Lake Guardians

Protecting and preserving

Wyong Shire Council is working hard alongside the local community to make sure the future of the Tuggerah Lakes estuary is bright and healthy.

Back in 2008, Council received funding through the Australian Government Caring for our Country program for a 5-year Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan (EMP).

Since then, Council has been working with many different organisations - including Office of Environment & Heritage, Catchment Management Authority and National Parks and Wildlife Service – as well as the local community to implement the plan that combines research and education with practical on-ground works.

Some of our achievements so far

  • Rehabilitated streambank in Wyong River, Ourimbah Creek, Tumbi Creek and Wallarah/Spring Creek
  • Planted thousands of native plants around the estuary and streambanks
  • Undertook scientific investigations and monitoring of water quality to help us to know where to concentrate our efforts
  • Remove on average 4000m2 of wrack (seagrass leaves) from lakes every year
  • Run many community education and awareness program per year
  • Construction of foreshore recreational facilities, including shared pathways and boatramps.
  • Construction of stormwater treatment devices to prevent sediment and nutrients from getting into the lake

What else have we been doing. Find out more.


Community members paricipating in a workshop

Photo: Community workshop at Pioneer Diary

Wrack harvester on lakes

Photo: Wrack harvester on Tuggerah Bay

Streambank Rehabilitation in the upper Wyong River catchment

Photo:Streambank rehabilitation in the Upper Wyong Creek