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The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
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Ballina NSW 2478
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Ballina NSW 2478
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The Richmond River estuary and catchment is highly valued by the community and previously supported a productive network of natural ecosystems, rich biodiversity, and a range of human land uses and activities. Over time these interactions have had a negative impact on the health of our creeks, our rivers, and the estuary.
To address the impacts of human land uses and activities on the Richmond River estuary a 10-year Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Richmond River Estuary (CZMP) was developed in 2012 by Ballina Shire, Lismore City, Richmond Valley and Rous County councils.
Through 12 strategies the goal of the CZMP was to restore and maintain the ecological sustainability of the Richmond River estuary as well as the associated recreational and commercial activities.
In early 2021 a new whole-of-catchment Richmond River Coastal Management Program (CMP) commenced. The aim of this program is to update the CZMP for the Richmond River Estuary in line with new legislation and to establish a whole-of-catchment management approach that will capture all issues and activities in the entire Richmond River catchment. Rous County Council, Ballina Shire Council, Lismore City Council and Richmond Valley Council are partnering with the NSW Government to deliver the CMP. The whole-of-catchment approach means this CMP will also include the participation of Kyogle Council, Byron Shire Council and Clarence Valley Council. The CMP will provide long-term strategy and management actions for the Richmond River.
The Stage 1 Scoping Study (the first of the five-stage approach) is underway and community input is a critical part of this stage.
The Richmond River estuary and catchment is important to many people for many different reasons. The area is also culturally significant as it is the traditional home of the Bundjalung Nation.
There will be a long-term engagement process for the Richmond River Coastal Management Program. If you would like to share your local knowledge, concerns, ideas and photos please visit the Richmond River Coastal Management program webpage: hydrosphere.com.au/richmondrivercmp
The Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Richmond River Estuary (CZMP) is a 10-year plan that details implementation of key actions to address the many issues affecting the health of the waterways and the Richmond River estuary. It was certified by the NSW Government on 24 February 2012.
The estuary extends some 90km from the mouth of the Richmond River to the tidal limit near Boat Harbour.
The Richmond River estuary previously supported a highly productive network of natural ecosystems, human land uses and activities. Agriculture, fishing, recreation and tourism activities interact with each other and the environment that supports them. Over time, these interactions have had a negative impact on the health of our creeks, our rivers and the estuary.
To address the impacts of human land uses and activities on the Richmond River estuary the CZMP was prepared by local governments operating on the estuary, namely Ballina Shire, Lismore City, Richmond Valley and Rous County Council (formerly the Richmond River County Council). The primary goal of the CZMP was to utilise twelve strategies to achieve integrated and balanced methods to restore and maintain the ecological sustainability of the estuary as well as the associated recreational and commercial activities.
Some of the documents used to help inform the development of the CZMP included an Estuary Processes Study, and accompanying Water Quality Addendum. The Estuary Management Study provided a background as to the types of management options that could be utilised to improve the health of the estuary.
The 2015 Ecohealth Report was one of the ‘Fundamental’ management strategies identified for implementation. Whilst it was a study and did not provide on-ground outcomes, it has highlighted the depth and complexity of the issues within the catchment as a whole.
A new Richmond River Coastal Management Plan process has begun. The process will update the CZMP for the Richmond River Estuary in line with new legislation and will now include the whole catchment (including Kyogle and Byron Shire Council areas within the catchment). For more information on this process, visit the Rous County Council website.