Shaws Bay Precinct
water quality and amenity improvements
Ballina Shire Council is about to embark on a series of actions from the Coastal Zone Management Plan to improve the Shaws Bay precinct for the health of the ecosystem and our community.
Shaws Bay is the body of water that was formed when the northern training wall of the Richmond River was constructed near the river entrance at Ballina.
The bay comprises part of the former river course and exchanges water with the main river every day. It is a popular spot for leisure activities such as picnicking, swimming, snorkelling, canoeing and walking.
The area is very scenic and the landform varies from gently sloping beaches to a steep sandy escarpment which retains littoral rainforest species. The seagrasses in the bay are regarded as some of the best in northern NSW and provide a wonderful environment for safe snorkelling.
Protecting the health of the bay and providing community access
A Shaws Bay Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) has been developed to establish management objectives, address management issues and identify community desires for the future management of Shaws Bay.
The CZMP was certified by the NSW Minister for Planning and was Gazetted on 24 June 2016 and includes a series of actions that will assist to achieve the plan’s objectives.
Ballina Shire Council will progressively work through these actions, and has identified the following works to progress in 2017 (illustrated in attached factsheet).
Actions completed or underway
Mangrove removal will once again occur prior to Christmas along the training wall and on the western foreshore adjacent to Compton Drive (juvenile mangroves and as per licence from Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries).
Water testing and monitoring for recreational swimming quality under the Beachwatch Program commenced in November and occurs weekly.
New toilet facilities at Pop Denison Park (completed).
Action 1: Control bank erosion and siltation into the bay
The existing rock will be removed, banks stabilised and access to the bay improved. Sandy beaches will be created and access to other areas will be closed to allow for revegetation. Much of this work will be carried out at low tide.
Timeline to commence: Feburary 2018
Funding partners: Ballina Shire Council, Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Industry - Lands.
Action 2: Dredging
Objective: Reduce infilling and improve water circulation.
This stage of the CZMP is of great importance for the health of the bay. Council is discussing proposals with Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries and Office of Environment and Heritage.
Council has received grant funding from the OEH to advance the investigation, studies, approvals and licences required to progress the dredging works.
Timeline to commence: Investigation already underway with the sea-grass mapping completed and sediment core samples obtained.
Funding partners: Ballina Shire Council, Department of Industry - Lands, Office of Environment and Heritage.
Action 3: Improve Compton Drive Foreshore
Objective: Enhance safety and recreational amenity of the foreshore and improve stormwater systems and treatments.
Timeline to commence: 6 November 2017
Funding partners: Ballina Shire Council.
Action 4: Expand Pop Denison Park
Objective: Enhance ecological value, foreshore access and recreational amenity of the Park.
These works improve access to the eastern foreshore. The shared path will also continue through this precinct with additional carparking.
Timeline to commence: soon
Funding partners: Ballina Shire Council.
- Shaws Bay Precinct - water quality and amenity improvements - Update - November 2017
- Shaws Bay Precinct - water quality and amenity improvements - Update - February 2017
- Shaws Bay Coastal Zone Management Plan - Volume 1 - November 2015 (2.8mb pdf)
- Shaws Bay Coastal Zone Management Plan - Volume 2 - November 2015 (3.2mb pdf)
- Shaws Bay Estuary Management Plan 2000 (pdf)
- Shaws Bay Part V - Notice of Determination - 1 March 2017
- Shaws Bay Foreshore Upgrades - Review of Environmental Effects - 29 January 2017 (11.6mb pdf)
- Beachwatch Monitoring
Development and Environmental Health Group, Ph: 02 6686 1210.