Terrigal Lagoon Trail

Terrigal Lagoon Trail

Terrigal Lagoon Trail
Consultation for this project has now concluded.

We’ve received funding to develop a walking trail around Terrigal Lagoon, within parts of Terrigal Wetland Reserve and Rotary Park (next to Parklife Café and the Marine Discovery Centre).

This trail will provide multiple social, health and wellbeing benefits, as well as educational, nature-based tourism and job opportunities.

Have your say

We reached out to you earlier this year to find out what features you wanted to see included in Terrigal Lagoon Trail. We took your feedback and turned it into an idea for the trail, keeping in mind ways to minimise the environmental impacts on this sensitive environment. 

Now we need to know if we are on the right track.

The community were invited to:

Feedback on the concept design plan was open between 9 November and 7 December 2020.

This proposed project is jointly funded by Council and the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund.


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Development of final design

Who's listening

Who's listening
Nick Tarasenko - Coastal Management Officer, Catchments to Coast

Why are you building a walking trail around Terrigal Lagoon?

Back in 2017, the Marine Discovery Centre approached Central Coast Council to seek support and funding for a walking trail, boardwalk and Waterwatch platform at Terrigal Lagoon.

Council supported the establishment of the walking trail and obtained a funding agreement through Restart NSW for the provision of a trail around the lagoon with $500,000 grant funding and an additional $500,000 from Council funds. 

The exact features of the walking trail will be determined by community sentiment, an Environmental impact statement and budget allocations. 

Where is the trail going to be located? Is the trail going around the whole lagoon?

The general trail location will be on the southern arm of the lagoon, loosely bounded by Terrigal Drive to the south, Brunswick Road to the west, Florida Road to the north and Willoughby Road in the east.

The exact location of the trail will be determined through the recommendations of the environmental impact statement and the feedback we receive from the community through future consultation on the concept design plan.  

Are you putting it close to houses?

The trail is not likely to be located too close to houses, however, the exact location of the trail will be determined through the recommendations of the environmental impact statement and the feedback we receive from the community through future consultation on the concept design plan. 

Will you have to clear bushland and trees to put in the trail?

Given that the trail is proposed to be partially located within a coastal wetland, Council is working hard to ensure that the trail will weave through disturbed areas wherever possible to avoid the need to clear bushland – including trees. 

The environmental impact statement has provided recommendations to help Council determine the most appropriate route for the trail in order to minimise environmental impacts.

Have you considered including part of the trail through the lagoon (i.e. a boardwalk)?

The environmental impact statement (EIS) explores different options for the trail. 

We have used the feedback we received from the community in the first round of consultation, and the EIS to develop the draft concept design plan. 

If the environmental impacts can be appropriately mitigated – a boardwalk may form part of the final concept design.  

Are you planning to have any viewing platforms so I can see the lagoon from parts of the walking trail?

Council is exploring a number of concepts and options for the trail including viewing platforms, however, budget, the environmental impact statement and community sentiment will guide what is and isn’t possible.  

Will additional carparking be provided?

Not at this stage, however carparking may be investigated as part of future planning.

How are you going to address anti-social activity and rubbish being left by people using the trail?

Council will be exploring a number of options to help address anti-social activity and waste management by trail users. Waste receptables and educational signage are some of the measures being considered. 

What is the construction period and how will the works impact the community?

It is expected that construction of the trail will occur towards the end of 2021 after the finalisation of the concept design plan.

How much is it going to cost and how are you going to fund it?

There is a total of $1 million currently available for the project under a funding agreement through Restart NSW. $500,000 has been provided through grant funding and an additional $500,000 has been provided from Council funds. 

Can the state government funding be spent elsewhere?

No. The state government funding has been provided for this project under a specific funding arrangement through Restart NSW.

Will dogs be allowed on the walking trail?

Given the sensitivity of the coastal wetland, dogs will not be permitted on the walking trail.

Will cycling be allowed on the walking trail?

This proposal is not likely to result in a shared pathway and as such, will not be designed to allow cycling.

Has an environmental assessment been undertaken? What are the impacts on the coastal wetland? What about Aboriginal heritage?

Council has recently engaged a suitably qualified consultancy to undertake an environmental impact statement for the project. This included an assessment of the impact of this proposal on the environment including the coastal wetland, surrounding bushland and Aboriginal heritage. The outcomes of this environmental statement will determine the most appropriate location for the trail and the mitigation measures required to ensure the impacts on the environment and Aboriginal heritage are minimised.

What is the trail going to be built out of?

The construction materials for the trail will be influenced by feedback from the community and the recommendations of the environmental impact statement, however natural and recycled materials are likely to be the main focus of the concept design. 

Is the trail going to have an impact on flooding in the lagoon catchment?

Council has a comprehensive floodplain risk management plan that has been fed into the draft concept design plan to ensure the trail does not have a negative impact on the lagoon catchment or increase flooding risk.

Will this project provide jobs for the local community?

Yes – Council will be utilising local companies (or regional companies when local expertise in not available) to undertake all aspects of the project from the initial investigations through to design and construct.

How can I be involved?

The community are invited to:

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