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What can be done to protect and improve the health of the Richmond River estuary?

This is the subject of a new strategy being developed by Rous County Council (RCC) on behalf of its member Councils, which cover much of the Northern Rivers region.

Duck Creek, part of the Richmond River estuary. Image supplied by Rous County Council

And the RCC is now asking for the community to get involved by providing feedback on the first stage of the plan, a Stage 1 Scoping Study.

The central tenet of the strategy is a whole-of-catchment approach to looking after the estuary.

The Richmond River catchment extends from the Queensland border in the north, Tenterfield and Clarence Valley council areas in the west to the Clarence River catchment at its southern border. Including the entire catchment in the CMP will provide a whole-of-catchment perspective for the coastal management process and capture all issues and activities that impact the health of the estuary.

The Scoping Study identifies knowledge gaps, outlines how the overall plan – known as a Coastal Management Program – will be developed, and how the ongoing process of community engagement will be conducted.

To download the scoping study and provide your feedback go to www.hydrosphere.com.au/richmondrivercmp.

Submission close 5pm Friday 9 December 2022.

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  1. The RRiver is a disaster/basket case.
    EG -if you manage to catch a non-diseased, healthy fish in the upper reaches you are totally surprised.
    But it doesn’t surprise many local river-fishers, as the Lismore CC has been flushing toxic effluent into Wilsons River before (and especially after) our big flood on 28/2/22.
    ‘Needs must’ – but when will this ’emergency measure’ finally end?
    Make it soon as possible – then (maybe) we can save the entire fishery from an impending eco-disaster.


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