Bega Valley Shire Council has secured a grant of $99,400 from the NSW Environmental Trust for the rehabilitation of Bega’s Kisses Lagoon and to reduce storm water pollution in the town’s urban catchment.
Council will strengthen this grant with a $50,000 contribution sourced from its Environmental Levy.
With these funds Council will be aiming to bring Natural Resource Management (NRM) into town through developing a high profile and functional urban NRM project that delivers environmental, recreational, economic and educational outcomes.
Kisses Lagoon sits at the gateway to Bega and it is part of a wider network of floodplain wetlands surrounding the town. Through making it accessible to recreation we are encouraging people to interact with and value the local environment.
The Bega Urban Floodplain Wetlands Restoration Project aims to showcase natural resource management techniques in an urban setting by making it a drawcard for visitors and prioritising biodiversity management.
It’s a project that will complement environmental rehabilitation projects currently being undertaken by the South East Local Land Services, Landcare and a range of local community groups.
Works will involve willow removal, revegetating drains and riparian zones, and a major two year weeding program, with weeding works targeting the northern and eastern fringes of the lagoon in the first year and the western edge and drain areas in year two of the project.
Other works include landscape upgrades around the lagoon including parking and recreational areas, industry audits and education programs around Kisses and Spence’s lagoons, a further audit of Bega’s stormwater system and the installation of interpretive signage around the lagoon and catchment, and ongoing water quality monitoring.
This Project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environment Trust.
If you would like to discuss this project further please call environmental services on 6499 2222.