Residents encouraged to have their say on draft Coastal Zone Management Plan

Lake Macquarie City Council is encouraging all residents who live, work or play in coastal areas to have their say on the draft Lake Macquarie Coastal Zone Management Plan.

Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said the coastal zone is central to the lifestyle of Lake Macquarie residents, particularly the lake and beaches. 

“It is important that Council hears from local people about their priorities for managing the coastal zone, and that we discuss how we can work together to maintain and improve the coastal zone,” Dr Howe said.

“The draft Plan consists of a Framework for Implementation, which describes proposed management actions for the next four years, and specific management plans and hazard assessments for the coastline (Part A), the estuary (Part B), which includes the lake and its catchment, and Swansea Channel (Part C).

“The draft Plan identifies management issues facing our coastal zone and recommends actions that promote a healthy lifestyle, provide recreational benefits, protect our coastal environment and consider both current and future coastal hazards.”

Interested residents can have their say at one or more community workshops in November, can provide their feedback online, write to Council ( link) or Box 1906 Hunter Regional Mail Centre 2310), or visit an information booth in January.

November community workshop dates and times

Club Macquarie, Argenton 15 November (estuary) 10.30am-1.30pm

Swansea Centre, Swansea 17 November (Swansea Channel) 5.30-8.30pm

Blacksmiths Surf Club, Blacksmiths 19 November (coastline) 5.30-8.30pm

Morisset Multi-purpose Centre, Morisset 20 November (estuary) 6.30-9pm

The draft Coastal Zone Management Plan is on public exhibition from 28 October 2014 to 31 January 2015.

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