Lake Illawarra Report, 1974 p.3
2. RESUME OF PREVIOUSLY COLLATED MATERIAL ONLAKE ILLAWARRA
The following material on Lake Illawarra has been brought to and has come to my notice :1. Past files of correspondence on the South Coast Conservation Society2. Files of individuals interested in the Lake3. Past publications of the Illawarra Regional Development Committee that havedeveloped out of their researches on this area.The following generalisations can be made from this material:1. The concern and activities of the South Coast Conservation Society, in their attempt to protectthe environment of the lake for future use and to provide guidelines for present development andusage which are consistent with conservation for future use, have been restricted in the main, toactivities which affect the foreshores of the lake or cross the waters of the lake.In particular, the Department of Main Roads with its highway across Windang, and the proposedexpressway across Koona Bay comes under scrutiny; Wollongong Council and its attitude toNorthcliffe Drive and application by the Illawarra Yacht Club for permission to reclaim part of the lake bed for club facilities comes under scrutiny; Shellharbour Council and its attitude toworks at Lakes Entrance, reclamation of lake bed for premises for the Police Boys club, alsocomes under scrutiny.2. The research of the Illawarra Regional Development Committee, as reported in its findings"The Future of Lake Illawarra" by the Wollongong University College Working Party, and"Foreshore Land Use: Reclamation and Recreation" by R. Robinson has also been directedmainly at the waters of the lake, their state, ecology and geomorphology of the lake structure, andat the problems of management of foreshores.3. There has been some recognition of the effects of land use in the catchment area and man-directed development of land in the catchment area.The two noted developments here relate to zoning and rezoning: presently zoned rural land likelyto be rezoned for industrial use near Kembla Grange, and a package sewerage treatment worksassociated with residential development at Albion Park which would generate large volumes of effluent discharging into Lake Illawarra via Macquarie Rivulet.4. Further, from the files of the South Coast Conservation Society, there would appear to be anattitude of Sydney based governmental bodies, to pass the buck to the locally constitutedIllawarra Regional Development Committee.I understand from the report of that body, that, while one buck of responsibility is readily passed,the same cannot be said of the buck of funds for research or powers and funds to implementfindings and recommendations.It would seem that the interests of all could be substantially strengthened by considerable liaisonbetween these two bodies, where the status, role and processes of action which are different for
both groups can be used to complement one another’s effectiveness.