4MB)
Council report 22 May 2017

Hayes Street Beach Small Private Water Craft Storage (4MB)
Council report 21 March 2016

Water Based Recreation Need Study - 2006 (315KB)


Project Background

Council's Recreation Needs Study 2015 identified that there was a high level of community demand for water-based recreation activities. It found there was a need to create opportunities for increased participation in water based recreation, including providing additional opportunities to store light vessels (boards, dinghies and kayaks) where possible.

Council currently has 8 formal storage facilities for small water craft. With the exception of the dinghy racks in Kurraba Reserve, all these facilities are at capacity, and all have waiting lists. In addition, the North Sydney foreshores are dotted with numerous dinghies, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUP’s). While this informal storage has been generally condoned as contributing to the character and diversity of the harbour foreshores, the dramatic increase in the number of water craft in recent years (due to increasing affordability of kayaks and SUP’s and the lack of formal storage facilities) has created a number of problems.

Publicly-owned open space around the foreshores of Sydney Harbour is not only in limited supply, but it is in high demand for a wide variety of recreational pastimes. While Council is committed to providing opportunities for water-based recreation around the harbour foreshore, including space and facilities where small water craft may be stored, Council’s primary obligation is to ensure the general public is able to access and use publicly-owned foreshore open space for general recreation purposes.

In March 2016 Council resolved to undertake a full review of small water craft current and potential storage opportunities (both formal and informal) across the local government area, in order to determine a range of appropriate upgrading, improvement and new works, and to identify priority locations for storage. This Discussion Paper is the result.

Posted on 22 June 2017

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