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Council to host St Georges Basin Management Plan community forum

Shoalhaven City Council has resolved to re-exhibit the St Georges Basin Estuary Management Plan and hold another community forum as a way of further engaging the local community.

The Council will be hosting a community forum to discuss the re-exhibited draft St Georges Basin Estuary Management Plan from 4pm on Friday 22 March at the Sussex Inlet Community Centre.

Council staff will be on hand to outline the key elements of the draft Plan Review, which will focus on the issue of silting within the Sussex Inlet channel.

Recent research results into the Sussex Inlet entrance and Navigation dredging options will also be discussed at the meeting.

With the draft St Georges Basin Estuary Management Plan having been completed in the late 1990’s, Council is currently reviewing the document to ensure that it maintains relevant.

Once completed, the draft St Georges Basin Estuary Management Plan will guide the management of the Basin and surrounding environment by addressing issues and required actions relating to the health of the estuary and risks that may impact estuary health.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said that since the original exhibition of the St Georges Basin Estuary Management Plan in October 2012, Council has received a number of submissions and questions from the local community.

“The original exhibition of the Management Plan saw the local community raise a number of important issues such as the protection of foreshore areas, the need for a stronger focus on stormwater management and the need for wider community consultation”, said Clr Gash.

“Since that time, the local community has also raised concerns regarding silting within the Sussex Inlet channel, which has encouraged Council to re-exhibit the draft Management Plan and hold further conversations with the community about this very important matter.”

The review of the draft St Georges Basin Estuary Management Plan can be viewed on Council’s website.

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