The Action Group was formed after the Lake Illawarra Authority (LIA) built a Southern Break wall which failed to achieve the permanent entrance promised by the LIA. Their public excuse was that it would take ten years before the performance of the Southern Break Wall would be known .
History had all ready shown that a Southern Break Wall alone would not work. One hundred years earlier the first Southern Break Wall was attempted and had failed because north east winds create a swell that pushes the sand in to the entrance. This information was placed on a sign post on Windang island, at the entrance of Lake Illawarra, by the Lake Illawarra Authority.
The lake was now being blocked yearly, the smell was becoming unbearable, the lake-water more polluted.
Not only a health risk but also endangering the tourist industry which was suffering, loosing thousands of dollars per year.
The Lake Illawarra Authority then said that it did not have the money to provide a northern wall.
At a Windang community meeting it was decided that a action group involving all the residents from around Lake Illawarra was needed, to push for more funding for Lake Illawarra.
A community meeting was called, a chairperson, secretary, treasurer and committee were elected and the name Save Lake Illawarra Action Group was adopted. Save Lake Illawarra Action Group have become incorporated in May 2005. Memberships are $2 per person and can be attained at the public meetings held every second Monday of each month, except January ,starting 7 pm at Windang Bowling Club.