Tuross and Coila Lakes management plan on exhibition for comment

The Eurobodalla Council is seeking community feedback on a draft plan that guides the future management of the popular Tuross and Coila lakes.

The draft Tuross River Estuary and Coila Lake Coastal Management Program is a 10-year strategic plan that focusses on protecting community values for the estuaries by addressing access and environmental management issues, including weed management and shoreline erosion.

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The draft plan follows on from the achievements of the 2005 Estuary Management Plan and identifies new management issues. It was developed last year by consultant Hydrosphere, thanks to funding from the NSW Office of Environmental and Heritage, with input from local residents and government representatives.

On Tuesday, the Eurobodalla Council endorsed the draft plan to place it on public exhibition and seek the community’s feedback.

Eurobodalla mayor Liz Innes said there was a lot of community interest in the lakes and encouraged residents to have their say.

“The lakes are an important place of natural beauty and contribute to our seaside village lifestyle, as well as providing access for commercial and recreational activities,” she said.

“We now need residents’ feedback to ensure the plan reflects the community’s priorities.”

Residents and ratepayers can learn more about the plan at an informal drop-in session at the Kyla Park Community Hall on Wednesday, August 2.

The council’s coastal and flood management planner Norm Lenehan said there would be no formal presentation or proceedings at the session but community members could drop in anytime between 11am and 1pm to view the plan and meet the project team.

“The session is an opportunity for residents to drop in and have a one-on-one discussion in a setting where they can feel comfortable to ask questions,” Mr Lenehan said.

The draft Tuross River Estuary and Coila Lake Coastal Management Program is on the council’s website www.esc.nsw.gov.au, and hard copies will be at Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma libraries, during the exhibition period from Monday, July 31 to Friday, September 1.

For more information contact the council’s coastal and flood management planner Norm Lenehan on 02 4474 1374.