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Lake Illawarra Authority

The NSW Government established the Lake Illawarra Authority (LIA) with the aim of transforming the degraded waters and foreshores of Lake Illawarra into an attractive recreational and tourist resource. The restoration of ecological values was identified as an important objective. The LIA was charged with the task of repairing the environmental damage that had accumulated over decades, both within the lake itself and along lake foreshores.

In 2013, a review of the LIA was undertaken to determine the best future management options for Lake Illawarra. The NSW Government will adopt the recommendations of the review of the Lake Illawarra Authority which found the LIA had achieved its targets for improving the aquatic ecosystem and the foreshore recreational and boating amenities. The main recommendation is to replace the LIA with an Estuary Management Committee, effectively returning management of the lake to Wollongong and Shellharbour City Councils and the community.

Transition actions so far

  • Transfer ownership of the bed of the Lake back to the Crown.
  • Contact with current licence holders for domestic jetties and facilities to migrate to new licence arrangements with Crown Lands.
  • Preparation for repeal of theLake Illawarra Authority Act 1987 is scheduled for 2014.

About the Lake Illawarra Authority and its achievements

Lake Illawarra is located between the Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean on the NSW South Coast some 90 km south of Sydney. Water flowing into it is both fresh (from the escarpment) and salty (from ocean tides).

The Lake Illawarra Authority Act 1987 was proclaimed on February 11, 1988.

The NSW Government established the LIA with the aim of transforming the degraded waters and foreshores of Lake Illawarra into an attractive recreational and tourist resource. The restoration of ecological values was identified as an important objective. The LIA was charged with the task of repairing the environmental damage that had accumulated over decades, both within the lake itself and along lake foreshores.

The degradation of the lake was primarily due to lake catchment areas since World War II. Since the LIA was first established, public expectations for a restored lake environment have intensified. There is a greater awareness among local communities as to the value of the lake. Children are now more aware of the fragility of the ecological environment, and the threats to the lake arising from development and neglect.

However population size in the catchment of the lake continues to grow, and unless erosion and pollution controls are rigidly enforced West Dapto, Kembla Grange and parts of Albion Park and Shellharbour will seriously impact upon the lake.

Annual reports

Annual reports from 2006/07 to 2011/12 are available to download from OpenGov.nsw.gov.au

Minutes

Meeting minutes from the LIA are available for the period October 2009 to June 2013. Download the minutes as a ZIP file.

Contact us

Contact us by calling 1300 886 235. 

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