About Us

About the Committee
The Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee is a local community group with members throughout the Manly Warringah area.
Our mission is:-

  • to conserve the vulnerable Manly Dam catchment, its streams and bushland surrounds;
  • to maintain its diverse flora and fauna; and
  • to improve its water quality.

Overall the committee has been very active yet we have seen further deterioration in the bushland and water quality in the catchment. I hope we can encourage everyone to re-double their efforts to protect this fantastic area.
The Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee has

  • lobbied local, state and federal governments to ensure protection of the bushland, creeks, flora and fauna within the  catchment.Members have represented the community at the Land and Environment Court on several occasions.
  • spent many years opposing the Ardel development at the headwaters of Manly Dam. Despite four hearings in the Land and Environment Court the development was approved, although somewhat smaller than the original proposal, it has done enormous damage to the site.
  • has succeeded in adding areas of bushland to the Manly Dam Reserve, including a large area around McComb Hill, and protecting other bushland from development, eg land along Aquatic Drive..
  • is also involved in research into the ecology of the area in association with students and staff of the University of Technology,  Sydney and the University of New South Wales

SMDCC is an Incorporated organisation and a member of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and is now qualified as a Streamwatch Team.

If you'd like to join the Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee and help us to ensure that the last safe freshwater swimming area in Sydney remains free of pollution, contact Ken on 9949 1241. $10 per year or $5 for students and pensioners.

Donations are welcome and can be sent to 12/11 Fairway Close, Manly Vale, Sydney, 2093, Australia, payable to Save Manly Dam Catchment Committee Inc.




Ced Johnston

(h) 9948 5688


Malcolm Fisher

(h) 9949 4258


Ken Higgs

(h) 9949 1241


Ann Sharp

(h) 9938 3459

Photo - Ardel Protest

The Committee and friends enjoy a well earned BBQ
Photo by Michael Allen ©

Photo - Water testing

Peter White, Ced Johnston and Ken Higgs
at a Manly Dam Streamwatch Site
Photo by Michael Allen ©

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