Woolgoolga, Willis, and Darkum Estuary Management Plans
Client: Coffs Harbour City Council
Estuary Management Plans to enhance and protect Woolgoolga Lake, Willis Creek and Darkum Creek are in the process of being developed. Council is creating the plans in association with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and has engaged GeoLINK, in association with GECO Environmental and Aquatic Science and Management, to develop the plans.
“Our coastal waterways are ecologically important features of our landscape that play a vital role in the life-cycle of the plants and marine animals that live in our environment,” said Malcolm Robertson, Council’s Coastal and Environmental Engineer.
“But they are also somewhere that people like to visit and enjoy. The Estuary Management Plans that we are developing will aim to take all those aspects into account, as well as find ways to make sure these waterways can continue to be healthy and enjoyable for many years to come.”
The finalised EMPs will outline priority actions that need to be undertaken to tackle the key issues for each waterway. The plans will allow the relevant authorities to coordinate efforts and help Council seek any necessary funding.
The project will include development of an Entrance Management Strategy for Woolgoolga Lake which will outline the triggers that will decide if, when and how artificial opening of the entrance should happen.
A community workshop open to the general public will be run later in the year to develop management strategies for the three estuaries. The workshops will be advertised in local papers.