Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk is closed

After careful consideration, including a risk assessment and close monitoring, Council made the difficult decision today to close the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk.

The decision has come after large numbers of people continued to visit our area despite our repeated calls for people to stay at home or find alternative places to exercise. There have also been some behavioral issues with people ignoring signs and Ranger instructions. Waverley’s beaches, including Mackenzie’s Bay, remain closed until further notice.

The Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos said the decision to close the Coastal Walk was in the interest of public safety.

“Unfortunately, closing the coastal walk was the only way the Council could help ensure that Public Health Orders could be maintained along the walk. Council is trying to balance the needs of our community, but we need our residents and visitors to adhere to social distancing in our public spaces,” said Mayor Masselos.

The Council is now in the process of closing access points to the coastal walk and is installing additional signage and barricades. Council Rangers have the power to fine people who trespass in areas that the Council has signposted as closed.

“I appreciate that this temporary closure will be met with frustration from some residents. I also appreciate how important it is for people to be able to exercise for mental health. I encourage people to be a tourist in their own suburb and find places to exercise on other streets and parks.

“If we all follow Public Health Orders then we may be in the position to reopen the coastal walk. In the meantime, I thank the community for their patience during this challenging time. We are all in this together.”