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Manly Lagoon Friends End of Year Newsletter - 2023

Nov 20, 2023


Manly Dam Info Series - Presented by Manly Environment Centre

Aug 19, 2023

Manly Dam is a special place for many people, with an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. 

Learn more about this precious area (topics range from Bats to Bees and Stars to snakes) with Manly Dam Series of walks and talks throughout September and October 2023. .

Click here for all the details

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UNSW Water Research Lab OPEN DAY

Saturday September 16th 9am-1pm

Aug 18, 2023

Ever wanted to know why rips form in the surf?

Or what happens to all the sand on the beach in a storm?

What amount of water does it take for a car to float?

How are dams, harbours and breakwalls designed?

And how, exactly, do these things get tested anyway?…

Annual General Meeting

Invitation to all members for our first AGM and community get-together! Take this special opportunity to hear guest speakers from the Northern Beaches Council Natural Environment Unit and Manly-Freshwater Surfing Reserve Enjoy live music, drinks from 4Pines, Waterbird Survey Poster display, Q&A Thursday August 3rd, 6-9pm | Queenscliff SLSC RSVP by July 31 via email or text 0419421381 Not a member yet? Click on the Membership Tab!!

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Manly Lagoon Friends May 2023 Newsletter

May 18th, 2023


World Wetlands Day Feb 2, 2023

Jan 26, 2023



8:30-11:30am Hand weeding and site preparation for a planting of wetlands species in the cooler Autumn months.


o Meet - Manly Lagoon near the swings at Lagoon Park West

o No experience necessary - We will be guided by an expert in riparian care

o Wear - sturdy boots and long socks/pants

11:30-12:30pm BYO Picnic

Call with any questions - Mel 0419421381

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Meet the 'Locals' - Fri 13th Jan, 2023

Jan 10, 2023

Hi neighbours 

Meet our wonderful lagoon water birds this Friday

9am kayak launch from end of Riverview Pde for a close look at our waterbirds. BYO watercraft. We have a few seats available in kayaks. Let us know if you need a seat!

10 am All welcome to sausage sizzle & a photo display of the 27 water birds on our lagoon. Most of these photos were taken by Russell Beardmore an experienced bird watcher & photographer 

11am a walk & talk tour along the lagoon. Led by Russell & Tom, how many of the 28 water birds will we see.

Call me if you have any questions. 



Manly Lagoon Friends Newsletter 2022

December 13th, 2022

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Tom Hazell Honoured

Dec 1, 2022

On October 13th, the Northern Beaches Eco Awards were held at Manly Art Gallery and Museum. We nominated a Manly Lagoon Friend, Tom Hazell, for the Caring for our Waterways category. Winning the award celebrated Tom’s 15 years establishing the Manly Lagoon Bushcare Group, which created a lush habitat out of bare land along the riparian zone of Nolans Reserve. A healthy and robust riparian zone has significantly improved the wildlife habitat and water quality of the lagoon. Tom also heads up the Manly Lagoon Waterbird Survey, a monthly count that plays a valuable role in monitoring bird numbers over the seasons and years.


Clean Up Day - September 11

August 22, 2022

Community Clean Up morning Sept 11, 10am til 12. 
Today we are focusing on the northern bank of the lagoon from Stuart Somerville bridge through to Aitken Reserve & Hinkler park. Meet just near the new concreting below the north side of the bridge.
No booking required - just show up on the day. 
Wear - sturdy shoes or gumboots, long pants
Bring - gloves if you have them
Family friendly, inclusive and welcoming event
Contact - Mel Koeman 0419421381

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Community: Clean Up Sat June 18th

June 16, 2022

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Manly Dam and Flooding Updates

July 1, 2022

For up-to-date Manly Dam and Flooding information - click on the image or here to see Manly Dam water levels. Click here for the floodwater site to explore water levels at various sites around the LGA. Thanks to Manly Hydraulics Laboratory for this monitoring.

Mention in Parliament

Inspiring Impactful Change

At Manly Lagoon Friends, we aim to make a lasting impact in the Manly Lagoon Catchment. Our initiatives and activities are designed to embrace the best of community and collaboration, fostering enthusiasm for environmental custodianship. Local MP James Griffin demonstrated his support for our newly formed organisation in Parliament in June 2022.

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