Sutherland Shire Council won't try to 'steal' popular exhibition from Bondi

Cronulla's version of Sculpture by the Sea, pictured in 2018 by the Leader's chief photographer John Veage
Cronulla's version of Sculpture by the Sea, pictured in 2018 by the Leader's chief photographer John Veage

Sutherland Shire would be interested in staging Sculpture by the Sea, but not if it means undercutting the present host, says deputy mayor Steve Simpson.

"If expressions of interest are called, we will have a look at it, and there would be a lot of things to consider," he said.

"But, we won't be going out there to try and take it off Waverley Council."

Councils up and down the coast, and as far away as Victoria, have expressed interest in staging the popular event after organisers threatened to shift it from Bondi because of a dispute over a new disability access path.

Waverley Council is laying the concrete path around the perimeter of Marks Park, on the southern headland of Bondi beach, which is the focal point of the exhibition.

Shire councillor Carol Provan said Cronulla would be a great place for the event.

Horizon, by Mu Boyan, gets plenty of attention during the 2018 Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi. Picture: Steven Siewert

Horizon, by Mu Boyan, gets plenty of attention during the 2018 Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi. Picture: Steven Siewert

"There are many areas along our beautiful coastline from Don Lucas Reserve to Bass and Flinders Point and Hungry Point where Sculpture by the Sea could be held," she said.

"There are many access points to the water and parks along this great area and we have a huge advantage over Bondi by having easy rail access.

"This would bring tourism into the area and be great for Cronulla businesses."