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Future-proofing Mannering Park foreshore

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At least $600,000 will be invested in future-proofing one of Lake Macquarie’s beloved spots, Mannering Park foreshore.

Crown Lands in the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure is funding and managing the project – which includes removing a worn-out section of seawall, replacing it with a new 70-metre seawall of sandstone block design, and doing away with a dilapidated jetty – in partnership with NSW Public Works.

The stabilisation of the foreshore will protect public reserve and recreational facilities comprising a cycleway, outdoor exercise station, and benches from coastal erosion. 

“Mannering Park is a Lake Macquarie gem that locals love and that brings people to the area,” Swansea MP Yasmin Catley said.

“So, it’s fantastic to have these upgrades underway.

“Everyone will be able to get out and enjoy our beautiful lake.” 

The work is expected to safeguard a popular outdoor recreation area adjacent to the BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie Tourist Park. 

As such, the new foreshore structure will also connect to the existing boat ramp to the southeast, with creek stabilisation to the northwest already completed by neighbouring Central Coast Council (CCC).

Crown Lands, which owns the public land near the seawall, has consulted with CCC, BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie Tourist Park and the local community on the project. 

“Crown Land reserves support communities with everything from waterfront recreational areas to showgrounds, racecourses and public halls,” Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said.

“This significant investment in the Mannering Park foreshore will protect it from coastal erosion and make it safer and more accessible to ensure people can continue to enjoy this beautiful area well into the future.” 

Temporary pedestrian access will be maintained along the foreshore, while direct access to the seawall will be temporarily closed for public safety as rebuilding of the seawall takes place. 

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