The president of a group working to address the ailing health of the Lake Cathie waterway has thanked the community for its support after vital grant funding was received.
The Revive Lake Cathie group notched up the most votes through the NSW Government's My Community Project to receive $25,000.
The group's president Danielle Maltman said the funding will help the committee move forward with their "epic quest to restore the lake".
"With this money we will be working with students from Camden Haven High School and St Columba Anglican School to have the water quality and sediment levels tested," she said.
"With the data the school's science classes collect, we will continue to build the case to show how vital saving the lake and the ecosystem is."
Mrs Maltman said the committee is working hard to engage with stakeholders for the lake's future.
"We are working tirelessly to ensure we still have a lake and for protection of the whole estuary system," she said.
Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams thanked all applicants and sponsors for taking the time and effort to develop their ideas and promote their projects, along with the members of the community who voted.
"My Community Project captured the imagination of the local community, with people putting a lot of work into their ideas. It was great to see people get behind the projects that matter to them," Mrs Williams said.
"These projects came from the community and were voted on by the community. I now look forward to seeing applicants and sponsors getting on with the job of rolling out these projects, and the benefits they will provide to the local community."
The other two successful grant recipients in the Port Macquarie electorate were Hastings Public School and Hastings Secondary College Westport campus.
Hastings Public School received a $140,000 grant for under a covered outdoor learning area. Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus received a $81,000 grant for a plastics recycling machine.