The Lake Illawarra Authority Act 1987 was proclaimed on February 11, 1988.
The NSW Government established the Lake Illawarra Authority (LIA) with the aim of transforming the degraded waters and foreshores of Lake Illawarra into an attractive recreational and tourist resource.
The restoration of ecological values was identified as an important objective. The authority was charged with the task of repairing the environmental damage that had accumulated over decades, both within the lake itself and along lake foreshores.
The degradation of the lake is primarily due to the population explosion in lake catchment areas since World War II. Since the authority was first established, public expectations for a restored lake environment have intensified.
There is a greater awareness among local communities as to the value of the lake. Children are also now more aware of the fragility of the ecological environment, and the threats to the lake arising from development.
However population size in the catchment of the lake continues to grow, and unless erosion and pollution controls are rigidly enforced areas such as West Dapto, Kembla Grange and parts of Albion Park and Shellharbour will seriously impact upon the lake.
The intent of the Authority's activities has been to restore the ecological environment of the lake whilst recognising the importance that the community places on the lake as a vital regional recreational and tourist resource. Tourism is an emerging industry in the Illawarra hence the importance of continuing the restoration program.
The works considered necessary to bring about real and lasting improvements to Lake Illawarra have included:
All members of the Authority are appointed because they are committed to achieving lasting improvements to the lake. The restoration of the lake will benefit natural ecosystems, tourism, recreational opportunities and the quality of life for residents and visitors.
It is recognised that the catchment of the lake will be subject to further development and it is understood that both Wollongong City and Shellharbour City Councils are striving to limit any further pressures upon the lake that may arise from ongoing development in the catchment of the lake. The challenge long recognised by the Authority is to ensure natural lake ecosystems are restored as far as possible to their redevelopment condition to compliment future gains in catchment management.
In pursuing the above objectives, the Authority is committed to working with the community/local councils and government agencies to raise awareness about the need to reduce sediment and nutrient input from within the catchment of Lake Illawarra. Through specific promotional and educational initiatives the Authority also seeks to enhance appreciation about how individuals in the community can each play a part in arresting further decline of the lake.
The Lake Illawarra Authority consists of ten part-time members appointed by the Minister for Lands. Wollongong City Council and the Council of the City of Shellharbour are each represented by one nominee on the Authority. One member is appointed from the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries Division) and NSW Department of Primary Industries (Crown Lands Division) . Of the five remaining community members, one of the members is appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries to be the Chairman of the Authority. Appointments are for a two year term.
|Doug Prosser Chairman
Ron Hales Member
Jennifer Butler Member
Diane Johnston Member
Shane Cook Member
Helen Stewart Member (Shellharbour City Council)
Bede Crasnich Member (Wollongong City Council
Dr Trevor Daly Member (NSW Dept of Primary Industries)
Pam Green Member (Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority)
Craig Abbs Member (NSW Dept of Primary Industries, Catchments and Lands)
|The term of the new LIA board is from 23 July 2012 to 22 July 2013|
The affairs of the Authority are managed by the Executive Officer, subject to and in accordance with the directions of the Authority. The Executive Officer is Mr Brian Dooley an officer appointed by the Director General of the Department of Primary Industries.
Administration is conducted from the offices of the Department of Primary Industries, Crown Lands. The office is located within the State Government Office Block at 84 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500 (PO Box 867, Wollongong NSW 2520).
Telephone: (02) 4275 9471
Facsimile: (02) 4225 0480
Business hours: 8.30 am to 5.00 pm (Monday - Friday)
GPO Box 15
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Approximately six (6) formal Authority meetings are held during the year. Minutes of these meetings are recorded under the direction of the Executive Officer and are subsequently ratified by the Authority at their meetings. In addition to formal meetings, special meetings and site inspections are attended by a number of members. The Authority's Chairman on request addresses service club meetings about the Authorities activities. Standard half day State Government fees are paid to members to cover travel and any other out of pocket expenses.
Under the LIA Act the authority must keep full and accurate minutes of the proceedings of each meeting of the authority. A summary of the minutes are available to the public, and are distributed to Wollongong and Shellharbour
Below are the latest in electronic form:
Meeting 139 - October 2009
Meeting 140 - December 2009
Meeting 141 - February 2010
Meeting 142 - April 2010
Meeting 143 - June 2010
Meeting 144 - August 2010
Meeting 145 - October 2010
Meeting 146 - December 2010
Meeting 147 - February 2011
Meeting 148 - April 2011
Meeting 149 - 9 June 2011
Meeting 150 - 25 August 2011
Meeting 151 - 9 August 2012
Meeting 152 - 10 September 2012
In accordance with the Annual Reports (Statutory Bodies) Act 1984, as amended by associated regulations, and the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983, the LIA prepares an annual report of its operations each financial period. The financial period of the Lake Illawarra Authority commences each year on July 1.
Hard copies of all annual reports from 1987-88 are available from the LIA. Below are the latest in electronic form:
Minister for Regional Infrastructure & Services
The Hon. Andrew Stoner MP
Minister for Primary Industries
The Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson MP
General Manager Crown Lands
Director, Infrastructure and Land Management
Catchments and Lands
Business Support Officer
Note: The Lake Illawarra Authority Act 1987 is jointly administered by the Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services and the Minister for Primary Industries