Lake Macquarie laps on the shore of our most northern suburbs, often described as the forgotten North, but this is simply not true. We love all the waterways, both within our LGA and around them and Lake Mac is no exception.
The Lake Macquarie CMP is being developed by Lake Macquarie City Council and whilst Central Coast Council are not directly responsible for its development, we’ve certainly been involved and will continue to be involved throughout its development.
Lake Mac Council have a stack of information on their website on their process you can check it out at: shape.lakemac.com.au/coastal
Also…. if you were thinking of skipping the survey that we’re currently undertaking (cause… you know… forgotten North) please don’t, its important for us to understand this about you as it will go a long way in helping us coordinate the actions that we need to implement for the health of Lake Macquarie!
The survey is open until 25 May 2021!
Yes. Lake Macquarie City Council are leading the delivery of the Lake Macquarie CMP with Central Coast Council providing support and assisting with management actions that fall within the Central Coast Local Government Area.
The Lake Macquarie CMP will be delivered by Lake Macquarie City Council with support from representatives from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment and Central Coast Council.
Lake Macquarie City Council have multiple opportunities for the community to get involved in, further information on these opportunities is available at: https://shape.lakemac.com.au/coastal
Central Coast Council are also undertaking a survey which will assist us in understanding how you use and value waterways – this information will be used to assist in developing and delivering on actions associated with the ongoing health and maintenance of Lake Macquarie (we want to play our part too).
Council has a water quality monitoring program in place for all its waterways, including southern Lake Macquarie. Routine sampling southern Lake Macquarie began in 2017-18. These programs help to understand past and current condition, identify where we need to focus our management actions and determine long-term trends in water quality and ecological health.
Sampling is undertaken by scientists throughout the year at a number of representative sites. Data is collected on site condition, water chemistry, nutrient concentrations and a range of biological indicators which tell us about the health and resilience of each area. The program aligns with the NSW Estuary Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Protocols and allows us to compare our results to other estuaries in NSW.
The 2019-20 Waterways Report Card for the Central Coast Local Government Area has been released and includes Southern Lake Macquarie, Tuggerah Lakes, Brisbane Water, the Lower Hawkesbury River and the coastal lagoons – providing a clear picture of our entire waterways network. The 2019-20 report tells us:
- Of the 36 sites sampled, 25% are excellent, 39% are good, 33% are fair and 3% are very poor
- Brisbane Water estuary is generally considered good or excellent, with fair ratings at Narara Creek, Erina Creek and Kincumber Broadwater
- Water quality throughout the Tuggerah Lakes estuary was generally good, with fair results for Budgewoi Lake, Wallarah Creek, Canton Beach, Ourimbah Creek and Killarney Vale and an excellent rating for Chittaway Bay
- The water quality at our southern Lake Macquarie sites is excellent
- Our coastal lagoons vary from excellent at Cockrone Lagoon to very poor at Avoca Lagoon.
Council uses this information to track change, help guide our management decisions and identify areas where more detailed catchment audits are required.