Bega Valley estuaries to receive protection

BEAUTIFUL LAKE: Cuttagee Lake is one the Bega Valley estuaries to get extra protection.

BEAUTIFUL LAKE: Cuttagee Lake is one the Bega Valley estuaries to get extra protection.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Environment Minister Rob Stokes today announced Bega Valley Shire Council will receive $100,000 for co-funded projects to manage, enhance and protect local estuaries.

“Bega Valley Shire Council will receive $80,000 for a project to replace the rock retaining wall along Beach Street at Merimbula. The existing wall has aged significantly and is in disrepair,” Mr Constance said.

“Council will receive an additional $20,000 for a project to conduct rapid catchment assessments of Cuttagee Lake, Nelsons and Middle Lagoons.

“The aim is to identify actual and potential threats in each catchment and provide the basis for future remediation and land-use management techniques for the issues identified.”

Environment Minister Rob Stokes said the grants come from the NSW Estuary Management Program administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage.

“A total of 36 new projects have been funded under this year’s round of the Estuary Management Program with a total NSW Government contribution totalling almost $2.4 million,” Mr Stokes said.

“This is in addition to more than 70 ongoing projects valued at over $5 million funded from previous years under the Estuary Management Program.”

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