Three plans cut to one for Boonerah

A FUTURE management plan for the Lake Illawarra Foreshore at Boonerah Point should be established by the end of the year.

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

Last week the council met members of the Lake Illawarra Foreshore Improvement Group (FIG) to discuss the future management of the foreshore covering the area of Boonerah Point Reserve, Boonerah Park and three public reserves.

FIG volunteer John Davey said the area had three different management plans and the council proposed to amalgamate them into one plan.

Mr Davey said he was pleased with the response and action from council and councillors to address the group's concerns.

"A timeline has been sent out for residents of the area and we will look to reengage with council over the coming months," Mr Davey said.

"We are confident we can work efficiently with council and councillors at this stage to identify outcomes for the future of the area.

"We came away from the meeting quite positive because of the endangerment project and the great support from councillors and staff."

Mr Davey said the council would undertake various studies such as an endangered ecological community survey and a detailed archaeological survey to identify indigenous heritage areas.

A council spokesperson said engaging an external consultant would allow council to categorise the land in accordance with the Local Government Act.

"Based upon the land category assigned we will then determine the objectives, strategies and actions to manage the land in the future."

In June, the council gave a $20,000 commitment to clean up the foreshore in response to concerns expressed by FIG members about overgrowth along the foreshore. A council spokesperson said due to public meetings and the public exhibition period the final Plan of Management may not be reported to the council until the first quarter of 2015.

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