Science and data

What influences how we manage the estuary?

Development pressure in the Tuggerah Lakes catchment grew rapidly from the 1960’s onward as the shire shifted from a holiday destination to a place of permanent residency supporting ever expanding residential, commercial and industrial centres.

Management of the wider catchment has improved with greater controls on farming, sewerage management and development and the estuary is considered to be “healthier” than it was during the 1980’s and 90’s. However it is not clear how much additional catchment development can be sustained before the estuary is pushed across some threshold to return to the eutrophic (excess nutrient) status of recent history.      

Since 1997 Wyong Shire Council has been working with State Government agencies, aquatic ecologists and local community and interest groups on a 3-stage process to ensure a sustainable future for Tuggerah Lakes. This includes the Tuggerah Lakes Processes Study, The Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Study and the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan.

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Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Study 2001-2004

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