The Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program, currently in Stage 2, is being undertaken by Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV).
An initial community engagement drop-in session was held at the Lake Conjola Community Centre on 19 April 2021, with representatives from Council, DPIE and RHDHV in attendance. Information, including including copies of the NSW Coastal Management Manual, the Shoalhaven City Council Coastal Fact Sheet on the management of Lake Conjola were available. Historic photos showing the changing formation of the entrance to Lake Conjola at different periods of time including periods of closure and opening to the ocean were also available.
The event was widely advertised through social media, Council’s website and letter box drops across the local community. Approximately 25 people attended the drop-in session, including members of the Southern Coastal Management Program Advisory Committee. Feedback on the positive and negative aspects of current management of Lake Conjola was provided through written notes attached to suggested themes.
In addition, RHDHV are progressing with the analysis of water quality data and have been working towards development of a hydrodynamic, water quality and morpho-dynamic model of Lake Conjola to inform the hazard and risk assessment. This will lead to the development of options for management actions.
Following the water quality analysis, RHDHV will move to the development and modelling of options phase for entrance management for inundation, as well as potential water quality considerations.