Eurobodalla Shire's coast was significantly impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires. More than one million hectares of land and 47 estuaries and coastal catchments were impacted across the south-east region.
Council is involved in various projects to aid bushfire recovery of its affected waterways.
South-East Catchment and Waterways Bushfire Recovery Plan
Bushfire-Affected Coastal Waterways Project
Project: The South-East Catchment and Waterways Recovery Plan guides ecological restoration activities for bushfire recovery.
The Bushfire Affected Coastal Waterways Project implements the on-ground erosion remediation, revegetation and weed control works across our catchments and estuaries.
Timeframe: July 2020 - May 2023
Funding: NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), under its Bushfire-Affected Coastal Waterways Program.
The 2019/2020 bushfires affected a diverse range of landscapes and ecosystems across the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Bega local government areas (LGAs).
Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Bega councils engaged an independent consultant to prepare a Catchment and Waterways Bushfire Recovery Plan for south-east NSW. The objective of the plan is to prioritise high-risk sites for targeted ecological restoration activities to aid bushfire recovery and build environmental resilience.
Recommended recovery efforts, at locations where there are ongoing issues, focus on:
- stabilisation of banks and in-stream sediments utilising revegetation
- construction of fencing to assist recovery of vegetation along the creek and river banks
- management of weeds
- erosion control works.
Council began ecological restoration activities at priority sites in 2020. Eight major erosion projects and six revegetation projects were completed during 2020. To further help the vegetation recover, weed control was carried out across 1,400 hectares of riparian areas.
The project will continue until 2023 and further erosion remediation, revegetation and weed control will be completed.
Read the plan
- Shoalhaven City Council: South-East Catchment and Waterways Bushfire Recovery Plan
- Shoalhaven City Council: Fact sheet - South-East Catchment and Waterways Bushfire Recovery Plan
You can watch the presentations on the South-East Catchment and Waterways Fire Recovery Plan prepared by Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Bega councils, which provide an overview of the project on our YouTube channel:
- Final plan overview
- Eurobodalla Council's presentation
- Shoalhaven Council's presentation
- Bega Valley Council's presentation
- NSW South Coast Councils Bushfire-Affected Waterways Projects overview
In November 2020 our monthly Estuary Monitoring Program was expanded to include parameters aimed at identifying impacts to fire-affected waterways. Further monitoring was carried out in consultation with DPE to assess aquatic ecosystem health in response to the 2019-2020 bushfires.
The expanded program includes the following estuaries within the Eurobodalla LGA:
- Clyde River
- Tomaga River
- Moruya River
- Tuross River
- Coila Lake
- Wagonga Inlet.
For more information about the South-East Catchment and Waterways Bushfire Recovery Plan or the Bushfire Affected Coastal Waterways Project, contact Prue Haantjens, Natural Resource Management Project Officer on:
- T: 02 4474 1373
- E: Prue Haantjens
Mogo Creek Restoration Project
Project: Restoring the overgrown creek.
Timeframe: May 2021 - June 2022
Funding: Various funding sources including South East Local Land Services, and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment under its Bushfire-Affected Coastal Waterways Project.
Significant vegetation works were carried out at Cabbage Tree Creek, Mogo during 2021. The aim of the project is to restore the degraded and overgrown creek to a more natural setting.
All major machine-based works are now complete. Erosion control has been put in place, and we have planted over 2,000 native plants to provide habitat and food for the local birds and animals.
Weed control will be ongoing over the summer period to ensure smothering plants such as Japanese Honeysuckle and Blackberry are eradicated.
The community will be invited to get involved with future planting events on the creek as they occur.
For more information about the vegetation restoration works carried out at Cabbage Tree Creek, contact Paul Martin, Invasive Species Supervisor, on:
- T: 02 4474 1000
- E: Paul Martin