The pressures of population growth have impacted on Lake Illawarra over the past 150 years. Population growth has resulted in about two-thirds of the catchment being cleared for urban development, industry and agriculture. Human activities, since the 1950s have greatly accelerated pollutant and nutrient inputs to the Lake, leading to a degraded environmental condition. In 1988, the NSW Government established the Lake Illawarra Authority with the express aim of improving the environment of Lake Illawarra, its foreshores and environs. The members of the Authority, representing Wollongong and Shellharbour City Councils, environmental and community groups, have developed a close working relationship with the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources who is assisting in the environmental restoration program. The rehabilitation process is well underway and significant improvements have already been made to the Lake. This paper provides an insight into the management task facing the Lake Illawarra Authority and their plans for the future.
How to Cite:
Clarke, G.T. and Dooley, B.T., 2006. Management of Lake Illawarra. Wetlands Australia, 21(2), pp.pp. 304–310. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.279