Community calls for action at Lake Cathie

Call for action: Byron Moody (front) surrounded by concerned community members at Lake Cathie.
Call for action: Byron Moody (front) surrounded by concerned community members at Lake Cathie.

Byron Moody has been holidaying at Lake Cathie for 27 years and is calling for action to return the water body to its pristine state.

Mr Moody is wheelchair-bound and said his favourite activities at the lake include fishing and swimming.

In December 2019, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council installed signage to alert the community that swimming in Lake Cathie is not advisable.

"Low water levels are making the lake undesirable to aquatic life, resulting in an odour generated by dead and dying fish, and floating debris," the statement read.

It's bad news for Mr Moody who was hoping to make the most of the fishing platform, which opened at Lake Cathie in January, 2018.

The project formed part of council's Disability Inclusion Action Plan, to deliver on the vision of creating an accessible community for all.

Mr Moody has fond memories of fishing at the lake. He said he would reel in the biggest hauls when the lake was opened to the ocean.

Mr Moody once snagged a 42cm whiting, which he said was probably his biggest whopper at the location.

For more information on the management of Lake Cathie, please visit https://www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Services/Environment/Waterways-and-coastlines/Lake-Cathie