The Great Lakes Council area encompasses a wide array of waterways including rivers, lakes and the ocean. These beautiful natural areas are utilised extensively by both locals and visitors to the area alike.
The appeal of living on the coast presents a challenge for Council in attempting to strike a balance between preserving the natural environment and recognising the need to accommodate increasing populations and economic growth. Managing these diverse demands within the constraints of natural coastal hazards and climate change is the key challenge for coastal planners Australia wide.
The major towns of Forster, Tuncurry, Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens and Bulahdelah and many of the smaller villages are located on estuaries and areas of coastline.
Access to these areas for recreational boating and fishing is made easy through the provisions of boat ramps, wharves, jetties and pontoons.
The table below gives a snapshot of where the recrational waterway facilities are.
All our recreational facilities are now smoke free. This means you cannot smoke within 10m of sports buildings, courts and playing fields, park furniture and park buildings. Please refer to our Smoke Free Recreation Policy for more information.