Federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie and Mayor Peta Pinson have toured the Lake Cathie foreshore to celebrate the completion of upgrades and talk to the community.
The pair were joined by several community groups at the Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve on October 13.
Upgrades to Lake Cathie include construction of an accessible walkway, installation of new picnic facilities and a shade structure positioned over the existing all-abilities playground. The Federal government contributed $280,000 to the project.
"Residents around the Camden Haven are going to benefit from these upgrades to public facilities," Dr Gillespie said.
"We've improved the Lake Cathie foreshore with nearly $300,000 in federal funding and that's to encourage more people to get out and enjoy the beautiful picnic spots we have around the Camden Haven."
Residents appreciative of the works, were also saddened by the recent closure of the lagoon.
Lake Cathie resident Kaidee McKerrow said council and the community need to refocus on what's important.
"I think the upgrades are amazing, very multi-functional in a beautiful spot. It's a beautiful place to sit and my son uses the skate park every day, but it's a bid sad watching the lake continue to deteriorate," she said.
"I'd love to see the lake healthy, vibrant and not struggling so much. It's closing all the time and there are different opinions being put forward to handle that.
"It's sad that the whole area is being improved but the lake keeps closing, it's almost pointless without a permanent solution.
"The lake is closed at the moment and really shallow. The foreshore could be wonderful, but how does that help if the lake is brown at the same time."
Council approved the Lake Cathie Foreshore Master Plan as part of the 2017-2025 Recreation Action Plan.
New benches, barbecues and footpaths have been installed as a part of council's stage two Lake Cathie Foreshore Masterplan upgrade works. Amenities were added to the site in stage one and further parking is to be added in stage three.
Lake Cathie Progress Association president Vern Warner said progress is slowing, potentially due to a lack of funding.
"It's really good to see stage two of the foreshore restoration starting. The funding from the federal government will account for about a third of what we need for stage two," he said.
"We would like to see it progress a lot faster than it is. Both the progress association and the community are pushing very hard to get this finished."
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