Hunter Local Land Services

State and local government working together to improve water quality

The Tuggerah Lakes estuary located on the NSW central coast is a unique environment that is home to a rich variety of wildlife and vegetation such as saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands.

 

Over the last 30 years the estuary has been affected by human activities resulting in nearly half of the wetlands being lost due to development, and stormwater runoff delivering nutrients and sediment to those that remain.

 

In 2006, Wyong Shire Council developed the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan to help manage the estuary and received a $20 million grant from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country to deliver improved water quality.

 

In 2011, the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority CMA partnered with Wyong Shire Council through a $1 million program designed to help landholders protect and rehabilitate native vegetation and improve land management practices in the Tuggerah Lakes catchment.

 

The program resulted in 47 practical projects that included planting of native plants, rehabilitation of riparian and wetland areas, control of Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) and stock exclusion fencing of riparian areas.

 

The CMA reached 297 land holders through capacity building workshops in areas such as weed identification and field days to engage the community and provide skills in sustainable land management.

 

Over 15 media releases resulting in 30 stories about projects were published in the local press and radio.

The CMA also developed a series of YouTube style videos outlining details of eight landholder projects called Stories from our Catchment, these can be viewed – http://www.loveourlivinglakes.com.au/love/lakeguardians/catchment-management-authority/stories-from-the-catchment/

 

Key outputs met as part of this program:

  • 117 hectares of WoNS removed
  • 258 hectares of land has been managed to improve biodiversity
  • More than 21 km of land adjacent to waterways fenced to exclude cattle
  • Over 525 hectares of land has had improved management practices applied

 

“Protection of vegetation on our property has given us the opportunity to provide a secure healing sanctuary for the participants in our Bridge program.” Jeanette Stoltenberg – Salvation Army Dooralong Transformation Centre.

 

Image: Dan Keating from the CMA and Jeanette Stoltenberg from The Salvation Army’s Transformation Centre at Dooralong

State and local government working together to improve water quality

 

Wyong Shire Council developed the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan to help manage the estuary and in 2006 received a $20 million grant from the Australian Government to deliver improved water quality. In 2011, the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority partnered with Wyong Shire Council through a $1 million program to improve land management practices in the catchment.

 

  • 117 ha of WoNS removed
  • 258 ha managed to improve biodiversity
  • 21 km of waterways fenced to exclude cattle
  • Improved management practices over 525 ha
  • 297 landholders reached through capacity building
  • 30 stories published in local press

Image: Tim Eyes – Landholder, Jilliby Jilliby Creek