North Entrance

Common Concerns, Myths and Misconceptions

People from the Central Coast take a lot of pride in their local rivers, estuaries and wetlands – they are the lifeblood of our communities. Waterways are complex ecosystems with interwoven relationships between flora, fauna, various environmental components and – most importantly – people. Council and the NSW Government work in partnership to make sure our beautiful Tuggerah Lakes are managed well, stay healthy and can be enjoyed by everyone for many years to come. Some of our shared concerns about the lakes are flooding, entrance management, water quality, odour and seagrass wrack. While many of these issues stem from the lakes’ natural processes, they have started to get worse as pollution and human activities intensify.

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Background
Tuggerah Lakes, known as the jewel of the Central Coast, is a barrier estuary located on a broad and open floodplain. It's actually made up…
Flood plain
Living near the water has many proven therapeutic benefits, from increased happiness to better physical health. That’s why the most densely…
Floods
The dynamic nature of the Australian coast means that long-lasting droughts can be followed by heavy rains and flooding. These fluctuations…
Long Jetty
Central Coast Council has reliable flood records for Tuggerah Lakes that go back over 90 years. Since the documentation started, we have…
Berkeley Vale
When Tuggerah Lakes floods, the rivers and streams carry vast amounts of water to the estuary over a relatively short time. The lakes and…
Beach
The growing population of the Tuggerah Lakes' catchment has always lived with the risk of flooding. To help manage the flood situation,…
Adaptability is one of the most beneficial features of the lake's entrance. It can open wide when the lake floods to release the floodwater…
The Entrance Channel
Most local councils on the NSW coast have entrance management procedures in place where low lying infrastructure is present, and many…
The Entrance Channel
There is a common belief that artificial opening of the channel, either by high-volume dredging or permanent opening procedures, would help…
The Entrance
The exchange of water thorough the lakes' entrance is minimal most of the time. Less than 1 per cent of the water interchanges between the…
The Health of our Water
Caring for our waterways and ensuring they are clean and healthy is everyone's responsibility. Sadly, the ever-expanding population around…
Long Jetty
Trees and plants are the natural filters of an estuary. They slow water flow, absorb nutrients, settle out sediment and provide a home to a…
Canton Beach
Smell is one of the primary human senses. It evokes memories and enhances perception. Admittedly, the enjoyment of our lakes and lagoons…
Sea Grass
Seagrasses and macroalgae play a crucial role in the health of the estuary. They use nutrients and stabilise sediments that have been…
Green Point
Contrary to common perceptions, seagrass or wrack accumulation on the lake's shores is not the sole cause of black ooze. Many factors lead…

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