Coast & Estuary Management


Deep Creek Entrance Management Policy

The Deep Creek system is recognised as an Intermittently Closed and Open Lakes and Lagoons (ICOLL).  The Deep Creek Entrance Management policy aims at providing Council and the community with a procedure for the management of the Deep Creek entrance when it is in a closed state.  The content of this policy is based on the findings of the WMA Water Deep Creek Flood Study (2012) and general information found on the Department of Primary Industires 'Management of Coast Lakes and Lagoons in NSW' website:

The policy is to be implemented by Nambucca Shire Council and other relevant State Government Authorities.

Stuart Island Revegetation To Improve River Health

Council in association with the Office of Environment and Heritage is undertaking an environmental project on Stuart Island. The project was targeted for funding as an identified project under the Nambucca River Masterplan. The project involves weed management, rehabilitation and protection of sensitive environmental areas.

This planned work is the first in a series of proposed works focusing on Stuart Island. Other proposals include improvements to the the boat launching facilities and public amenities. The project will be undertaken during the 2014/15 period.

Nambucca River Estuary Improvement - Stuart Island (< 1mb)

Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan

The Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan Final Report dated April 2008 is now available for viewing at Nambucca Shire Council or by clicking the link below.

Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan  (17mb)

Nambucca River Master Plan

Click on the links below to view the Nambucca River Master Plan and Compendium March 2010

Adopted Nambucca River Master Plan - March 2010  (29mb)
Adopted Nambucca River Master Plan Compendium - March 2010 (24mb)

Estuary Management Study

The Estuary Management Study document is over 100mb in size, please contact Council on 02 6568 0213 for a copy of this document on CD at a cost of $6.

Riverbank Restoration Guide

As part of the implementation of the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan, Council in partnership with OEH, Nambucca Valley Landcare and the Northern Rivers CMA, has developed the Riverbank Restoration Guide.  The guide examines the different zones of the Nambucca River and recommends preferred treatment methods for restoration along with suitable species for planting on the bank.

Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study

A final Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study report provided by Consultants SMEC was commissioned by Nambucca Shire Council and received December 2009.  Please click on the links below for the Report (in 3 parts for ease of download) and attached Annexures.

Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study (Part 1)  (6.6mb)
Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study (Part 2)  (6.2mb)
Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study (Part 3)  (8mb)
Appendix A  (6.1mb)
Appendix B  (2.3mb)

Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Nambucca Shire Coastline - Strategies for Resilient Coastal Communities

The coastline is a key aspect of the lifestyle and landscape of Nambucca Shire. The preparation of a Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) is one of Nambucca Shire Council’s (NSC) tools for managing the future of its coastal landscape, natural resources and communities. This CZMP outlines how Council will manage the open coastline within the NSC Local Government Area (LGA) into the future; aligning coastal management with Council’s other strategic and operational plans.
Coastal Zone Management Plan  (25 mb)

Biodiversity Values of Sand Island

Click here (6.3mb) for an informative brochure explaining the biodiversity and values of Sand Island, part of the Nambucca River Estuary system.

Koala Habitat Study & Vegetation Mapping

In 2015 Council and the Office of Environment and Heritage partnered on two (2) projects which involved vegetation mapping and habitat assessment across the coastal areas of the shire. The result of the projects was the preparation of Vegetation Mapping ‘ Coastal Lowland Vegetation Communities and Potential Threatened Ecological Communities’ and a ‘Koala Habitat Study’. These studies are offered for download below:
Click here (16mb) to view the study examining the historical and recent distribution of koalas, in the eastern, coastal zone of the Nambucca Shire Council Local Government Area
Click here (12.5mb) to download volume 1 of the report "Vegetation mapping within the Nambucca Shire Government Area". The report contains information pertaining to "Coastal Lowland Vegetation Communities and Potential Threatened Ecological Communities".