Coastal Estuary Management Plan

Coastal Estuary Management Plan for Moruya River, Mummaga Lake and Wagonga Inlet

Eurobodalla Shire Council and coastal management specialists Salients are currently preparing the Coastal Estuary Management Plan for Moruya River, Mummaga Lake and Wagonga Inlet. This is a standalone plan for the management of our estuaries and shouldn’t be confused with Eurobodalla’s Open Coast Coastal Management Plan (CMP).

Under the NSW Coastal Management Act 2016 having a certified Coastal Management Program enables access to NSW Government funding to protect, manage and maintain our coastal estuaries. The program will be delivered in five stages:

  • Stage one (complete): Prepare a scoping study to identify key issues and the range of technical assessments required.
  • Stage two (complete): Technical investigation to identify areas that are potentially at risk from coastal hazards now and into the future. These will be investigated following the certification of this CMP as an action.
  • Stage three (complete): Develop strategies to protect our estuaries and maintain the values held by our community that are associated with estuaries. Council held drop-in sessions and undertook an online survey to seek community ideas and feedback to determine what solutions best align with these values. Water quality, access for recreation and sporting activities, maintenance of natural beauty have been recognised as key community values.
  • Stage four: Public exhibition and certification of the program. The community will have a final opportunity to comment and contribute during this stage. The draft Estuaries CMP is now on public exhibition until 5 January 2022.

Public exhibition

The draft Estuaries CMP is now on public exhibition until 5 January 2022. A hard copy of the draft document can be viewed at Council's Administration Building, 89 Vulcan Street, Moruya and Narooma Library, Field Street, Narooma.

Once the exhibition has concluded we will incorporate, where appropriate, community and NSW Government agency feedback into the final draft. We will notify anyone who makes a submission of the outcome.

Community engagement

Most recently, community members were invited to give feedback on a short survey, which helped us to identify the community values around estuary management.

This survey asked for feedback about what people would like to see in terms of management solutions or areas for management that might lie outside the scope of the existing management plans.

The survey included a section to ask questions which our project managers answered on our frequently asked questions page.

Background information

We have existing management plans in place for Moruya and Wagonga. Being a smaller estuary and partially under management of National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS), Mummaga Lake does not have an existing plan.

Contact us

For more information, contact Council's Coast and Flood Management Planner on: