New plan for hearnes lake

THE Draft Hearnes Lake Estuary Management Study and Plan will go on public display for public comment from Monday, March 9.

Hearnes Lake has been recognised as an important NSW coastal feature - an Intermittently Closing and Opening Lake or Lagoon (ICOLL).

The draft plan aims to ensure the future health of the waterway and its surroundings, while also encouraging sustainable development and leisure activities in the area.

The draft plan contains 29 strategies ranked in order of importance. The first five include:

• Creating a buffer around the lake from future development.

• Establishing a community-based volunteer group.

• Removing cattle from lake margins.

• Connecting the nearby caravan park to reticulated sewerage.

• Establishing a rural education program.

Following the public consultation period, a revised final draft will be put before Coffs Harbour City Council for adoption.

Once adopted, council will then be able to seek funds to put the strategies contained in the plan into operation.

The draft plan will be on display from March 9, for 56 days at Council's main administrative centre, Woolgoolga Library, Sandy Beach General Store and on council's website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.

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