Community meet over Lake Illawarra foreshore at Mt Warrigal

The management of the Lake Illawarra foreshore at Mount Warrigal will be the focus of a community meeting on Monday night.

Shellharbour City Council is reviewing its plans of management for community lands and Monday's meeting will be a discussion about plans for the Boonerah Point parkland and three surrounding public reserves.

The council proposes to combine the plans of management for the area.

Last year, Shellharbour council launched an investigation into the poisoning of trees at Boonerah Point, which forced the closure of a nearby children's playground.

The council said hundreds of trees had been poisoned or removed along the lake foreshore at Mount Warrigal over a three-year period.

Last month, the Foreshore Improvement Group (FIG), which is comprised of 100 residents who live along Reddall Parade between Konrads Road and Madigan Boulevard, welcomed a $20,000 commitment from the council towards the removal of weeds in the area.

But the group said it would continue to push for greater control of casuarina trees along the foreshore.

An external consultant has been engaged by the council to provide input into the future management plan for the sites.

"The environmental sensitivities of open spaces are an important consideration in the management of these sites and involve the protection of endangered ecological communities," Mayor Marianne Saliba said.

"Management of foreshore sites also has ramifications on the health of the lake and the wildlife that exist here."

The draft documents will go to the council later in the year and be placed on public exhibition for comment.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers at Shellharbour City Council Administration Centre, Lamerton House, at 6.30pm, on Monday, July 14.

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