Saltwater Lagoon and Creek Coastal Management Program (CMP)

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Consultation has concluded

How much do you value the Saltwater Creek and Lagoon at South West Rocks?

The Saltwater Creek and Lagoon estuary is a major asset for the Macleay Region. The estuary provides important natural habitats and ecosystems, opportunities for recreation, and areas of social and cultural significance. However, it is facing increasing pressures from urbanisation, population growth and climate change.

Council has started a scoping study to understand how the community uses this space, what you value about it and what your key concerns or issues are.

This information will be used to develop a Scoping Study as the first

How much do you value the Saltwater Creek and Lagoon at South West Rocks?

The Saltwater Creek and Lagoon estuary is a major asset for the Macleay Region. The estuary provides important natural habitats and ecosystems, opportunities for recreation, and areas of social and cultural significance. However, it is facing increasing pressures from urbanisation, population growth and climate change.

Council has started a scoping study to understand how the community uses this space, what you value about it and what your key concerns or issues are.

This information will be used to develop a Scoping Study as the first step in the process of updating the Coastal Management Program for Saltwater Creek and Lagoon.

Your feedback is important and you can find out more in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), the project BULLETIN and VIDEO

You can view the catchment area in the ZONE MAP

We want to:

- view the places you love and any areas of concern in the PIN MAP

- hear your stories and what you value in the STORIES TAB

- see great photos of what you love and if there are any concerns in the IDEAS TAB

- read your feedback and comments in the SURVEY

Feedback will close on 30 June 2020

Hardcopies are available by contacting Customer Services on 6566 3200 or via ksc@kempsey.nsw.gov.au


Tell us what you love about Saltwater Lagoon and Creek

We want to hear from you about what you love and value about Saltwater Lagoon and Creek 

Consultation has concluded

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    Saltwater Creek and Lagoon

    by Bob Scheiler, over 2 years ago

    I have lived at the 'Rocks since 1972 and I remember when the creek and lagoon were open to the sea all the time. There was abundant marine life in both the creek and the lagoon, mullet, mud crabs, school prawns and the lagoon was deep enough for professional fishermen to use their nets. Today, when it is closed off it becomes quite smelly and the water is almost black. When it is open after heavy rain the golf course is able to drain properly and then when the water clears it is a great place for kids to play... Continue reading

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    Saltwater Creek and Lagoon Birds

    by South West Rocks birds., over 2 years ago

    Salt Water Creek and Lagoon.

    Although a relatively new comer to Salt Water Creek bird life, I get great joy from discovering birds along the creek, from the mouth to up above German Bridge. Pleasures for me include birds nesting, I have noted the Leaden Flycatcher and the Brown Honeyeater nesting, but the most joy I have experienced is to witness the flight of the Southern Emu-wren that frequents the rushes and grasses along the banks of the creek, long flowing lace like tail feathers trailing behind until it lands and the lace like feathers are then held erect. The... Continue reading

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    Saltwater Memories

    by Margie Howard, over 2 years ago

    When I was eight Saltwater Creek held a special place in my heart. We came to South West Rocks every year for our holiday. Our home was in Sydney right in the centre where there were factories, smog and no trees. We played in the flood water channels and a small nearby park so our holidays gave us respite into a different paradise. At home our father was absent to us most of the time away earning money to keep his 4 children out of poverty and getting them an education.

    At South West Rocks he used to disappear too... Continue reading

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    Park Run Meeting Point

    by gcotter, over 2 years ago

    The Horseshoe Bay Reserve Park Run meets, starts and finishes at the Saltwater Creek. This must have to be one of the most picturesque starting points of all Park Runs in Australia, if not the world. We have many local and overseas visitors comment on the beauty of the creek / beach and general outlook of the area.

    The water quality and birdlife of the creek plays an important part of the appeal. You can find runners cooling off in the creek in summer, after their 5km run, jog or walk. We are often lucky enough to be greeted by... Continue reading