Waterway restoration works complete in Lake Macquarie

A 3-year creek stabilisation and rehabilitation project at Crokers Creek and Cockle Creek is complete thanks to the NSW Government and Lake Macquarie Council joint effort.

Field inspection of rock fillets stabilising Cockle Creek embankment

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the project at Crokers Creek and Cockle Creek has been completed by Lake Macquarie Council with dollar-for-dollar spending of $420,000 each.

"The completion of this project is a testament to how the NSW Government supports and partners with councils across the state," Mrs Hancock said.

"Council was awarded funding under the NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program to complete engineered works, including installation of rock fillets, replanting degraded riparian areas, mangrove restoration and weed removal."

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said this project was identified as high-priority action within the certified Lake Macquarie Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) and had broad community support, including a donation of 10,000 plants by the Greater Bank.

"Council installed more than 50,000 new plants as part of their CZMP with the NSW Government providing technical and financial support through the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program," Mr Martin said.

"The program supports coastal and estuary planning projects and the implementation of works identified in certified Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP's) or Coastal Management Programs (CMP's)."

Grant offers are subject to state-wide priorities and availability of funds each financial year.

The 2021–22 funding round for the planning stream is open and councils are encouraged to apply.