THE previously murky future of Lake Illawarra could soon become clearer.
An announcement regarding a review of the management of the waterway will be made within a month.
The state government appointed a new Lake Illawarra Authority (LIA) board last July.
Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources Troy Grant said the one-year appointment would assist in a wide-ranging review of the LIA's future, which included a report card from community members who knew the waterway intimately.
"I'm pleased with the level and diversity of feedback received," he said.
"We want to get it right and make sure it's comprehensive."
Last year, he said the review should be completed by the end of last month.
Mr Grant said community feedback on future priorities for managing the lake was just one part of the process that included meeting with councils and a review of governance models in other areas.
"We've had a lot of survey results, which we're happy with, and the themes of the feedback we got were very diverse," he said. "We have one more round of consultation with the councils.
"In about a month, we'll be able to give some comprehensive information."
Long-time LIA chairman Doug Prosser said the group was looking forward to the announcement.
Windang resident and long-time LIA critic Peter Mair has written to the government, encouraging it to reconsider the board's format.
He proposed the management of the authority be given to a small committee comprised of councillors and staff from both councils, as well as community representatives.
The government established the LIA in 1988 to transform the degraded Lake Illawarra into an attractive resource.