$5.3M Central Coast waterways package announced

Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks (left), and Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, with Graham Johnston of Clean4Shore and interested students from Terrigal High School at Avoca Lagoon

Avoca Lagoon is set to receive a $300,000 restoration as part of a $5.3M Central Coast waterways package announced by the Federal Government on March 11.

The Avoca Lagoon component will see foreshore and habitat restoration to improve water quality and habitat for the Green and Golden Bell frog, and ongoing studies into the frog population at the lagoon.

Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, and Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, announced three key projects, aimed at restoring waterways, rehabilitating key wetlands and protecting threatened species on the Coast.

A $4.7M investment at Tuggerah Lakes will conserve key wetland threatened species habitat, protecting local wildlife.

A further $300,000 will be spent to ensure cleaner waterways along the Central Coast by supporting volunteer organisation Clean4Shore in a range of Central Coast clean-up activities within the LGA as well as southern Lake Macquarie.

“Our waterways support a network of significant ecological communities as well as a diverse range of recreational users,” Ley said.

“Through the Environment Restoration Fund, we are working with communities to take practical action to make our environment more resilient.”

Wicks said that restoring local lagoons like Avoca Lagoon recognised their importance from an environmental and local tourism perspective.

“Our coastal waterways and lagoons are a major part of our leisure and recreation facilities for local families as well as an important drawcard for tourists,” she said.

“This investment will protect the health of those delicate ecosystems, and also work to ensure our waterways are free from rubbish and other debris.”

Media release, Mar 11
Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, and Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks