Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Oceanographic Antennae Research System licence proposal

National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on a proposal to install an oceanographic antennae system for research. 

The public consultation period has now closed and NPWS is currently in the process of reviewing all submissions. The comments will inform the conditions of the licence agreement.

What is this about?

The Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) proposes to install oceanographic research antennae on the cliffs at Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks, in Myall Lakes National Park and at Redhead in Awabakal Nature Reserve.

SIMS has applied for the licence under section 151 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 for a proposed term of 10 years. SIMS is a partnership between the University of NSW, University of Sydney, Macquarie University, and the University of Technology Sydney. SIMS was awarded funding by the NSW Government to install an ocean monitoring system at this key location in the Port Stephens area.

What will be installed?

A pair of flagpole-like antennae will be installed at each of the two sites. One antenna transmits radio signals across the ocean's surface and the other antenna receives the reflected signal and collects the information about the ocean currents and waves. The antennae will be installed with a sign providing educational information about the research and a weblink where the public may view the live data regarding ocean currents.

What is the research about?

The research will provide critical information about the East Australian Current, including ocean circulation, wave climate, and marine conservation issues.

The research will assist in a variety of issues that affect the people of NSW, such the ocean's influence on storms and rainfall, shark habitats, beach erosion and coastal flooding.

Page last updated: 15 August 2017