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Lake Mac coastal program sets path for next decade


A blueprint to protect Lake Macquarie’s shores, lakes and creeks has identified more than 100 “priority actions” over the next 10 years.

The new draft Coastal Management Program (CMP), on public exhibition until 3 February, outlines a vision for maintaining and nurturing a “healthy, resilient coastal zone”.

The decade-long strategy also incorporates beaches, dunes, rock platforms, headlands and wetlands, the lake and its tributaries, as well as Swansea Channel.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s manager environmental systems Karen Partington explained the 111 “priority actions” would help manage coastal hazards, such as erosion and sea level rises, which threatened local communities.

“They’re also aimed at improving the health of our coastal environments, maintaining access to coastal areas and engaging with the community on coastal issues,” she said after visiting Redhead Beach, where the dune systems affected by storm events will be restored and revegetated under the CMP.

Actions outlined in the draft document include:

  • Stabilising Pelican foreshore to address ongoing erosion;
  • Revegetating, reshaping and restoring dunes after storm events;
  • Expanding lake health monitoring to include microplastics; and
  • Continuing local adaptation planning in low-lying communities

Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said the actions were intended to be funded by council and the NSW Government.

“Having this Coastal Management Program in place means we will be eligible for funding via the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program,” she stated.

“This will play an important part in maintaining our coast and ensuring it remains a place for people to enjoy and for the environment to thrive.”

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