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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.


Between 10 June and 7 July, the community were invited to complete a survey on the different features that could potentially be a part of this walking trail - this survey is now closed. 

The feedback we received is currently being analysed to help put together the design of the walking trail. When developing the design, we will also look at ways to minimise the environmental impacts on this sensitive environment.

This is the just the early stages of the project, ensuring we have an environmentally sensitive design and all of the necessary environmental approvals will take time. We will keep you up to date with the process and come back to the community for more feedback once we have draft designs.


The community are still able to:

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

Community consultation (round 1) and environmental assessment

We're looking to the community for feedback on potential features of the walking trail, while also conducting an environmental impact statement.

Who's listening
Kellie Langford - Senior Coastal Management Officer, Catchments to Coast
1300 463 954

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 feature 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 will provide 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) will explore different options for the trail. Council will use the community feedback on the materials you would like to see used and the EIS develop the concept design.

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

We will be coming back to the community for their feedback on these designs before any decision is made.

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 2020 after the preparation of the environment impact statement and concept design.

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 is currently in the process of engaging a suitably qualified consultancy to undertake an environmental impact statement for the project. This will include 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 will feed into the concept design 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:

In the coming months, the community will also be able to provide a submission on the concept design of the walking trail.

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