Community meeting called to discuss saving Lewis Island at Narooma

There will be an open community meeting at Lewis Island, Narooma at 3pm this Friday to discuss saving the island from erosion that is slowly eating away the popular sand structure.

Wash from passing boats has long been a concern and the community had already fought to save the bridge access to the island.

Leading the charge to save the island is Chris Young, who lives just across the road.

Mr Young met with State Member Andrew Constance and Eurobodalla Shire Council planning director Lindsay Usher about six weeks ago at the island to discuss options.

Mr Young said the community would be willing to sandbag the island as a temporary measure, as he had already been shoring up the bridge adding planks.

But he said only long-term viable solution might be to dredge the channel again and put the dredged sand on the island.

“We’ve got to work together as a community with the council and waterways to get something done,” Mr Young said.

He said he was hoping for as a big turn-out as possible at the meeting at Lewis Island on Friday to show the community was committed to saving the island.

Eurobodalla councillor Phil Constable said he wanted access to the island to be maintained and was personally concerned about the level of erosion at the popular spot, where people had picnics and even weddings

He said he planned to attend the meeting and was prepared to make representation to the State Government for dredging to shore up the popular island.