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Funding allocated to future-proof Belmont, Village Bay foreshores


Lake Macquarie City Council is starting the year on a strong note after securing more than $370,000 to enhance the LGA.

Of that total, from the 2022 Coast and Estuary Grant Program, $270,000 will go towards future-proofing Belmont Bay and Village Bay foreshores.

A further $103,309 was awarded to complete the protection of Salts Bay, along with improvements.

Village Bay and Caravan Park.

The foreshores are often visited by locals, as well as tourists staying at the Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park at Belmont South.

However, the sites have been subject to erosion.

Works will take place at Belmont Bay and Village Bay to rectify issues caused by attrition, as well as wave overtopping, tidal inundation, build-up of seagrass and the lack of amenities.

The project includes approximately 140m of the foreshore north of Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park and about 190m of the foreshore south of the facility.

Swansea state MP Yasmin Catley admitted erosion had been an extensive problem across the electorate, including at Reids Reserve and Pelican Foreshore.

“I was thrilled to hear council received funding to address that issue, and other environmental concerns, at Belmont Bay and Village Bay foreshores,” she said.

“Those sites are prone to erosion, which is a significant safety worry for the local community and those staying at the nearby caravan park.

“It’s great to see council taking action to address it.”

Salts Bay Rainforest and road.

Meanwhile, Salts Bay – located at Swansea Heads – is a popular water recreation spot for locals and visitors, especially during the summer period.

The upcoming works will reduce the impacts on the neighbouring littoral rainforest from invasion and establishment of transformer weeds.

In addition, the project is expected to mitigate the issues associated with urbanisation, such as rubbish dumping and track erosion from unauthorised public access.

“Locals have raised their concerns with me regarding the degradation of the site in the past,” Ms Catley said.

“It’s crucial the works take place to ensure everyone can enjoy Salts Bay well into the future.

“I’ve received great feedback from the community following the sealing of Salts Bay Road last year.

“So, I know they’ll be happy to see these works eventuate, too.”

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