CENTRAL COAST JEWEL: Tuggerah Lakes will benefit from a $3 million Federal Government grant on top of the $7 million council has already spent to improve water quality.
CENTRAL COAST JEWEL: Tuggerah Lakes will benefit from a $3 million Federal Government grant on top of the $7 million council has already spent to improve water quality.

New Council catching attention of Federal Government

WHILE many older residents are still coming to grips with the notion of a combined Central Coast Council, it appears the amalgamation is attracting significant financial attention from government, with a number of projects and upgrades slated.

Council has welcomed $3 million in funding for Tuggerah Lakes Estuary and Catchment Improvement as part of the Federal Government's Improving Tour Local Parks and Environment Program.

That adds to the $7 million council invested in Tuggerah Lakes in the last financial year to improve water quality.

Council group leader Mike Dowling said that beginning this month, the funds would be dedicated to whole of catchment issues, aimed at reducing the effects of pollutants, litter and environmental vandalism.

"This funding will support the ongoing implementation of the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan through stormwater upgrades, foreshore enhancement and a range of streambank, wetland and saltmarsh rehabilitation activities in the estuary catchment," he said.

Council administrator Ian Reynolds said it was a clear indication of the lobbying power the new Central Coast had and he was looking forward to more funding flowing to the Coast.

And it seems to be. Work has begun on facilities, including an amenities building with changing rooms, toilets, canteen and officials room, night racing floodlights and shade shelters, to complement the newly constructed BMX track at San Remo, to create a sporting hub for the north of the Central Coast.

Finish date is expected to be June next year, with the $640,000 project made possible by the

NSW State Government's Stronger Communities Fund (available to amalgamated councils). It is part of $9 million of infrastructure investment to roll out across the Coast over the next three years.

Meanwhile, Terrigal Lagoon foreshore will also get a makeover, creating more recreational opportunities by upgrading Rotary Park and building Banjo's skate park in the lagoon reserve.

Community drop-in information sessions were held earlier this month, and Ian said the project had strong community support.

Again, a $500,000 Federal Government grant is behind the skate park, while the Rotary Park's $325,000 upgrade is thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from the NSW Metropolitan Greenspace Program and a $5000 contribution from the Rotary Club of Terrigal.

It's also part of a record spend on capital works by council to deliver better services and infrastructure for the community.

"We are planning to spend more the $27 million this financial year to improve our open space and recreational spaces across the Coast," Ian said.

That includes upgrading the public toilet facilities at Blue Bay Beach, with two fully accessible, unisex cubicles as well as showers on the outside for easy access by beachgoers.

The nearest facilities until October at Swadling Park, Toowoon Bay.

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