Plan is set to help creek's health

A PLAN has been developed to protect and enhance an often-passed but generally underappreciated local waterway.

The draft estuary management study and plan for Boambee/Newports Creek will go on display tomorrow until May 19.

The chair of the council’s city services committee, Councillor Bill Palmer, says the draft plan aims to ensure the future health of the waterway and its surroundings, while encouraging sustainable leisure activities in the area.

“The beauty of our local environment is a key part of what draws people to our region,” Cr Palmer said.

“By putting well-researched strategies in place to protect important coastal features such as Boambee Creek, we are not only safeguarding our environment but also helping maintain the attractions that bring people here to live or visit.”

The draft plan contains 20 strategies ranked in order of importance.

The first five include:

  • expanding the water quality monitoring program
  • removing rubbish
  • establishing an ambassadors program in which locals with knowledge of the estuary area create and run free guided walks
  • establishing a creek walk
  • developing a water sensitive urban design policy for the surrounding area.

Following the public consultation period, a revised final draft will be put before the council for adoption.

Once adopted, the council will be able to seek funds through the State Government, the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and its own environmental levy to put the strategies contained in the plan into operation.

The draft plan will be on display from tomorrow for 28 days at the council’s main administrative centre, Coffs City and Toormina libraries and at the council’s website:

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