February 9, 2013


The Christmas holiday period overtook many good intentions to communicate with everyone prior to Christmas.

WBA membership is now 55 households and we expect to welcome more. Many members continue to provide valuable services in kind, which is highly appreciated.

If you have not renewed your membership, please consider it now.

The annual membership fee is $30 per household.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Watsons Bay Association Inc.’ EFT payments may also be made direct to our account: ‘Watsons Bay Association Inc.’ at ANZ Bank, Rose Bay. BSB 012-396, Account No. 2033-56461.

Or click on http://watsonsbayassociation.org/join

The first edition of the WBA newsletter, ‘Bay News,’  was really well-received in the community and ongoing contributions will be welcomed, both for the newsletter as well as the website.

Transport and parking

Thanks to Catherine Boardman for convening a meeting of this group in December.

Mans Carlsson, a strong advocate for a commuter ferry for Watsons Bay, has produced an online survey and is correlating results - and distributing more letters. While Woollahra Council has endorsed the concept, there has been, at best, muted response from Sydney Ferries.

Recent commentary suggests that this newly part-privatised agency is more focused on internal efficiencies than introducing new services. There may be more prospects with private operators and Mans will be sounding out some of the companies.

There are, of course, consequences for local parking and bus services with a commuter service.

Flooding in Watsons Bay

Members will be aware of local flooding in Cliff Street, Military Road, the ‘lawnie’ and surrounding areas in June 2012. January rains also caused concern.

Council’s response to our June submission on the flooding is provided separately on the blog. It provides little comfort.

Georgia Stojanovic and Tim Williams have been active in engaging with Council and initiating action on a number of flooding issues, notably blocked drains. Thank you.

Cr Anthony Boskovitz has also been involved and commented in a recent email to Council staff:

I reiterate the cleaning of the sewerage drains.

Increasingly over the last 6 months I have noticed that there has been more and more debris on the street. I sometimes see the mechanical street sweepers and they are usually just pushing the mess elsewhere.

Can we look at this  issue and also the issue Georgia raised about ensuring our drains are being cleared, especially in areas like Watsons Bay where drainage has been an issue.


Following this intervention, Council staff cleared debris from drains and gutters around Camp Cove area and also made modifications to one of the stormwater drains in Camp Cove Reserve.

If you have been affected by floods and wish to be engaged in this issue, let us know so we can foster a collective effort to ensure the matter remains active in Council.  

Election of WBA President - 2013

As I noted at the AGM, I would like to step down as President of the WBA in April 2013. I plan to continue my contribution to the WBA but feel that after nearly two years in our establishment period, it is appropriate for someone else to take over as President.

An extract from our Constitution follows:
S6 (1) Nominations of candidates for election as office-bearers of the association or as ordinary committee members:
(a) must be made in writing, signed by 2 members of the association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of the nomination).
A simple letter of nomination, with signed consent, is all that is required.

Roger Bayliss
7 February 2013