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Have your say on estuary management : Moruya River, Mummaga Lake and Wagonga Inlet

Eurobodalla Council is asking the community what it values about Moruya River, Mummaga Lake and Wagonga Inlet as it prepares strategies to guide the long-term management of the three estuaries.

The Council is developing a Coastal Estuary Management Plan, required under NSW legislation, to outline how it will manage Moruya River, Mummaga Lake and Wagonga Inlet, balancing environmental health and recreational interests.

Council’s coastal planner Cameron Whiting said Moruya River, Mummaga Lake and Wagonga Inlet each had their own unique ecological, cultural, economic, aesthetic and recreational values.

“Eurobodalla residents have such an innate connection to the water and this process is about ensuring we protect and improve the things the community loves about these estuaries, without reducing the amenity,” he said.

“Early community consultation for example has identified that good water quality, access for recreation and sporting activities, and maintenance of natural beauty are important.

“We’re now keen to hear from a broad range of people about their thoughts, particularly on issues concerning recreational access and ecological or cultural significance of the estuaries.”

The Council has produced a short, online survey for residents to complete, available via www.esc.nsw.gov.au/haveyoursay until Thursday 10 September 2020. It also plans to meet directly with members of Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Landcare groups later this month to gain their input.

Council will use the community’s feedback to prepare a draft management plan which, once finalised, will be placed on public exhibition for the community to further comment.

For more information about the project visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/haveyoursay

Above: Eurobodalla Council is seeking feedback from the community on what they value about the Moruya, Mummaga and Wagonga estuaries.

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