Narrabeen Lagoon State Park set for major expansion

4 May 2017

Narrabeen Lagoon Photo  Maurice van Creij

Narrabeen Lagoon State Park, one of the largest coastal lagoons in Sydney, is set to expand by over 140 hectares following negotiations by the Northern Beaches Council and the NSW Department of Industry – Lands. The expansion will help ensure greater environmental protection for the lagoon and its surrounding catchment.

Narrabeen Lagoon is one of the jewels of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  It is one of the largest coastal lagoons in Sydney and sits within an important ecosystem — supporting a variety of native animals through a network of wildlife protection areas.

The NSW Government has announced plans to expand the Narrabeen Lagoon State Park by over 140 hectares.  The state park was established by the NSW Government in 2014 to help ensure greater environmental protection for the lagoon and its surrounding catchment. This expansion will strengthen that protection.

The move is the result of negotiations between the newly formed Northern Beaches Council and the NSW Department of Industry – Lands, which have seen seven Crown reserves added to the state park. The state park originally covered 247.2 hectares. This expansion adds a further 140.5 hectares, bringing the total to 387.7 hectares.

Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater, said, “This expansion to the state park preserves the area’s status for public recreation and tourism along with protecting its environmental characteristics.

“Seven additional Crown reserves now come under the management of the Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Trust meaning facilities for public recreation can continue to be supported and the area’s natural habitats protected.”

The inclusion of the Crown reserves in the state park allows a single Trust to oversee the entire area, ensuring an important natural resource is well managed and preserved for future generations.