STATE’S BEST: Chair of the state government’s coastal expert panel, Bruce Thom, left, with council’s Greg Giles and Tony Farrell. LAKE Macquarie CityCounciland local community volunteers have won an award for improving lake water quality and protectingcommunities from flooding and coastal hazards.
The annual NSW Coastal ManagementAwardsrecognise the contributions individuals and organisations make toward the ecologically sustainable management of the state’scoastal zone.
Lake Macquarie CityCouncil’s sustainability manager, Alice Howe, saidcouncilwon the local governmentawardfor demonstrated excellence and innovation in coastal management.
“This is a wonderful acknowledgement forcouncil,” Dr Howe said.
‘’We have integrated the management of the coast, the lake and the channel into a single coastal zone management plan.
“It will help protect those things most valued by residents – clean water, access to beaches, foreshore living, healthy dunes and wetlands – from erosion, floods, sea-level rise and over-development.”
The Lake Macquarie Landcare Network and Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan Community Working Group were jointly recognised as highly commended in the category of community involvement.
“Our community volunteers have contributed greatly to protecting and improving bushlands, wetlands and dunes across the city and protecting the community from lake flooding and future sea-level rise,” Dr Howe said.
The Landcare Network supports residents working in almost 300 local Landcare groups, while the Marks Point and Belmont South Community Working Group are residents who volunteered to work withcouncilto develop anaward-winning local adaptation plan to protect the community from lake flooding and future sea-level rise.
“The draft adaptation plan, which is currently on public exhibition, is the result of five years of planning and 18 months of extensive collaboration betweencounciland local residents,” Dr Howe said.
For more details, and to have your say on the draft adaptation plan for Marks Point and Belmont South visitthe council website haveyoursaylakemac南京夜网419论坛
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