Work has started on the development of the Richmond River Coastal Management Program (CMP), a long-term strategy for the management of the Richmond River watershed that includes parts of the Byron Shire.
In the past, a coastal zone management plan focused on the management of the Richmond River in the municipal areas of Ballina, Lismore and Richmond Valley.
âThis time, the plan is for a ‘whole watershed approach’ to the Richmond River, recognizing how the health of the upper watersheds affects the lower reaches of the river,â said Peter Boyd, project manager for biodiversity and development. ‘Agriculture.
âJust under half of Byron Shire flows into Richmond, with waterways such as Coopers Creek, Wilsons Creek and Byron Creek draining into the Wilson River and then into Richmond,â he said.
âIt is well known that the Richmond River watershed is in poor health and the CMP will help us prioritize issues and plan actions and activities to improve its health over time.
“While the health of the Richmond River may be better at this time, the watershed is extremely important to people for its cultural, environmental, recreational and commercial values,” said Mr. Boyd.
Hydrosphere Consultants are managing the development of the Richmond River CMP on behalf of boards, including Byron Shire.
The first stage of the project, a scoping study, is currently underway and people are invited to send in their thoughts and ideas on the issues, issues and management of the Richmond River watershed.