A future for the lake foreshore

Ron Mitchell, Sandra Mitchell, Kay Tomlins, Ivy, Julie Atkin, John Davey, Patricia Eagles, Colin Sherack, Don Martin, Anita Teesdale, Fred Pintley, Roshelle Williams, Ella and Jack are from the Foreshore Improvement Group (FIG) and are calling for local residents to help clean up the area. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Ron Mitchell, Sandra Mitchell, Kay Tomlins, Ivy, Julie Atkin, John Davey, Patricia Eagles, Colin Sherack, Don Martin, Anita Teesdale, Fred Pintley, Roshelle Williams, Ella and Jack are from the Foreshore Improvement Group (FIG) and are calling for local residents to help clean up the area. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

THE Mount Warrigal Foreshore Improvement Group (FIG) is calling for volunteers from the community to contribute their time to a bush care initiative and help tidy the Reddall Parade foreshore.

FIG spokesperson John Davey said FIG, which is made up of residents from the Mt Warrigal area, have been working with Shellharbour City Council since last September to raise awareness of the deterioration of the foreshore.

“Particularly the growth of the sheoaks (casuarina trees) along Reddall Parade from Konrads Road to Madigan Boulevard,” he said. 

Council recently made a $20,000 commitment to clean up the foreshore and develop a vegetation management plan for its future management. 

At Tuesday’s council meeting councillors allocated $5000 of funding toward Boonerah Point and $11,000 for Pelican View Reserve, funded from a grant from the South East Local and Land Services. 

Mr Davey said the group was seeking volunteers that were able to offer a day or half a day to work with the council during winter.

“The $20,000 from council is a welcome start but we still have a long way to go and community involvement can help make big difference to this beautiful area that has been let go over recent years,’’ he said.

“We are looking to schedule work locations, dates and times over coming weeks once we have a better idea of community interest.”

Anyone interested in joining the initiative or wanting more information can contact john on 0428 102 038 or email info@figlakeillwarra.com.au

The council will also hold a community meeting regarding the future management of the Lake foreshore at the council chambers at Shellharbour City Council at 6.30pm on Monday, July 14.

The meeting aims to discuss the Boonerah Point park land and three surrounding public reserves and develop a future vegetation management plan.

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