Development: Land values are high (partly because the
Lagoon and its bushland catchment are so appealing). Allowing
urban development to replace bushland would provide high economic
yield but once the bushland has gone, it cannot be replaced.
Each new urban block contributes to the "death by a thousand
cuts" of this valuable bushland area .
Living Proposals: Because of an unintended use of provisions
for seniors living, there have been encroachments into bushland
in the catchment that have resulted in elderly people living
in places that are subject to high bushfire risk. New laws
for bushfire protection, require that retirement living is
provided with a wide cleared area of land around each building
- resulting in further loss of bush.
Impact Recreation: Narrabeen Lagoon catchment's location
within a city of over 4m people with an increased level of
disposable income has made its bushland attractive for users
of 4WD vehicles and trail bikes. But, unfortunately, these
uses are destructive and the impacts need to be controlled.