Who is loving the lakes

The Tuggerah Lakes estuary is a unique environment and rich in biodiversity. Over the years the estuary has been influenced by a range of human activities.

About half of the wetlands (the upstream filter system) have already been lost, 85% of natural foreshore vegetation, including saltmarsh has been degraded, and urban development is directing surges of stormwater into the lakes, all of which continually contribute to problems such as poor water quality and ‘black ooze’.

In response to community concerns about the health of the Tuggerah Lakes, a management plan for the Tuggerah lakes was developed Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan (EMP). The EMP is an overarching strategic document that aims to rehabilitate Tuggerah Lakes to a point where it can effectively maintain itself.

Since the completion of the EMP, Council has been working to implement the actions outlined within it. Some of the actions are improving how we do some of our day-to-day work such as improving stormwater infrastructure, while other actions require special funding to help us achieve our targets. Since its adoption, the EMP has been supported by a number of separate programs.

Throughout this website you will find out what is being done to restore the Tuggerah Lakes estuary and what you can do to help its health.

Detailed information on achievements can be found in the following reports.

Final report: Stage 1: 2008-2010 (15.25 MB)

Final report: Stage 1.1: 2011 (951.55 KB)

Final summary report: Stage 2: 2013 (7.96 MB)

Final evaluation report: Stage 2: 2013 (2.09 MB)

Tuggerah bay from Tacoma - Photo by David Benson
Photo: Tuggerah Bay from Tacoma
Bar-tailed Godwit at Chittaway - Photo by Christina Port
Photo: Bar-Tailed Godwits at Chittaway Bay