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Support on offer for sensitive South East waterways

Sara Williams at Wapengo Creek

Over the next 18 months South East Local Land Services will be investing over $2 million in priority catchments across the South East as part of the NSW Government’s Marine Estate Management Strategy.

The work will take place on identified priority areas in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley and will focus on rehabilitation of riparian areas, bank protection and mitigating erosion from rural roads and tracks.

Sara Williams and Barbara Jones, whose property is in the Wapengo catchment on the Far South Coast, are the first local land managers to have signed up to participate in the Marine Estate project.

“We understand we are living in a sensitive environment and that our land use activities impact on the Wapengo Creek and Wapengo Lake” they said.

“We want to do our part in improving the water quality, protect our creek banks and surrounding environment as well as helping to support a significant local oyster industry”.

The on the ground works will help improve water quality and benefit local marine habitats, wildlife and the communities they support.

“This project will help address some real problem areas and build on the good work already done, with the aim of ensuring the long term health and water quality of our coast and sensitive estuarine areas in the South East.” said Shannon Brennan, Senior Land Services Officer with South East Local Land Services.

The South East Local Land Services region covers 40% of NSW’s coastline, from Helensburgh in the north, down to the Victorian border, three kilometres out to sea.

To find out more about the Marine Estate Management Strategy or the priority catchments in your area contact Shannon Brennan (Bega) on 0428 259 245 or Sonia Bazzacco (Moruya) on 0429 998 585.


Media contact: Dave Michael, South East Local Land Services, 0418 513 880