Estuaries are areas of transition between the land and the sea with environmental, social and economic importance. All major estuaries of Eurobodalla Shire are tourist destinations and are valued for the recreational opportunities they provide. This high level of human impact means that some estuaries are subject to potential environmental degradation.
Estuaries are also one of the most important natural assets in Eurobodalla Shire. They support many diverse ecosystems including mangroves, saltmarshes, seagrasses and sandy shoals. These areas function as natural sediment and nutrient filters contributing to cleaner water in the coastal zone.
Our estuaries are highly productive places and provide breeding, spawning and nursery areas for fish, and foraging areas for birds.
The following links provide information that you can read on specific estuaries, and how they are being strategically managed.
You can also see the Estuary Health Water Quality Report Cards for Eurobodalla, and a review of Environmental Factors (REF) and entrance management policies for Eurobodalla's lakes:
Council has developed a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Tomaga River Estuary, which identifies projects and initiatives aimed at protecting and restoring the environment. You can read our Coastal Zone Management Plan for Tomaga River Estuary.
The Batemans Bay and Clyde River Estuary is in near pristine condition and contains nationally significant wetlands. The Batemans Bay and Clyde River Estuary Management Study provides a program of strategic actions that help to sustain a healthy estuary.
Council has developed an Estuary Management Study and Plan for Wagonga Inlet. The study and plan are aimed at protecting water quality within the inlet and maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
Tuross River Estuary is recognised for its ecological importance. It supports a range of wildlife, especially birds. Read about the Tuross and Coila Lakes Management Program and the Tuross Water Quality Improvement Plan.
The Moruya/Deua River Estuary Management Plan identifies and prioritises both long-term and short-term strategies required for the future management of the estuary. On this page you will find the Moruya/Deua River Estuary Management Study and Plan.
Council helps to protect and manage our estuaries through the Eurobodalla Estuary Ecosystem Health and Water Quality Monitoring Program. View the estuary ecosystem health and recreational health water quality report cards for Eurobodalla.
Council has the responsibility for the management of most entrances to coastal lakes in Eurobodalla Shire, which is a balance between maintaining natural process and preventing flooding of assets. On this page you can view the entrance opening levels of Eurobodalla Shire's lakes.
We can help you
If you need more information, please contact Heidi Thompson (onground works/rehabilitation) or Norm Lenehan (planning/policy):
- T: 02 4474 1000
- E: Council
- visit our customer service centre at the corner of Vulcan Street and Campbell Street, Moruya, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm.