Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Association


We are people living in the villages of Wagstaffe, Pretty Beach, Hardys Bay, Killcare and Killcare Heights on the Bouddi Peninsula of NSW’s Central Coast. This is one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Australia and, being a relatively isolated area, a unique sense of community has developed over time.

The aims of our Association are to preserve & protect that beautiful environment, both natural & built; to preserve the low-density residential nature of the area; to promote environmental awareness; to maintain the principles of ecologically sustainable development; and to build and strengthen community bonds. If you are a local resident we invite you to join us and become involved with our community in pursuit of these aims. ... read more about us

Also, under licence from Central Coast Council, the Association manages & maintains the Wagstaffe Community Hall & the Turo Park Tennis Court. Both these facilities are available for hire. The Hall is well equipped and is an excellent venue for weddings, parties, meetings etc.
... read more about Hall & Court  Hire


President’s Notes – July 2020

Reopening of Wagstaffe Hall

With the further relaxation of restrictions on Community Halls and small group events, we are pleased to report that Wagstaffe Hall is now available for use by the community provided that various COVID-Safe practices are followed. Our regular hirers have been informed of requirements and may resume activities once they have made arrangements with their respective groups. Some may choose to hold off for a little while to see how the general situation develops, but that is fine. We are starting to see further event enquiries and inspections ramp up as well, and these will all be made well aware of the various requirements in place currently. These may be eased further closer to their event time, but all are very conscious of doing the right thing.

The hall itself has had some maintenance work undertaken by a band of volunteers led by Ian Bull. Our thanks go to Ian and Dave Loker and in particular to Ken Tough who has done a sterling job for us.

Pretty Beach Pool

In our last newsletter we mentioned the potential for Council to remove the pool at Pretty Beach. We have had no further news on this at the time of going to press, but thanks to all members of the community who have shared their views with us on the matter. As can be expected, many would like to see it remediated as part of a general beautification of the Pretty Beach shoreline. Several have indicated a preference for complete removal, while a middle ground would love to retain the piers to keep a perch for the sea birds. As the only readily accessible salt water pool on the Bouddi Peninsula, there are certainly grounds to consider a remediation option, provided it was sustainable, attractive and usable. It certainly presents a sad and unattractive sight at present.

We believe Council will conduct a more formal consultation process on their options and intentions, and we would encourage you to respond if you have a view.


WTKCA will be holding our AGM in the Wagstaffe Hall on Monday July 13, at 7:30pm. We will cover our formal agenda for this event first, then move on to general business. We have not met as a community in this forum for over 3 months so there are a wealth of topics to address. All members are most welcome to partici-pate. The hall has capacity to accommodate 30 of us complying with the 4 m² rule, and these numbers are with-in the guidelines set by NSW Health. We will email any further advice closer to the date. 

























WTKCA PRESS RELEASE - Ferry Service resumes 19 Nov 2018

We were delighted that on Monday 19 November at 5:50am ferry services to Wagstaffe and Ettalong finally resumed.  Over the next three hours or so there was a good contingent of local supporters on the wharf to meet the ferry, as well as a growing number of passengers becoming reacquainted with their ferry service.  We also had political representation for the 9:20am service, led by local member Adam Crouch. 

Never again should we experience this disruption”, said Peta Colebatch, WTKCA President, “we call on our local state members and councillors to ensure long term maintenance of the waterway and an agreed funding arrangement to avoid the recent nonsense over responsibility”.

To that end the Peninsula Waterways Committee chaired by our own Mike Allsop are drawing together the collective efforts of several interest groups around Brisbane Water to consolidate the case for long term actions in the interests of all waterways users.  They will also keep residents on both sides of the waterway properly informed as to the positions advised by the various levels of government.  WTKCA strongly supports this approach.  Any views from our community can be sent to Mike and the Waterways Committee via our WTKCA email address - secretary.wtkca@gmail.com

Pic: First arrival at Wagstaffe Wharf at 05:50am

Friday 16 November 2018: The NRMA can today announce that the popular Palm Beach to Wagstaffe and Ettalong ferry service run by Fantasea will resume operation commencing Monday.

The NRMA announced its acquisition of Fantasea last month and is now the largest privately owned ferry service in Sydney and the Central Coast. It also owns Manly Fast Ferry.

The 30-minute service, which carries around 3,800 commuters and tourists weekly, was halted in May for safety concerns due to rapid deterioration and shoaling of the channel.

Dredging operations have been conducted by the NSW Government and as of last week Fantasea vessels have conducted several trials to ensure commuters could again use the service safely.  

The NRMA and Fantasea have worked closely with local stakeholder groups and Council since the NRMA announced its acquisition of Fantasea to ensure the service is up and running as quickly as possible.

NRMA Ferries CEO Richard Ford said the resumption of the popular service would help commuters get to work and home faster and boost local businesses and tourist locations that rely on passengers getting from Sydney’s northern beaches to the Central Coast quickly.

“Getting this popular local service up and running as quickly as possible has been a priority for the NRMA in recent weeks and, working closely with the local community, that has now been delivered,” Mr Ford said.

“The NRMA’s commitment to use waterways to help commuters get around faster and open up tourist opportunities for coastal areas like the Central Coast is strong. We know how much this service means to the local community and businesses and are pleased to see the boats moving again.”

The first service out of Wagstaffe on Monday will leave at 5:50am and from Ettalong at 6:00am, with 10 return services from each location daily. For weekday and weekend schedules visit https://www.fantasea.com.au/palm-beach-ferries/timetable/

Contact: Bridget Ahern 0423 505 854 



Given the issues described above, the WTKCA Committee encourage as many members, friends and other residents as possible to attend the Council Meeting to impress the need for urgent action on Council in the short term, and to work with the State Government on a longer term plan of management.

We hope to have a sufficient quorum at the WTKCA AGM to permit business to be conducted as it should, but believe that the Ettalong Channel issue is of such importance that members consider attending the Council meeting instead:

Monday, ​​​14 May 2018 - 6:30 pm
Council Chambers, ​49 Mann Street, ​​​Gosford






August 2017

An imaginative design proposal to reinvigorate the foreshore of Hardys Bay has been developed by longstanding community minded residents, passionate about the special place we live in, together with highly experienced and community minded landscape architects who have donated their time and expertise.
WTKCA, Killcare Wagstaffe Trust and Central Coast Council support progressing the proposal. In order to do this we are seeking input from YOU, the community. Plans will be refined in the light of input received.

Click here to be taken directly to the website where the plans may be viewed in full.

The concept design brings into focus the bay-side setting through themes of identity and connections. Celebrating the region’s beach and bay culture, the foreshore and Yum Yum tree special place has the potential to become a vibrant node within the Peninsula region providing new pathways, foreshore access and planted with new vegetation. 
The site beneath the Yum Yum trees (Erythnia spp.) beside the public wharf is highly valued by the community as a gathering place and the design proposes to renew this area with paving, planting, furniture and pathway connections to both the foreshore and bus stop. Connecting Wagstaffe to Hardy’s Bay along a continuous foreshore walk through simple clarity of space and accessibility was an essential component of the concept. Access to Brisbane Water is provided at multiple points along the bay with the design drawing on the robust coastal vernacular of the region with local sandstone, timber detailing and indigenous species. The site is envisioned with shared pathways, green open space, indigenous tree and shrub plantings and the restoration of mangrove habitat. Sandstone steps provide people with access to the water, opportunities for play and invites local ecologies to take up residence amongst the thoughtfully placed blocks. Indigenous trees are proposed to be situated throughout the area with careful consideration of the views from the properties that overlook the bay, providing amenity for the foreshore users and habitat for local wildlife.
The renewal of this site will provide the community with an open and inviting foreshore place that can be used for gathering and events, celebrating this place as the setting of some of our fondest memories.
Note: This plan is restricted to providing a vision for the foreshore and adjoining parkland. One thing at a time! It does not address the vexed issue of parking because Council insist that parking be kept separate as it involves state government departments and the inevitable complexity that entails. The plan’s proponents do intend turning their attention to parking following resolution of the foreshore proposal.


We are lucky to live in such a great area, with bush and beach, a great community and some challenges.  Some challenges come from this great area, i.e. how we share it with outsiders, and how we share it with each other when not all of us have the same views. But share it we do – we hope gracefully and with tolerance – but there are niggles.  And the ‘niggles’ are different for each of us.  
The Conversation, an online discussion forum (https: theconversation.com/au) has been publishing a range of articles on shared spaces, and they provide another perspective for those of you who wish to research the issue further.  In the meantime, we have our own challenges and niggles!
DUCKS:  Some people are concerned at the ever growing preponderance of ducks in our area:  around Wagstaffe and outside the Hardys Bay Club near the creek.  And while they can act as a traffic calming device, they also pollute Wagstaffe Beach where small children play, as well as neighbours’ gardens.
This may be an issue on which more discussion is needed, so let us know what you think.  But certainly we’re aware of growing concerns:  as duck families grow, the problem grows with them .
DOGS ON BEACHES: Australians in general have long defended their right to free access to open coastline, particularly beaches. Many beach activities are accepted and not contentious, as long as they do not cause undue interference to other users of the shared space. The Killcare Surf Beach has a broad area on which dogs are allowed, but they are prohibited at the Surf Club end, and at the Putty Beach National Park end.  
However, some people are ignoring this approach to sharing the coast-line, and continue to let their dogs wander freely on  areas reserved for swimmers and walkers.  
For example, observed recently, a ball being thrown into the surf where children were swimming, the dog bounding into the water alongside the children to retrieve the ball.  
The implications for this type of behaviour are obvious, so please, do the right thing, and share our superb environment by keeping dogs off the areas where they are not permitted because people are swimming.
JET SKIS: This peninsula is not alone in having concerns about the unfettered use of jet skis.  They have been banned from Sydney Harbour, and increased monitoring is taking place in the Georges River area, as well as in our locality – though the single person employed to undertake this task must be sorely tested during the summer months!  
Following individuals raising concerns in the past, the Association has now passed a motion raising its concerns at our last meeting.  We wrote to the Premier and many other Ministers asking for an interdepartmental committee to be formed, to assess what further action could be taken. In particular, we asked for a ban on the landing of jet skis on areas of the Bouddi National Park located nearby i.e. Lobster and Tallow Beaches.  
It is openly recognised that some jet skiers are not using the waterways in a courteous manner and are, as a consequence, displaying the type of unwanted behaviour that is constantly causing concern amongst both residents and other waterways users. Roads & Maritime Services have already introduced a range of measures aimed at cracking down on dangerous and anti-social jet-ski riding. They include:
  • Increased high visibility patrols;
  • Additional speed restrictions in the area, including the reduction from 8 to 4 knot speed zones at Wagstaffe and nearby Lobster Beach;
  • A review of those persons identified as repeat offenders with consideration being given to cancelling licences.
The Association has contacted other groups in surrounding areas about this matter, and asked them for feedback. And we have been speaking with officials in the affected departments.  Kayakers from Pearl Beach as well as other areas have reported unpleasant incidents involving jet skis, and we know that some are concerned about high speeds used by the jet skis in waters close to moored boats.  And yet others are concerned about the noise that drones on in the summer months.  We will continue to discuss approaches with government agencies.  
But in the meantime, please let us know of any incidents that you have observed or experienced, as we would like to better understand what has been going on.  Maritime services are currently investigating the use of CCTV cameras and compliance and regulatory functions before considering further measures to deter illegal activity and catch offenders.  
However, while these can deter some, they also are ‘after the event’ activities, and require extensive monitoring.  And National Parks are an important part of our environment, and we want to have them protected and available for peaceful enjoyment by passive recreation users.
So let us know your views.  Please, do the right thing, and share our superb environment in a way that does not cause undue interference to others. That way we all stay happy!!!!
Peta Colebatch  WTKCA President

 Mobile Black Spots on the Bouddi Peninsula

In 2014, following many complaints of poor mobile, TV and radio reception on the Bouddi Peninsula this Association conducted a survey aimed at assessing the extent of the problem.  That survey identified mobile and TV reception as significant problems.

Efforts at the time to have this area registered under federal black spot programs were stymied by the fact that these programs were specifically directed at ‘regional’ areas and we were considered to be part of ‘Greater Sydney’ and not regional.

After hearing Lucy Wicks promise to get Killcare into the Federal Mobile Black Spot Program we resolved to conduct a new survey to more clearly define our mobile black spots in order to assist Lucy’s efforts to have them addressed.

We thank Lucy for progressing this issue and for hosting a community forum at the Surf Club in December 2016.

So, sincere thanks to all who took the time to complete our mobile reception survey, flagged in December Talking Turkey and conducted over December/January. Survey questionnaires were distributed only to those areas of poor reception identified in our 2014 survey. We were encouraged by a nearly 35% response, particularly considering that many properties in the area are holiday rentals. Respondents universally expressed appreciation that the issue is finally being addressed.

We supplemented these responses with our own careful street level survey utilising a Telstra connected mobile phone, stopping at approximately 50m intervals, waiting for the signal to stabilise and then recording the stable signal strength. This took approximately 10 hours spread over two days.

Each response is indicated on the map below with an appropriately coloured dot placed within that property’s boundaries. Signal levels recorded by our street level survey are indicated with similar dots placed on the street centre. PDFs of the map can be downloaded here for A3 size (140KB) or here for full resolution A2 size (4MB).

 The map quite graphically highlights four distinct black spots. The arrows show the direction of the source of our mobile signals (antennas on the Mantra, Ettalong and on Blackwall Mountain) and the black spots all clearly lie in the shadow of our beloved sandstone escarpment (outlined in dark grey).

The escarpment effectively creates three separate 'bowls' - Wagstaffe/Pretty Beach, Hardys Bay/Killcare and Killcare Beach. These 'bowls' are separated from each other in such a way that it is not possible for a single tower to solve our reception problems all at once - simply because there is no single location where a tower could be placed which could beam into each of these black spots - mobile signals travel very much in straight lines and don't like obstructions of any kind. Sandstone absolutely obstructs and tree leaves, although they do not obstruct totally, do attenuate mobile signals, the more leaves and more moisture in them, the more attenuation. Building structures also obstruct.

We have delivered the map to Lucy and asked that, rather than attempting to fix all these black spots with a single tower, which is demonstrably not possible, the government’s communications experts seriously consider a solution proposed  by Dave Abrahams at Lucy's December forum. This was to use individual micro towers to address each black spot separately. As opposed to a highly intrusive regular 30m high tower, micro towers are unobtrusive and able to effectively service individual black spots of the size we have here.

Coincidentally we are in the midst of the NBN changeover which brings with it consequent loss of fixed line reliability + incompatibility with ’back to base’ monitors, alarms and medical reporting devices. The importance of alternate means of communication increases dramatically and cannot be overstated.

We look forward to a positive response from the powers that be!


 WTKCA Activities (updated 21 Aug 2016)

WTKCA currently have a numbers of active projects on the go, including:-
Bush Classroom at Pretty Beach Public School In co-operation with the School P & C and Killcare Wagstaffe Trust, WTKCA is investigating the viability of  re-establishing the School’s ‘bush classroom’. The open air ‘classroom’, an area with basic seating, situated amongst the trees on the slope above the school grounds had to be abandoned some years ago due to Dept. of Education safety concerns around fear of falling branches.
As a first step we engaged an arboriculturist to prepare a report to meet the Department’s requirements. We were pleased to have the assistance of local resident, Kate Consterdine, with her extensive knowledge of both the bush environment and of the past operation of the classroom.
The report has been received and we are currently obtaining arborist assessments of the cost of carrying out the work required and will proceed on the basis of this.
Turo Park Extension - the arrangement of sandstone blocks was disturbed during recent Council work. Council will replace blocks used during the work and re-arrange the blocks in consultation with Terry Baker.
Design of a footbridge, crossing the creek between the barbeque area and the sandstone blocks, has been accepted by Council and we are currently obtaining quotes.
Bench Seats on the Dog Track - For the benefit of those in the community who walk the Dog Track for health and exercise and would like the opportunity to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet, WTKCA recently funded two bench seats. These have now been installed by Council about half way along the track. Enjoy!
Wagstaffe Beach Revetment - back in 2012, after representations from WTKCA, Council installed coir logs in an endeavour to reverse erosion and undermining of the foreshore where the park behind Wagstaffe Hall meets the small beach adjacent to the Wagstaffe Wharf. The beach has since built up to the point that the stakes which held the coir logs in place have almost been covered with sand and present a hazard to people walking on the beach. We are talking with Council about fixing this problem.
In the meantime take care if you or your children use this area.
Half Tide Rocks Track still a project in its early stages – We obtained quotes some time ago and are waiting on confirmation from National Parks that this project will receive approval and gain listing in a new Plan of Management for Bouddi. We understand that there will be a community consultation about the Plan in the next few months. We will let you know when we have a firm date.
Waggie Carvers our hardy carvers headed by Terry Baker will soon be back on Saturdays working on a new table. Terry and Walter Koppen travelled north recently and brought back a magnificent slab of  timber for the new table top.
Improvements around the Hall the rapidly deteriorating log barriers will soon be replaced with bollards similar to those along the Wagstaffe Ave side and a hedge will be planted to screen the sewer station. One thing the log barriers have proved useful for in the past has been as hitching points for bicycles – we are looking at installing some bicycle racks to fill that void.
Fitness Equipment Project - regrettably this project has attracted opposition from property owners located near the area proposed for installation. Attempts to address their concerns have not borne fruit and we are now looking for alternate locations including Turo Park and the park area adjacent to Killcare Beach and the Surf Club.
There is unfortunately little available space in Turo as we do not wish to encroach on the popular picnic area or the open area used for informal ball games. Discussion and consultation with Council over location continues.   Discussion also continues with Council to ensure equipment chosen will be warranted suitable for  installation near saltwater.
Musings - many committee members have been away in warmer climes during this colder season. But everyone shares roles, and our stalwart members continue to assist with maintaining an eagle eye on the state of the Hall, the tennis courts, delivering Talking Turkey, and supporting us in all we do behind the scenes.  This is very much a volunteer community. We are in the process of updating our website to keep you better informed.
So please keep in touch, provide local articles for TT, and we'll endeavour to respond. 
A big thank you to all those who assist us in our work.
Peta Colebatch - President
  •   VALE TOM JACKSON - Tom lived at Wagstaffe for many years and was a stalwart member of the Association for all of that time. Tom loved the environment and community and greatly contributed to the well-being of the peninsular (and beyond!). Click HERE to read tributes in July Talking Turkey

    Many people like to feed wildlife that comes to their property. There are pros and cons. Click the heading above to go to our summary and some links to authoritative websites on the subject. Click on heading to read more 

     At a recent meeting at the Wagstaffe Hall two Gosford Council councillors, Mrs Deanna Bocking and Vicki Scott spoke to and answered questions from the members about the proposed amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong councils.
    At the end of the session the members were asked to vote by a show of hands whether they supported the amalgamation or not. All present, except for one person, voted against.
    Click on the heading above to read WTKCA's letter to council and a submission from one of our members,
    Dr Hal Colebatch.
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