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What do our waterways mean to you?

The Southern Estuaries of the MidCoast region, including Wallis, Myall and Smiths Lakes, Karuah River, North Arm Cove, Kore Kore and Khappinghat Creeks and Black Head Lagoon are some of its greatest assets. They strengthen the MidCoast economy and provide social and recreational values that benefit the people that live, visit and work in the region.

MidCoast Council is in the process of preparing a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for its Southern Estuaries. The Estuarine zone is the area where the freshwater from the river meets the salt water from the ocean.

The Coastal Management Program comprises a five-stage development process and will set out the long-term strategy for the coordinated management of the Southern Estuaries and will aid MidCoast Council to identify, understand, prepare for and respond to the uncertainties of a changing coastal estuarine environment.

The program will build on work that has previously been undertaken in these catchments and will involve input from our community on where and how they use our estuaries.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Stage one

    Scoping study

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Stage two

    Technical studies

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Stage three

    Options assessment

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Stage four

    Coastal Management Program finalisation

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Stage five

    Implementation and evaluation

Our Southern Estuaries

Southern catchments overview

Who's listening?

Have questions or want to learn more about the project? Get in touch.

Erin Masters

Environmental Officer - Water Quality & Education
Natural Systems Team


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