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The Richmond River estuary and catchment is highly valued by the community and previously supported a productive network of natural ecosystems, rich biodiversity, and a range of human land uses and activities. Over time, these interactions have had a negative impact on the health of our creeks, our rivers and the estuary.
In early 2021, a new whole-of-catchment Richmond River Coastal Management Program (CMP) commenced. The aim of this program is to update the CZMP for the Richmond River estuary in line with new legislation and to establish a whole-of-catchment management approach that will capture all issues and activities throughout the Richmond River catchment. Rous County, Ballina Shire, Lismore City and Richmond Valley councils are partnering with the NSW government to deliver the CMP. The whole-of-catchment approach means that this CMP will also include the participation of Kyogle, Byron Shire and Clarence Valley councils. The CMP will provide long-term strategy and management actions for the Richmond River.
The Stage 1 Scoping Study (the first of a five-stage approach) is underway and community input is a critical part of this stage.
The Richmond River estuary and catchment is important to many people for different reasons. The area is also culturally significant as it is the traditional home of the Bundjalung Nation.
There will be a long-term engagement process for the Richmond River Coastal Management Program. If you would like to share your knowledge, concerns, ideas and photos, please visit the Richmond River Coastal Management Program webpage and complete the feedback form.