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Coastal Management Program - Estuaries

In the past 15 years Bega Valley Shire Council have embarked on the development and implementation of formal Estuary Management Plans for a number of the Shire’s more significant estuaries including Wallaga Lake, Bega River, Merimbula and Back Lakes, Pambula Lake, Lake Curalo and Wonboyn Lake. In 2016 Council has initiated new projects to:

  1. Develop a new Coastal Management Program for the Bermagui River estuary

  2. Review existing Management Plans and develop new Coastal Management Programs for the Wallaga Lake, Merimbula Lake, Back Lake, and Lake Curalo estuaries

These projects will run throughout 2017, and when complete, the Coastal Management Programs will provide planning direction for these estuaries over the coming decade, consistent with the reformed coastal management framework in NSW. The aims of the new Coastal Management Programs for our esturaries include:

  1. Providing an update to our understanding of the estuary processes

  2. Considering how best to tackle the threats and pressures on our estuaries, and to protect and enhance their natural environment

  3. Working with the community to find new opportunities for further improving the recreational amenity of our estuaries

Information about the Coastal Management Programs for each estuary can be found in the links below.

Wallaga Lake Coastal Management Program

The new Wallaga Lake Coastal Management Program is being developed by Bega Valley Shire Council in 2017.


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Bermagui River Coastal Management Program

The new Bermagui River Coastal Management Program is being developed by Bega Valley Shire Council in 2017.


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Merimbula & Back Lake Coastal Management Program

The new Merimbula & Back Lake Coastal Management Program is being developed by Bega Valley Shire Council in 2017.


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Lake Curalo Coastal Management Program

The new Lake Curalo Coastal Management Program is being developed by Bega Valley Shire Council in 2017.


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Contact us

Get in touch with the Coastal Management Program - Estuaries project team.