Estuary plan to balance use and protection of Tweed River
Tweed residents are being asked how they use the Tweed River Estuary and their priorities for its management, to help produce a new plan to balance the waterway’s use and preservation.
Council is preparing a Tweed River Estuary Coastal Management Program will provide recommendations for the future management of this important waterway, and will follow NSW government guidelines for coastal management.
The Tweed River Estuary is the tidal section of the river, a 35km stretch between the Bray Park Weir at Murwillumbah and the river mouth at Tweed Heads.
The Tweed River Estuary is many things to many people and community members will be invited to provide their feedback to help guide the plan’s priorities. The scenic waterway and picturesque surrounds are used extensively for recreational activities and are extremely important to the local community.
The Estuary has a diversity of habitats for a wide variety of plants and animals and is home to a number of protected flora and fauna species.
It can be difficult to balance recreational, commercial and environmental priorities in a busy and popular waterway like the Tweed River, particularly in the face of population growth and rising sea levels.
The management plan will identify actions that can be implemented by Council, government agencies and the community to achieve the right balance between the many uses and to protect nature, scenic and recreational values, livelihoods and cultural practices.
Consultation has concluded