Beach being created at lagoon

THE keen eye and quick camera work of Harrington Community Action Group members captured an unusual sight in Harrington Lagoon.

Charlie Sumner and Joan Hall watched the digger work in the lagoon during December and contacted the Manning River Times to see if news of its activities had been reported.

The appearance of the digger in the lagoon stems from a $27,000 NSW Crown Lands grant to Greater Taree City Council to assist in "revitalising this iconic area" which is a popular swimming site for locals and tourists.

According to council, over recent years the lagoon has become very shallow as a result of infilling from windblown and tidal marine sands and it has severely affected its usability.

The Harrington Lagoon revival project will involve dredging of the lagoon to reinstate tidal flows, the creation of a new beach and improvements to the site's recreational facilities.

The project will be undertaken in partnership with the Farquhar Inlet Management Group (FIMG) and build on the initial $30,000 funding awarded to the group for the project under the NSW Government's Community Building Partnerships Program.

FIMG president, Bill Nelson said the "project has been in the pipeline for some time and is a real winner for the community."

"This is evident through the support and assistance that has been received for the project from the local community including the Harrington Chambers of Commerce, Harrington Hotel, Harrington Bowling Club, and the King's Big 4 Holiday Park."

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