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Why there are restrictions

Why there are restrictions

SCA officer reading Special Areas brochure

Restricting access to the Special Areas protects water quality.

Public access to the Special and Controlled Areas is restricted to protect water quality. This helps create a buffer of land around water storages and infrastructure which act as a filter for water quality, restricts harmful activities and helps us manage the resources.

This protects and preserves:

  • water quality used by over four million residents
  • critical water supply infrastructure for Greater Sydney
  • natural and cultural heritage

Only a very small number of people are given permission each year to enter the highly restricted areas under strict conditions after meeting specific criteria.

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