Jul 18

Plan to manage lake foreshore

PLANS for the public land at Boonerah Point are available for public comment.

The draft Plan of Management for the lake foreshore sites in Mount Warrigal identifies important features of the land and how they will be protected to balance the ecology and community uses.

Mayor Marianne Saliba said it was a challenging site due to the children’s play area, picnic grounds and sensitive plant species.

“We have worked with the local community to identify the uses of the park lands and made sure the plan complies with our statutory obligations to protect the sensitive ecology inherent with a foreshore site,” Cr Saliba said.

Under the plan, the site has been categorised as park, bushland and foreshore natural areas, to protect the native vegetation identified under the ecological assessment.

Threatened ecological communities of Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and Coastal Marsh have been recorded as part of an independent assessment of the site, which are protected under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act.

The plan also encompasses areas of saltmarsh that are protected under the Commonwealth Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act, as well as mangroves and sea grass which are protected under the NSW Fisheries Management Act.

Weeds growing in areas close to the lake’s shore are impeding the ability of the native plants to thrive.

“Managing the weeds along our foreshore is a large task that council staff are trying to maintain,” Cr Saliba said. “We can continue to work with our Landcare and Bushcare groups to improve the conditions of this site.”

The Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) outlines that immediate works need to include defining borders between mown areas and saltmarshes with hardwood stakes, investigate illegal dumping and damage to vegetation and replanting to stabilise the foreshore site.

From 6pm on Wednesday, November 12, a public hearing will be held for people wanting to make a verbal submission about the draft plan.

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