Council, with grant funding assistance through the NSW Governments Estuary Management Program, has undertaken a review and update of its planning for the Wamberal, Terrigal, Avoca and Cockrone coastal lagoons.
The four lagoons featured in the planning process have natural and acquired similarities and differences. Human influences include the developed land within catchments, modification of foreshore areas, along with artificial opening of lagoon entrances to mitigate flooding of low-lying foreshore areas. These influences have placed different levels of pressure upon the lagoons, with commensurate impact on their health and condition.
The planning process for Gosford’s coastal lagoons has been underway for a number of years and forms a key component of council's efforts in continuous improvement of the management of coastal environments.
Council endorsed the Coastal Zone Management Study for Gosford Lagoons on 9 June 2015.
The Study guides council and the community in the development of a plan to appropriately manage activities in and around the lagoons, guide conservation and rehabilitation efforts and ensure people understand the importance of the coastal lagoons for the wellbeing of the region.
The study builds upon the extensive scientific research presented in the Coastal Lagoons Estuary Processes Study developed in 2010. It has been developed through discussions with the communities who live, work and play in the coastal lagoon catchments.
Coastal Zone Management Study for Gosford Lagoons