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Coastal harbours and river entrances

The Department of Industry - Lands (the Department) is responsible for the sustainable management of nearly half of the land in NSW. The Crown land estate encompasses the dry land and the submerged land of the states waterways 5.5 km out to sea and includes the ocean floor, most coastal estuaries, many large riverbeds and some coastal wetlands.

The Department is also responsible for the built assets and the natural resources on and within Crown land. Along the coastline of NSW, the Department manages a range of built maritime assets and maintains access to these assets where appropriate.

The major maritime assets worth a total of $1.6 billion include 25 coastal harbours (outside the commercial Ports of Newcastle, Sydney, Port Botany and Port Kembla), 21 river entrances (including breakwaters and river training walls), the Tweed River Sand Bypass system and Lake Illawarra.

Coastal harbours

The Department is responsible for the management and maintenance of 25 coastal harbours which cater for the commercial fishing industry, growing tourism industry and recreational boating. In addition to being operational bases for the commercial fishing fleet, the coastal harbours are experiencing increasing demand as tourist destinations and departure points for charter boats and recreational boaters. The coastal harbours also provide an important role in the ongoing success of many NSW coastal regions providing opportunities for economic growth, job opportunities, tourism and recreation.

The infrastructure (i.e. breakwaters and river training walls) that defines the coastal river entrances play a pivotal role in the safe navigation of marine vessels, including commercial fishing fleets and recreational boaters. The breakwaters and river training walls are also a popular destination for fishing, walking and sightseeing.

Your Ports

The Department is developing a strategy to guide investment and operations of the regional ports or harbours and associated infrastructure under its management. We recently asked the community to help identify options and opportunities for future investment and management of the 25 regional ports that best meet the needs of stakeholders and the local community.

Harbours

Off-shore boating

During 2015, the Department of Industry - Lands arranged bed level (hydrographic) surveys of a number of river entrances along the coast of NSW. These surveys were completed in June and November 2015. It is intended to complete similar biannual surveys in 2016. The surveys can be viewed below.

Navigating the coastal river entrances of NSW can be dangerous. The NSW Maritime Authority is responsible for boating safety and provides a range of services and advice for boat owners and drivers.

http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/

Current surveys

Berkeley Harbour Aug 2015 (PDF File, 5.3 MB)

Bermagui River Jun 2015 (PDF File, 10.5 MB)

Bermagui River Nov 2015 (PDF File, 12.5 MB)

Brunswick River July 2015 (PDF File, 8.6 MB)

Brunswick River Dec 2015 (PDF File, 2.5 MB)

Clarence River Jun 2015 (PDF File, 3.8 MB)

Clarence River Nov 2015 (PDF File, 5.0 MB)

Evans River Jun 2015 (PDF File, 4.7 MB)

Hastings River Jun 2015 (PDF File, 3.3 MB)

Evans River Nov 2015 (PDF File, 6.4 MB)

Hastings River Nov 2015 (PDF File, 10.9 MB)

Lake Illawarra Aug 2015 (PDF File, 4.1 MB)

Macleay River Jul 2015 (PDF File, 8.8 MB)

Macleay River Nov 2015 (PDF File, 3.0 MB)

Manning River Jul 2015 (PDF File, 2.3 MB)

Manning River Dec 2015 (PDF File, 10.3 MB)

Nelson Bay Boat Harbour Aug 2015 (PDF File, 13.1 MB)

Richmond River Jun 2015 (PDF File, 7.6 MB)

Richmond River Dec 2015 (PDF File, 9.4 MB)

Ulladulla Harbour (PDF File, 15.8 MB)

Wagonda Inlet Jun 2015 (PDF File, 12.4 MB)

Wagonda Inlet Nov 2015 (PDF File, 14.3 MB)

Wallis Lake Jun 2015 (PDF File, 4.4 MB)

Wallis Lake Nov 2015 (PDF File, 2.8 MB)

Wollongong Harbour Aug 2015 (PDF File, 8.2 MB)

Sustainable Dredging Strategy

The NSW Government is committed to taking a strategic and pro-active approach to dredging. Coastal waterways are dynamic sedimentary systems. Periodic maintenance dredging is often required to help achieve the NSW Government’s objectives of providing improved access and safety in our waterways and river entrances.

The focus of the NSW Coastal Dredging Strategy is the delivery of navigation dredging projects.

The benefits that can be achieved by dredging our waterways include:

  • enhanced access for recreational and commercial waterway users and safer boating
  • resource recovery (that is, beneficial use of dredge material for beach nourishment)
  • flow-on benefits for tourism and local economies

The Rescuing our Waterways funding program, provides support to coastal councils working on dredging projects.

Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (PIRMPs) for Moruya and Bodalla Quarries

The Department's Moruya Quarry is located in Norya. Bodalla Quarry is located in Princes Highway 15 kilometres north of Narooma.  The quarries are not operated on a permanent basis.  These Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (PIRMPs) provide details of the processes which are in place in the event of a pollution incident at the Moruya and Bodall Quarries.

Moruya Quarry Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PDF, 1026.8 KB)

Bodalla Quarry Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PDF, 878.13 KB)

Dams

The Department is responsible for a number of minor dams in NSW.

The Bethungara Dam is undergoing a safety upgrade and strengthening project. Consultant GHD has been appointed to finalise the design.

More information?

Please contact us.

 
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