North Creek Scoping Study
Council has begun a Coastal Management Program for North Creek, a coastal tributary of the Richmond River. The aim of the program is to understand some of the longstanding water quality issues that are occurring within the creek, as well as how to best to enhance the ecological values of the waterway into the future. There are significant amounts of new residential development planned for the North Creek catchment into the future, and it is a valued waterway for fishing, boating and swimming. Its natural beauty is also highly valued within the local community as a backdrop to our outdoor lifestyle.
There are five stages to a Coastal Management Program. These are:
- Stage 1 – Identify the scope of the CMP (this is the stage at which the North Creek process is at).
- Stage 2 – Determine the risks (to the catchment), the vulnerabilities and opportunities. Studies will be undertaken during this stage to ‘fill in the gaps’ in our collective and scientific knowledge to build a picture of the catchment as a whole.
- Stage 3 – Identify and evaluate management options.
- Stage 4 – Prepare, exhibit and finalise a Coastal Management Program. The government is then asked to certify the CMP and it is adopted as a management program by Council and government agencies and resourced for implementation.
- Stage 5 - Implement the CMP, including monitoring of progress, evaluation of the implementation program and reporting back to Council, the community and government.
These stages are illustrated below.
North Creek Catchment Survey
We want your feedback about North Creek. Complete the short online survey here.
Coastal Management Toolkit
For more information about Coastal Management Plans visit the NSW Government Office of Heritage and Environment.
For more information about the catchment area and this program download the project's information flyer. Or call Council's Environment Health Officer - Healthy Waterways, Suzanne Acret on 1300 864 444.