A recently completed restoration of Kiss’s Lagoon has transformed Bega’s northern water area from ugly duckling to gracious swan.
The local water birds are taking to their new surrounds, and are expected to benefit from weed removal and revegetation efforts that were undertaken during the three-year project.
An updated path and improved facilities mean locals and visitors have better access to the area’s picnic facilities and clearer views across the water.
Bega Valley Shire Council said the restoration, undertaken with Local Land Services, is one of the most significant natural resource management projects they have undertaken.
The council also hopes to increase the Bega community’s awareness of resource management through education programs for schools and local businesses.
A new pathway better connects the centre of town to the upgraded Kiss’s Lagoon, allowing the natural wetlands to become a part of Bega’s growing urban environment.
This was the intention of council’s coastal management officer Kyran Crane, who developed the project to showcase natural resource management in an urban setting.
“It’s great to see the community enjoying the space, interacting positively and clearly valuing the local environment here in Bega.” Mr Crane said.
He hopes the updated Kisses Lagoon will be a drawcard for future visitors to Bega.