Coastal & estuary management

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Crooked River estuary

Council coordinates management committees for the Minnamurra River and Crooked River estuaries.

The committee's purpose is to ensure the current and future health of the rivers and estuaries.

Committee members include representatives from:

  • Council
  • government departments
  • our community.

The committees provide important input into our Estuary Management Plans that must meet NSW Coastal Zone Management Program requirements.

Visit the Department of Primary Industries' website for information on what you can do to help keep our rivers and estuaries healthy:

  Living and working on a riverbank

Minnamurra River Coastal Zone Management Plan

Key points on the Coastal Zone Management Plan:

  • Community consultation identified a desire to protect the existing natural character and beauty of the Minnamurra River area while maintaining the highly valued recreational opportunities.
  • The plan is the result of extensive study of existing and historical information that gives an overall picture of the estuary's current health.
  • It considers ways to maintain and improve the estuary's health for future generations, and identifies potential risks associated with future sea level rises.
  • Community consultation identified issues as being urban development, agriculture, extractive industries, solid waste management facilities, boating speed and waterway safety.
  • Ecosystem health issues in the lower estuary include the impact of terrestrial weeds on sensitive wetland and riparian environments, and the impact of water quality degradation and recreational activities on estuarine habitats.

Crooked River Coastal Zone Management Plan

Community consultation identified the main values and issues relate to the natural beauty, safety and cleanliness of the Crooked River estuary, and how these contribute to the community's use of it for passive and active recreation.

The plan contains actions to address key goals of:

  • managing faecal and nutrient inputs into the Crooked River and its tributaries
  • managing acid sulfate soils and mitigation of runoff events that occur periodically
  • managing identified bank erosion and sources of sediment
  • managing riparian areas in the estuary and its tributaries
  • managing terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity
  • researching potential climate change impacts on estuary health and agricultural productivity
  • ensuring strategic implementation of on ground works throughout the catchment
  • ensuring the community can access information relating to the Crooked River estuary.

Achieving these goals involve the cooperation and coordination of:

  • multiple local and state government agencies
  • the local community
  • our local landholders.

Werri Lagoon

Werri Lagoon is a shallow, coastal lagoon often closed to the sea.  

Attempting to keep the entrance open permanently is not technically feasible or desirable.

The lagoon entrance is opened by our outdoor staff when it reaches certain conditions, to prevent the threat of flooding of roads and urban areas.

These conditions are set in:

Hard copies

Hard copies of all plans are available at:

  • Administration Centre, 11 Manning Street, Kiama
  • Kiama Library, Railway Parade, Kiama.

Beaches and sand dunes

We maintain the following adjoining sand dune systems and beaches:

  • Jones Beach,  Kiama Downs
  • Bombo Beach, Bombo
  • Black Beach, Kiama
  • Surf Beach, Kiama
  • Kendalls Beach, Kiama
  • Easts Beach, Kiama Heights
  • Werri Beach, Werri Beach
  • Walkers  Beach, Gerringong
  • Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa.

Plans of Management available for:

  • Jones Beach
  • Walkers Beach
  • Werri Beach.