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Shoalhaven River Entrance Management Plan for Flood Mitigation

If the entrance of the Shoalhaven River at Shoalhaven Heads were to remain closed during a flood, water levels would be significantly higher for longer in some parts of the river’s floodplain. This would result in greater impacts on the Shoalhaven community, especially at the village of Shoalhaven Heads, in terms of inundation of houses and other property, cutting of access roads and possibly through increased injury or loss of life. The Shoalhaven River entrance area is also of high environmental significance. The scenic and recreational values of the area are very important to residents and visitors of the region. The entrance area is one of the most important sites on the New South Wales coast for populations of migratory wading birds protected under international agreements and, at times, threatened species of other shorebirds may nest at the site.

The general objectives of the Shoalhaven River Entrance Management Plan are:

  1. To attempt to control flood breakout in an effort to reduce flood levels and reduce chances of major morphological changes in the river channel and foreshores.
  2. To ensure that the Shoalhaven River entrance is managed in an ecologically sustainable manner.
  3. To ensure that speedy intervention is possible if local flooding is predicted.
  4. To determine key responsibilities and to streamline the decision making process by quantifying the variables to be addressed by these decision makers.
  5. To set out the entrance management strategy so that all participating managers can undertake responsibilities in sympathy with overall objectives.
  6. To set out the entrance management strategy so that the broader community can understand, support and/or assist the process.

Additional Information

Field Value
Title Shoalhaven River Entrance Management Plan for Flood Mitigation
Publication Date 1 November 2006
Themes Land and Resource Management
Spatial Extent
Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Council/LGA Shoalhaven City Council
Author/ Prepared by Shoalhaven City Council
Publish date 22 May 2020
Update date 22 May 2020
Approval State Approved
Submitted for approval 23 May 2020
Submitted by Julia Muniz de Miranda Sa
Approved 23 May 2020
Approved by dstazic
Identifier 27fb8af3-732d-49af-9d98-d511f80d6381