Government shares the love, and funding at Tuggerah Lakes
THE health of Tuggerah Lakes is about to receive a boost with a Federal Government funding announcement of $3 million.
The money will go towards works to improve the lakes' estuary, further preventing pollution run off.
Already hundreds of thousands of dollars has been spent on the construction of gross pollutant traps at Long Jetty and Budgewoi and this latest grant will build on those important projects.
Over the years millions of dollars has been spent on improving the lakes, one of the region's greatest tourist attractions.
Unfortunately, not all the projects have been successful unable to keep pace with increased pollution runoff from a fast growing population.
Of major concern is rotting wrack or weed that builds up close to the shoreline, creating a terrible stench.
Steps have been taken to clear the lakes of as much weed as possible by way of a dredge but it continues and, coupled with man made pollution, it still presents headaches for authorities.
Council has a long history of working to improve the health of the Tuggerah Lakes system.
Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds said the funding would build on the work Council was already doing to improve the health of the catchment and reduce pollution.
"This financial year alone, we will build 11 gross pollutant traps, four of which received federal funding, on the shores of Tuggerah Lake," Mr Reynolds said.
"This additional funding will allow us to build on the work already done, focus on our foreshores and put some much needed attention into the catchment areas.
"We welcome the opportunity to work with all levels of government in improving the health of the Tuggerah Lakes catchment so that future generations can enjoy our amazing estuary."
The Tuggerah Lakes system comprises three lakes, Tuggerah Lake, Budgewoi Lake and Munmorah Lake. Together they cover a vast portion of the central and northern Central Coast region.
Apart from its vital environmental benefits it is home to numerous aquatic events and an important fishing industry.
The lakes system is owned by the State Government but managed by Central Coast Council.