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Council has prepared Estuary Management Plans for fourteen of its smaller creeks and lagoons, and is carrying out a staged implementation of the management actions identified.  Lake Illawarra, for which Council has recently been given management responsibility, is being addressed through a separate process. 

Studies, Policies and Plans

Estuary Management Study and Plan for Fairy, Towradgi, Hewitts and Tramway Creeks

Fairy, Towradgi, Hewitts and Tramway Creeks are four of the larger estuaries under Council’s management. With funding support from the NSW Estuary Management Program, the data analysis and review study was initiated in 2003 and the Estuary Management Plan was completed and adopted by Council in February 2005. 


Entrance Management Policies for Fairy and Towradgi Lagoons

The need for these policies was identified in the Estuary Management Plans for these estuaries.  The policies were completed in 2008, and they prescribe the criteria that Council can use to manually open the entrances of Fairy and Towradgi Lagoon to control flooding of low lying property whilst protecting estuarine environments. Water levels in these lagoons are continuously being monitored to trigger warnings when water levels reach critical levels to warrant an opening. Entrance Management Policies and their associated Review of Environmental Factors are available.

Estuary Management Study and Plan for several of Wollongong's creeks and lagoons

This Estuary Management Plan covers Hargraves Creek, Stanwell Creek, Stoney Creek, Flanagans Creek, Slacky Creek, Whartons Creek, Collins Creek, Bellambi Gully, Bellambi Lagoon, and Tom Thumb Lagoon. The data analysis and review study for these estuaries was completed in 2006 and the Estuary Management Plan was completed and adopted by Council in March 2008.

Implementation Activities

Bush restoration works

Bush restoration works, including weed removal and revegetation, have been undertaken at several estuary locations. These include areas around Hargraves Creek, Stanwell Creek, Hewitts and Tramway Creeks, Collins Creek, Bellambi Creek, Towradgi Creek, and Fairy and Cabbage Tree Creeks.

Bank stabilisation works

A boat ramp and viewing platform has been constructed on Towradgi Creek to prevent erosion resulting from the bare bank being used to launch model sailing boats and surf life saving training activities. Bank stabilisation works have also been completed  at the Blue Divers site along the Pioneer Road bridge.

Installation of Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices (SQIDs)

A litter boom has been installed along the main channel of Fairy Creek and Continuous Deflective Separator (CDS) units have been installed along a stormwater outlet at Stuart Park and at Cawley Street, East Corrimal to prevent rubbish from being washed down into the creeks and onto the beaches.


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