Thursday 24 September 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council has supported a plan to protect the Pambula Lake Estuary and surrounding catchment zones for future recreation, cultural, commercial and environmental benefits.
A Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) has been adopted by Council that recognises the values, uses, condition and range of threats to the lake and identifies short, medium and long term action for the estuary’s management.
These actions include maintaining and enhancing water quality for commercial oyster farming and supporting low impact nature based activities within the catchment and waterway.
The CZMP was developed by Council with local and State stakeholders including the Pambula Lake Estuary Committee, Pambula Lake oyster farmers, NSW Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Office of Environment and Heritage and the National Parks and Wildlife Services.
The CZMP is a management tool that will be used to direct environmental works within the lake and surrounding catchment to maintain the health of the estuary.
Mayor Michael Britten says the plan is a positive step towards maintaining the beauty, health and commercial viability of the Shire’s local waterways.
“We are committed to working with the community and stakeholders in sustaining the recreational, cultural, economic and environmental benefits that Pambula Lake Estuary provides.
“The plan also supports local oyster farmers and encourages new commercial endeavours,” he said.
For more information please contact Council on 6499 2222.