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Woolgoolga Lake/ Willis Creek/ Darkum Creek

Woolgoolga Lake

Coastal Zone Management Plans

Woolgoolga Lake Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan (7.9MB)
Darkum Creek Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan  (6.3MB)
Willis Creek Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan (4.8MB)

Council at its meeting of the 14th of February 2013 adopted the Woolgoolga Lake, Willis Creek and Darkum Creek Coastal Zone Management Plans

The Woolgoolga Lake Estuary is a small coastal lake with a catchment area of 22 km2 with a water area of approximately 3 km2. Willis Creek and Darkum Creek are small estuaries located to the south and north of Woolgoolga Lake having  catchment areas of 3.4km2 and 7km2, respectively. These estuaries are located 580 km north of Sydney and approximately 20 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour.  The ocean entrance to Woolgoolga Lake, Willis and Darkum Creeks sits across a sandy beach with the entrance regularly blocked by a sand berm. These systems are commonly referred to as an Intermittently Closed and Open Lagoon or Lake (ICOLL). 

The catchments host a wide variety of human uses including grazing, horticulture, banana cultivation, rock quarry, sawmilling operation, industrial, rural residential and tourism development. A prime objective of the plans will be to ensure the current health and amenity of the estuary is maintained during and after the proposed residential development is established. 

The Woolgoolga Lake estuary has areas of high environmental and aesthetic value, popular recreation areas plus pressures from existing and potential development and human usage. To ensure the best management of the estuary requires sound assessment of the processes affecting the estuary and solid management strategies to protect the natural environment and promote appropriate development.

Estuary Management Study

Estuary Management Study Woolgoolga Lake
Estuary Management Study Willis Creek
Estuary Management Study Darkum Creek