Lake lover: Karen Hutchinson is backing the rehabilitation of Woolgoolga Lake.
Lake lover: Karen Hutchinson is backing the rehabilitation of Woolgoolga Lake.

Council calls in estuary experts

EXPERTS are to be engaged to take a close look at three Northern Beaches estuaries.

Coffs Harbour City Council has called for tenders for a consultant to look at Wool– goolga Lake, Willis Creek and Darkum Creek.

Once a consultant is engaged, he or she will then be responsible for producing a draft plan of management for the waterways.

Council already has plans of management for Hearnes Lake, Moonee Creek, Pipe Clay Lake and Arrawarra Creek on the Northern Beaches.

The plan of management will cover a broad range of issues – social, environmental, socio-economic, heritage and management – as well as future development in the area.

The decision to engage a consultant is good news for the Northern Beaches Residents Association, which had approached the council about proceeding with the rehabilitation of Woolgoolga Lake.

It is also a real boost for Karen Hutchinson, who recently started a Facebook page called ‘Let’s Save Woolgoolga Lake’, which already has almost 500 members.

“I’m really happy that something has been done and [the council] are finally taking a look at our lake but I hope they realise how precious our waterway is, not just to the people but also to the marine life,” Ms Hutchinson said.



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