The boaties who have taken up residence at Gosford Waterfront have until 4pm on Sunday, December 4 to vacate their berths.
From Monday December 5, any vessels still moored will be impounded for 28 days after which they will be sold or destroyed if not claimed by the owner.
A notice at the wharf states that Council rangers and the NSW police force will be monitoring usage of the wharf from that date “with action taken to remove persons and vessels occupying the wharf contrary to instructions and signposting”.
The use of the wharf, including pedestrian access or the mooring of boats, will be considered trespassing.
Both electricity and water will be cut off and Council will undertake essential maintenance and safety work at the wharf.
Closure to the public is “until further notice”.
The closure was announced today at the Gosford Erina Business Chamber luncheon – held at Drifters which is situated at the entrance to the wharf.
Drifters spokesman Isaac Adele said the long term boats taking up the wharf spaces had “held us back”.
Council wrote to the wharf residents in February explaining the wharf would require temporary closure for maintenance reasons.
SIgns instaled at the wharf outline the December 4 deadline.
For years now the long term mooring of vessels at the wharf has been the subject of complaints.
After the essential maintenance is completed, it is expected the wharf will be open to vessels which can pay to stay for a limit of four days.
The wharf forms the centrepiece of Council’s Gosford Waterfront Masterplan which is currently on public exhibition.