11 February 2015 Have Your Say on Estuary Plan

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A draft strategic plan that contains measures to help protect the future health and amenity quality of Coffs Creek and its waterways is on exhibition for public comment until February 25.

 

“Coffs Creek is a hugely important part of the Coffs Harbour city and community, but there’s ever-increasing pressure on the waterway and its catchment from a growing population, tourism and recreational activities,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

 

“The key to ensuring the continued health and protection of the estuary is to achieve a balance between the community’s needs and the environment’s – and that’s what this draft management plan seeks to do.”
 

The draft Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan for Coffs Creek was developed by independent consultants, Geolink.

 

Extensive community consultation has also been undertaken and the draft plan reflects both the studies and the community’s input.

 

A range of potential management strategies have been developed, prioritised and

detailed in the draft plans to address the key issues of each waterway.

 

For example in Coffs Creek the top three issues are:

 

•             Rehabilitate Riparian Corridors in the Upper Catchment

•             Conserve Riparian Corridors in the Lower Catchment

•             Foreshore Management Works for Lower Estuary Reserves

 

Anyone wishing to view the draft plans can see them at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library in Coff Street, Council’s Main Administrative Centre and via Council’s website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/publicnotices