Scot MacDonald
FUNDING FOR ESTUARY PROTECTION IN LAKE MACQUARIE
26th Oct 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has announced Lake Macquarie City Council has received $450,000 in funding from the NSW Liberal National Government for the restoration, regeneration and revegetation of riparian habitat in Lake Macquarie.

Mr MacDonald said the stability of the bed and banks of tributary creeks of Lake Macquarie is an important factor that contributes to the maintenance of estuary health.  

“This project will improve stream health at multiple sites with works commencing in Crokers Creek,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Crokers Creek has been highly modified by urbanisation and carries a significantly increased amount of discharge compared to natural pre-development runoff. The creek is void of riparian vegetation with no habitat value for ground welling and arboreal fauna.”

The Creek is actively eroding with evidence of channel incision and over widening. In-stream erosion and sedimentation actively deliver sediment.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser said, the Lake Macquarie estuary is NSW\'s largest coastal lagoon, and is widely recognised as one of the state\'s most significant waterways.

“Today’s funding announcement will allow Council to implement a new project to improve stream health at multiple sites across the City, including Crokers Creek at Belmont,” Cr Fraser said.

“Crokers Creek provides habitat for a range of threatened species and endangered ecological communities, and we expect with improvements made to this site erosion issues will be reduced and native fauna will return to recolonise the area.” 

The grant is one of 19 approved Coastal and Estuary implementation grants to 16 councils totalling over $2.6 million for a range of projects from beach erosion mitigation to coastal wetland rehabilitation.

Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program supports local councils in managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion, restoring degraded coastal habitats, and improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests.

Projects range from dune protection, wetland rehabilitation, erosion reduction in estuaries, beach access management and monitoring of the coastal and estuarine environment as part of the NSW Government’s commitment towards management of the NSW coastline.

For more information visit https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/coasts/coastalgrants.htm