Environmental Plans and Strategies

 Planning plays a vital role in natural resource management ensuring a strategic approach to protecting the local environment. As such, Council has developed key plans and strategies to guide the management and implementation of onground works ensuring the long term viability of the region's environment. 

  

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Wallis Lake Estuary and Catchment Management Plan

Wallis Lake Navigation Dredging Assessment        

Karuah River Ecological Condition Assessment    

2011 Lower Myall River Estuary Studies

Pindimar & Bundabah Foreshore Erosion Study  

Waterway & Catchment Report Card

Wallis Lake Wetlands Strategy 

Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) 

Darawakh/Frogalla Wetland Management Plan

Port Stephens/Myall Lakes Estuary Mgt Plan

Coastal Zone Management Plan for Smiths Lake

Wallamba River Memorandum of Understanding

Mid Wallamba River: Rivercare Plan

Lower Wallamba River: Rivercare Plan

State of the Environment (SoE) Report

Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens Koala Recovery Plan

Vegetation Mapping 

 

 

Wallis Lake Estuary and Catchment Management Plan
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The Wallis Lake Estuary & Catchment Management Plan is built on a review of the original Wallis Lake Catchment Plan (2003) (volume 1, volume 2) and Wallis Lake Estuary Plan (2005). It provides a detailed picture of the state of the Wallis Lake Estuary and its Catchment. The Plan addresses issues regarding the social, cultural, environmental, recreational and commercial amenity of the lake, its waterways and catchment. 

 

Wallis Lake Estuary & Catchment Management Plan

Wallis Lake Estuary & Catchment Management Plan Summary Document

 

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Wallis Lake Navigation Dredging Assessment
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   Maintenance dredging for navigation purposes is an important activity undertaken in the Great Lakes. Before any dredging activities can be undertaken, Great Lakes Council has an obligation to consider the likely environmental impacts of the proposed maintenance dredging and dredge spoil emplacement activities and to consider the appropriate level of environmental assessment that is required.

These three reports provide an overview of key sites for future dredging activities in Wallis Lake, as well as an assessment of the potential impacts of dredging. As dredged channels will refill with sand and sediment over time these, these reports also provide recommendations for when future maintenance dredging should take place.    

 

Wallis Lake: Dredging and Disposal Options Assessment (2011)

Coastal Process Report: Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Assessment of Wallis Lake Dredging (2011)

Wallis Lake Dredging Assessment (2011)

 

An additional overview of these reports and a summary of maintenance dredging options is also provided in Appendix B of the Wallis Lake Estuary and Catchment Management Plan.

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Karuah River Ecological Condition Assessment
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As the first stage in preparing a catchment plan for the Karuah River a benchmark assessment of the health of the river has been completed. The next stage is to prepare a catchment plan to identify actions to maintain and improve the health of the catchment.

An Ecological Health Assessment of the Karuah River

 

   

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2011 Lower Myall River Estuary Studies
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The objective of the estuary health assessment and the sediment and hydrodynamics assessment is to provide  baseline information and robust science on the natural processes operating in the lower Myall River to allow the making of informed decisions for the future management of the lower Myall River Estuary.

There are two reports available for download.

1. Ecological Condition of the lower Myall River Estuary

2. Sediment & Hydrodynamic Assessment of the Lower Myall River Estuary and Preparation of Management Recommendations

The sediment and hydrodynamic report has been separated into 5 parts for ease of download.

    Part 1 - Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Introduction    

    Part 2 - Identifying the Issues, Available Data and Analysis

    Part 3 - Computer Model Development

    Part 4 - Analysis of Options and Alternatives, Next Steps, References

    Part 5 - Appendices

   

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Pindimar & Bundabah Foreshore Erosion Study  

 

Upper Pindimar, Pindimar, Lower Pindimar and Bundabah are located on the northern shoreline of Port Stephens Estuary within the Great Lakes Council Local Government Area.

This study investigated foreshore erosion issues along these shorelines. 

Due to the size of the report it has been separated into 3 parts, for ease of download:

Part 1: Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Introduction, Legislative Framework, Community Consultation, Background to Physical Processes - 2.8MB

Part 2: Lower Pindimar, Pindimar, Upper Pindimar, Bundabah, Foreshore Protection Strategy - 4.3MB

Part 3: Appendices - 8.3MB

   

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 Waterway & Catchment Report Card 
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The Waterway and Catchment Report Cards outline the ecological health of our waterways and are intended to read like a school report card grading our waterways from A to F.  The grades indicate how waterways in the Great Lakes compare to other similar sites across New South Wales.

The 2014 Waterway and Catchment Report Card was launched on the banks of the Wallamba River on Monday 24 November.

 

2014 Waterway & Catchment Report Card (web view)

2013 Waterway & Catchment Report Card (Printable Version)

2012 Waterway & Catchment Report Card (Printable Version)

2011 Waterway & Catchment Report Card (Printable Version)

 

The  2014 Waterway and Catchment Report contains further information on the methodology used to develop the Report Card as well as details on the results and the management actions taken across our catchments. Details from previous Report Card results can be found in the water quality sections of the State of the Environment Reports.

View the mini movie prepared by students from Great Lakes College and other stories about water quality projects which help achieve our Report Card grades.    

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Wallis Lake Wetlands Strategy

 

 

The Wallis Lake Wetlands Strategy was adopted by Great Lakes Council on 12 October 2010.  It sets out the vision, guiding principles and actions to protect, manage, and where required, restore wetlands across the Wallis Lake Catchment.

Wallis Lake Wetland Strategy

 

 

 

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Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP)

 

 

 

 

 

  The Great Lakes Water Quality Improvement Plan outlines the water quality improvement actions required to protect and rehabilitate Wallis, Smiths and Myall Lakes.

WQIP Executive Summary and Table of Contents

WQIP Part 1

WQIP Part 2 - 2.7.3

WQIP Part 2.8 - 2.15.3

WQIP Part 3

WQIP Appendices Title Page and Table of Contents

WQIP Appendix 1

WQIP Appendix 2

WQIP Appendices 3 - 14

 WQIP Appendices 15-30 and Bibliography

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Darawakh/Frogalla Wetland Management Plan
   This project aims to reduce acid sulfate discharge into the Wallamba River.

 Darawakh/Frogalla Wetland Management Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Port Stephens/Myall Lakes Estuary Management Plan
 

The Port Stephens/Myall Lakes Estuary Management Plan was developed to address wat0er quality issues within Myall Lake and surrounding environment. 

 Port Stephens/Myall Lakes Estuary Management Plan

 

 

 

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Coastal Zone Management Plan for Smiths Lake Estuary 

 

 

 

The Coastal Zone Management Plan for Smiths Lake Estuary was developed with the intent of achieving integrated, balanced, responsible and ecologically sustainable use of the lake.

 Coastal Zone Management Plan for Smiths Lake Estuary

CZMP Smiths Lake Estuary - Appendix A

CZMP Smiths Lake Estuary - Appendix B

CZMP Smiths Lake Estuary - Appendix C

CZMP Smiths Lake Estuary - Appendix D

The Department of Industry & Investment has put together answers to frequently asked questions about ICOLLs, including policies and guidelines for their management. For further information visit Management of coastal lakes and lagoons in NSW.

 

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Wallamba River Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
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The Wallamba River Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was first established in 2004. Its purpose is to provide an agreed framework for the sustainable use and management of the Wallamba River. The MOU aims to ensure responsible, safe boating procedures and practices are in place, along with riverbank restoration to protect the recreational and environmental values of the waterway. The framework provides a consistent approach to existing and anticipated future issues. The MOU was reviewed and amended in 2010.

Wallamba River Memorandum of Understanding Summary

Wallamba River MOU - 2010 Amendment

 Wallamba River MOU Map

 

 

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Mid Wallamba River: Rivercare Plan
  This Plan has been produced to assist landholders with the conservation and rehabilitation of the Mid Wallamba River, Firefly Creek and lower Khoribakh Creek.

Mid Wallamba River: Rivercare Plan

 

 

 

 

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Lower Wallamba River: Rivercare Plan
 

The Rivercare Plan was developed to address erosion issues within the lower Wallamba River.

Lower Wallamba River: Rivercare Plan

 

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State of the Environment (SoE) Report

 

 

 

 

  This report provides an overall picture of the health of the Great Lakes environment and serves to identify key environmental trends.

 

2011/2012 Comprehensive SoE Report - Part 1

2011/2012 Comprehensive SoE Report - Part 2

2010/2011 Comprehensive SoE Report

2009/2010 Comprehensive SoE Report

2008/2009 Comprehensive SoE Report

2007/2008 Supplementary SoE Report

2006/2007 Supplementary SoE Report

2005/2006 Supplementary SoE Report

2004/2005 Supplementary SoE Report

2003/2004 Comprehensive SoE Report

   

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Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens Endangered Koala Recovery Plan
 

The Recovery Plan for the Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens endangered Koala population aims to address the species decline and restore the overall viability of the population in nature.

To view the Recovery Plan please refer to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

   

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Vegetation Mapping

 

 

 

Detailed, local scale vegetation community description and mapping is a very important tool for conservation management, strategic planning and development assessment.  The Great Lakes Local Government area contains a diverse range of natural vegetation communities.  The protection and management of these communities is a shared responsibility of Council, other agencies and the regions' landholders.

Council is in the process of preparing local scale vegetation mapping.  This work is time-consuming and intensive, with the current target areas for detailed vegetation mapping currently focussed on Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens and the Wallis Lake Wetlands

Council is also working collaboratively with the Hunter Councils Environment Division with regard to regional vegetation mapping.  When map products and reports become available, they will be presented on this website and made available to the public.  In time, when sufficient data has been collated, a Vegetation Strategy for the Great Lakes area will be produced and adopted.

   

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Last Updated: 12/12/2014