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.

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.
  • Stage three (in progress): Develop strategies to protect our estuaries and maintain the values held by our community that are associated with estuaries. Council will host drop-in sessions to seek community ideas and feedback to determine what solutions best align with these values. For example, early consultation identified good water quality, access for recreation and sporting activities, and maintenance of natural beauty 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.
  • Stage five: Implement and monitor the program.

Get involved

We are currently at stage three - looking to develop management strategies for the estuaries - and we're seeking to engage the community on what they value about Moruya, Mummaga and Wagonga estuaries and how best we can improve the management of the estuaries moving forward.

The estuaries are central and critical environmental features of Eurobodalla and hold high ecological, cultural, economic, aesthetic and recreational value for all of us. We want to maintain and improve the qualities of our estuaries without reducing the amenity and therefore it is important that we hear from you.

Your feedback might relate to themes or issues, such as identifying estuary areas:

  • you would like to see be given improved access
  • of ecological or cultural significance
  • of erosion or at-risk flora and fauna.

Give your feedback

Community members were invited to give feedback on a short survey, that closed on Thursday 10 September 2020.

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 will answer 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: