Estuary management grants 2015-16

Bega Valley Shire Council

Estuary Management Plan Reviews: Wallaga Lake, Merimbula/Back Lake and Curalo    

This project will review the estuary management plans for Wallaga Lake, Merimbula and Back Lake and Lake Curalo to consider new information, data, approaches to better estuary and catchment management and to capture changing views within the community in terms of how the estuaries are managed. Council has successfully implemented a range of actions from their existing plan and this review will help prioritise future actions.

Bermagui River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan

Bega Valley Shire Council will complete a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Bermagui River. It is a relatively small estuary which does not have a vast range of difficult management issues, however as this is a growth area an Estuary Management Plan is required to provide the best outcomes for its management into the future.

Clarence Valley Council               

Everlasting Swamp Hydrodynamic Modelling   

The Everlasting Swamp has been referred to as the ‘Kakadu of the South’ but extensive drainage and modification since 1928 has significantly reduced its ecological attributes. This project will provide land managers with a detailed understanding of the water, soil and ecological processes that can then be used to develop strategies that will lead to the rehabilitation of the wetland. The project will also identify any risks or obstacles that need to be addressed for this to occur.

Coffs Harbour City Council

Bonville and Pine Creeks Coastal Zone Management Plan                          

This project will develop a Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) for Bonville and Pine Creek. The CZMP will aim to preserve environmental and cultural values. The main issues relating to the creek are bank erosion, entrance management, Aboriginal heritage management and water quality. A CZMP for Bonville Creek will include the revision of existing studies, community consultation and an implementation schedule for strategic actions.

Council of the City of Sydney

Sydney Harbour Estuary Processes Study

This project will develop the Sydney Harbour Estuary Processes Study. The over-arching objective of the Sydney Harbour Estuary Processes Study is to assist decision-making for the prioritisation of management actions for a subsequent Sydney Harbour Estuary Management Plan. The Sydney Harbour Estuary Processes Study will provide a comprehensive report on the existing physical, chemical and biological condition of the estuary and those processes and interactions that influence the condition of the estuary, both within and external to the study area. It will also identify enhancement, development and management needs to ensure the long-term ecological sustainability of the estuary.

Eurobodalla Shire Council

Endangered Ecological Community Conservation Works Across Eurobodalla Estuaries 2016       

This project will continue to control threats in the five major estuaries of the Eurobodalla Shire (Clyde, Tomaga, Moruya, Tuross/Coila and Wagonga estuaries). This project will expand on works already undertaken in previous stages and will commence work in a further four new sites. The project will involve undertaking weeding and revegetation works, as well as implementing localised community education programs to improve the condition of these habitats and increase the communities’ awareness and participation in environmental protection works.

Eurobodalla Estuary Health Monitoring and Reporting

This project will see the continuation of estuary health monitoring in the six main Eurobodalla estuaries, and the completion of up-to-date estuary health report cards that track how well each estuary is being managed over time. They will also inform the community of the current health of its estuaries. The project will also incorporate updated mapping of macrophytes in the six estuaries to expand on previous work.

Review Tuross Coila Estuary Management Plan

This project will review  the Tuross Coila Estuary Management Plan which was written in 2005. As Council have implemented a lot of activities from the plan, this plan review will consider proposed intensification of landuse within the catchment, and develop a new plan of management to capture changing views within the community in terms of how the estuary is managed.

Fairfield City Council

Burdett Street Gross Pollutant Trap Installation                               

This project involves the installation of a Gross Pollutant Trap on two stormwater pipes that discharge into Orphan School Creek. It will reduce the volume of gross pollutants, sediment and nutrient loads and contribute to enhanced water quality and estuary health in the Georges River. 

Gosford City Council

Engaging the community to foster long term improvement of our wetland ecosystems

The project aims to control weeds within the target wetlands.  On-ground works will target Juncus acutus and Weeds of National Significance (WONS) including Asparagus weeds and Lantana and will be undertaken by appropriately qualified bush regeneration contractors using best practice bush regeneration techniques. In addition the project will work in partnership with the Central Coast Waterwatch program to implement a community engagement strategy. This will include activities such as water quality monitoring, workshops and field days, catchment crawls, preparation and dissemination of education materials. The engagement strategy will contribute to four of the 10 high priority catchment-wide management actions identified in the Coastal Zone Management Plan.

Gosford Coastal Lagoons Entrance Management Review                             

This project will involve a review of the Council’s lagoon entrance management regime so the desired environmental values are better considered and options are identified for adjusting practices to facilitate desired ecological benefit while meeting the flood mitigation imperatives. The review will be applied operationally to eight lagoon entrances across the Gosford Local Government Area.

Great Lakes Council

Miles Island Weed and Feral Pest Animal Control Project                           

Miles Island is a recreationally and biologically important asset. Historical land use and modification has allowed invasion by a range of noxious and invasive weeds and there is a substantial population of foxes known on the island. This project will provide for the deployment of a coordinated and integrated suite of noxious and environmental weed and fox controls to enhance the condition, function and resilience of Miles Island. The project will also include community awareness and promotion and facilitated natural regeneration.

Greater Taree City Council

Arresting Riverbank Erosion within the Manning River Estuary                 

The project will address the sedimentation of the Manning River by stabilising at least one kilometre of severely eroding riverbank located on private land within the Manning River estuary in partnership with local landholders. The project will involve the implementation of a suite of best practice riverbank stabilisation techniques including rock revetment, rock fillets, stock exclusion fencing, weed management and the revegetation of the riparian zone. The project will result in an improvement in water quality and the enhancement of key fish habitat within the lower Manning River.

Big Swamp Acid Sulfate Soil Remediation Project (Stage 3)        

The Big Swamp project is a broad-acre acid sulfate soil remediation project within the Pipeclay Canal-Cattai Creek catchment. Significant discharge of acid sulfate soil products into the Manning River estuary has adverse impacts on water quality, aquatic ecology, oyster production and commercial and recreational fishing.  The project proposes to acquire and remediate a further 200 hectares of land which will result in a reduction in acid sulfate soil discharge into the Manning River and an improvement in estuarine health.

Hunter Local Land Services

Bank Protection, Cobbans Creek to Ramsar Road, Ash Island, Hunter River South Arm – Stage 3               

The project will stabilise the eroding river bank on the south arm of the Hunter River between Cobbans Creek and Ramsar Road at Kooragang Wetlands. Rock revetment will be installed to prevent further erosion of the river bank while allowing public access to the river. This stage of the work covers the construction at the next highest priority section of the site. Planting of riparian vegetation will be undertaken to restore the construction site.

Kempsey Shire Council

Implementation of Strategy 21 - Macleay Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan                         

There is a lack of information about migratory and threatened bird species in the Macleay River estuary. This project will gather up-to-date information to assist in identifying bird usage patterns, species richness, threats and management issues and identify high conservation value habitats in the Macleay River estuary. It will subsequently develop appropriate management outcomes to protect migratory and threatened bird species in the Macleay River estuary.

Implementation of Management Strategies 8 and 11 Macleay River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan    

There are issues with riverbank erosion and proliferation of Juncus actutus within the lower Macleay estuary. This project aims to rehabilitate 300 metres of lower Macleay River estuary foreshore by removing environmental weeds identified as posing a high threat to a Saltmarsh Endangered Ecological Community; reinstate foreshore stability; enhancing the riparian zone and expanding fisheries habitat within the intertidal zone through a combination of timber/rock fillet protection works.

Kogarah City Council

Dover Park West Foreshore Remediation Project                           

This project involves the design and construction of a revetment structure to reduce ongoing erosion on a steep sediment foreshore slope in Dover Park West. This will involve reducing the existing foreshore slope, installing a sandstone rip-rap treatment on sections to increase foreshore strength while also increasing the variability of habitat on the existing, habitat poor foreshore. The revegetation of a section with riparian and saltmarsh will also be a part of this project.

Lake Macquarie City Council

Living Creek Corridors - Creating the Connections in Lake Macquarie

The ecological health of the Lake Macquarie estuary is highly dependent on inflows from its catchment and tributaries.  Altered hydrology from urbanisation has resulted in many of these tributaries exhibiting increased erosion, sedimentation and weed problems.  This project aims to undertake stream stabilisation and riparian restoration at priority sites to enhance green corridor connectivity and reduce pressures impacting on the Lake. Works will include soft engineering solutions such as rock fillets, bed control structures, bush regeneration, weeding and planting with provenance tube stock as required.

Restoring functionality of degraded foreshores - Lake Macquarie

This project will rehabilitate selected priority foreshore areas of Lake Macquarie which have become degraded over time due to a number of factors including vegetation loss, public use of the foreshore and subsequent erosion by wind and waves. These combined factors act to elevate sediment loads into the Lake, reduce water quality, whilst loss of littoral vegetation diminishes the natural processes of filtering stormwater runoff before entering the lake. The rehabilitation of degraded foreshores of Lake Macquarie will contribute to improving and maintaining the water quality of the Lake.

Wetlands for Wildlife in Lake Macquarie 2015-2016

This project will continue to undertake wetland rehabilitation across the city. The identification of priority wetlands for rehabilitation will be informed by a process that considers current biological health of the wetland, on-going maintenance and the outcomes of a recent study. These works aim to improve water quality, restore and preserve habitat values in these areas, exclude poor management practice and, as a management response, improve the buffering capacity of wetlands against projected sea level rise.

Lane Cove Municipal Council

Bushland Park Stormwater Improvements Stage 1 – Investigation and Design                  

Poor stormwater quality, sediment and gross pollutants from the Gore Creek catchment flow into the Lane Cove River estuary damaging saltmarsh areas, reducing river water quality and threatening the critically endangered Hygrocybeae Fungi community which grows along the banks of Gore Creek in Bushland Park. This project will undertake a feasibility study to investigate the best location, environmental controls and options to install stormwater quality improvement devices and erosion works to improve stormwater quality. This feasibility study will include stormwater modelling and some geotechnical assessment.

Nambucca Shire Council

Nambucca River – Bank Stabilisation and Restoration                   

This project will restore 200 metres of river bank on the Nambucca River at Macksville through bank stabilisation and erosion protection works including the construction of rock fillets, weed management and revegetation. The project will be a pilot for future treatment in similar locations along the Nambucca River and its upper catchment.

Nambucca EcoHealth Monitoring Program         

This project will provide an assessment of the health of Nambucca catchments using standardised indicators and reporting. The project will assess estuaries and freshwater river reaches using hydrology, water quality, riparian vegetation and habitat quality, and macroinvertebrate assemblages as indicators of ecosystem health in streams of the Nambucca region. This scientific information will contribute to the development of a report card system for communicating the health of the estuarine and freshwater systems in the Nambucca Local Government Area.

Newcastle City Council

Astra Street Inundation Action Plan                       

In 2013 the final floodgates of Ironbark Creek were opened to restore tidal inundation to Hexham Swamp. As anticipated, the inundation has led to dieback of the Swamp Oak Forest, which is slowly converting to an estuarine vegetation system. This project will undertake a site investigation to determine what actions Council needs to undertake to manage the conversion of the Swamp Oak Forest to an estuarine system. It is expected that the required actions may include ongoing monitoring, weeding, revegetation, bank stability and/or groundwater management works.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Estuarine Lake Linkages: Protecting the Islands and Foreshores of the Camden Haven 

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will conduct environmental restoration works on public land to protect the ecological values and resilience of this important estuarine corridor between two estuarine lakes. The area supports numerous threatened species and endangered ecological communities. The works will include weed removal, bush regeneration and vertebrate pest control.

Richmond River County Council

Water Quality Monitoring – Richmond River Catchment             

The Richmond River and its tributaries frequently suffer from poor water quality and occasional fish kills. The floodplain contains large areas of drained acid sulfate soils causing acid drainage and Monosulfidic Black Ooze deposition and growth of exotic grasses and crops which can cause deoxygenation events (blackwater) during summer floods. This project will fund the ongoing maintenance of key data loggers, which monitor water quality, to keep them operational. Funding will also enable the continuation of real time monitoring via the website to enable a quick response to events.

Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan Preparation                      

This project will prepare a Coastal Zone Management Plan that identifies the current condition of the estuary ecosystems in the Tweed Local Government Area. It will also present a prioritised set of policies, strategies and actions that can be implemented over 10 years to enhance ecosystem condition. It will include community input into the uses of, and future preferences for use of, the Tweed River to balance the demand for recreational access and ecosystem condition.

Wollongong City Council

Lake Illawarra Coastal Zone Management Study and Plan                           

Wollongong City Council will work jointly with Shellharbour City Council to develop a Coastal Zone Management Plan for Lake Illawarra. This project will undertake an analysis of the work already undertaken, fill in the identified gaps (including a comprehensive community consultation) and produce a Coastal Zone Management Plan that will identify strategies that Wollongong and Shellharbour City Councils can use to address the management issues for the lake through an intensive stakeholder consultation process. 

Wyong Shire Council

Foreshore Rehabilitation at Noamunga Crescent, Gwandalan                   

Wyong Shire Council will address an area of significantly eroding lake foreshore in the suburb of Gwandalan. Sedimentation is known to deteriorate water quality, impact estuarine habitat and reduce the recreational amenity of Lake Macquarie. Rehabilitation of this site aims to address the erosion and prevent further sedimentation of Lake Macquarie from this site and improve the foreshore habitat.

Page last updated: 06 April 2016