$250k to clean up our waterways

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$250k to clean up our waterways Erina Creek/Waterwatch Central Coast

A volunteer group has today been handed a quarter of a million dollars worth of Federal funding to help keep Central Coast waterways clean on behalf of council.

Robertson MP Lucy Wicks headed to West Gosford's Adcock park this morning, to announce the $250,000 in funding for Clean4Shore.

Clean4Shore spokesperson Graham johnston says they'll target Narara and Erina Creeks, Brisbane Water and the Hawkesbury.

"Our aim is to take young people, youth organisations, corporate groups and community groups out on the waterways and remove the rubbish from within our mangroves and foreshore, especially the plastic and polystyrofoam," Mr Johnston told the newsroom.


The investment is part of the Coalition’s $2.2 million Local Environment Plan for the Robertson electorate, a 2016 election commitment, which also includes:
• A $1.25 million investment to Central Coast Council towards the upgrade of the iconic Five Lands Walk track and building the Willow Road boardwalk in Springfield;
• Three new Green Army projects to perform environmental works; and
• A major boost to surf life saving clubs at Avoca Beach, Killcare, North Avoca, Macmasters Beach, Ocean Beach, Terrigal and Umina with a share of $100,000 in funding through the Solar Communities Programme.

The announcement comes just days after a poor report card for a number of our lakes and beaches, while last weekend Central Coast council put out a health warning not to swim at beaches on Tuggerah Lake and Lake Macquarie, due to elevated levels of bacteria.