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Lake Curalo Coastal Management Program

The Lake Curalo Estuary Management Committee was established in 1996 by the Bega Valley Shire Council for the purpose of preparing and implementing a management plan for the lake, in accordance with the NSW Government’s Estuary Management Policy. This committee oversaw the production of a data compilation study in 1997, the Lake Curalo Estuary Processes Study in 2002, and the Lake Curalo Estuary Management Study and Plan also in 2002. In October 2016 BVSC and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have partnered with specialist consultant the UNSW Water Research Laboratory, to again review the estuary management plan, upgrading it to a new Lake Curalo Coastal Management Program, consistent with the requirements set out under the new Coastal Management Bill (2016). In December 2016 BVSC will assemble a focus group of stakeholders and community representatives to oversee the development of the new Coastal Management Program, which will aim to:

  1. Review and summarise all available information and reports to develop an up-to-date understanding of the environmental processes and health of the lake

  2. Review estuary management actions from previous plans that have now been completed

  3. Determine if incomplete management actions still require attention

  4. Identify any new issues and pressures for Lake Curalo and its catchment

  5. Engage with the local community and stakeholders to determine management aspirations and issues

  6. Propose and evaluate a suite of new management actions that are based on the old plans, analysis of new information and stakeholder feedback

  7. Update all out of date legislation and incorporate any new legislation

  8. Prepare a new series of management action maps and tables expressing the information outlined above