Port Macquarie-Hastings Council works to address Lake Cathie foreshore erosion in 2018

Erosion: This photo was taken in September after large swell battered the coastline due to a storm impacting the Mid North Coast region. Photo: Tracey Fairhurst.
Erosion: This photo was taken in September after large swell battered the coastline due to a storm impacting the Mid North Coast region. Photo: Tracey Fairhurst.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council estimates work to address the erosion at Lake Cathie will occur in Autumn, 2018. 

Development and Environment acting director Dan Croft said council has lodged a Crown licence application to allow for dredging of Lake Cathie in the area on the eastern side of Ocean Drive.

“The licence is required before dredging works can commence,” he said.

In the plan there is a proposed 'reclaimed sandy beach' at the Lake Cathie foreshore reserve. 

“The intent is that dredged material will be placed against the edge of the foreshore reserve to reclaim open space lost to erosion over the last 18 months,” Mr Croft said. 

Council has lodged a funding application through Crown Lands Rescuing our Waterways program.

“We are hopeful that an announcement will be made soon,” Mr Croft said.

“If grant funding is provided, council will be required to undergo an open tender process for dredging services.

“Timing associated with the tender process and subsequent mobilisation of dredging plant will likely see works commence in Autumn 2018.” 

For more information about the draft Lake Cathie Foreshore Master Plan or to make a submission online please visit http://haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/lakecathie