Erosion management plan begins for Clarence River

THE Clarence River Erosion Management Plan has been completed, and will result in a number of changes to waterways management on the river from now on.

"One of the key actions arising from the Regional Boating Plan process was the need to develop a state-wide evidence based approach for managing and mitigating boating-related erosion issues," a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

"This Management Plan is about striking a balance between the environmental needs of the river and ensuring boaters, businesses and local residents can enjoy the river for years to come in a sustainable and responsible manner.

"A set of twelve actions will be undertaken in an effort to preserve the river bank as well as provide certainty for boaters and local businesses who use the river for recreation and commercial benefit," the spokesperson said.

These actions include putting up signage to prohibit activities by vessels that generate large waves such as wakeboarding and wakesurfing, from operating in two sections of the river.

Remediation works to improve the resilience of riverbanks in key areas will also be undertaken.

The plan confirms that no new boating restrictions are currently required for a 35 kilometre stretch of the river between Molville Rocks and Ulmarra, provided that appropriate remediation works are undertaken.

The actions will be in place for a period of two years from September 1, 2015 to September 1, 2017.

During this period, a new Committee established to implement the plan will, monitor the river state, assess the plan's effectiveness and consult with stakeholders and community on any changes that may be required.

The Clarence River Erosion Management Plan can be seen at http://maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/riverbank-erosion-management/index.html
 



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