Managing Narrawallee Foreshores and Reserve


Narrawallee Foreshores & Reserve Management Committee

A Committee Appointed by Shoalhaven City Council.

PO Box 537 Ulladulla 2539



This publication is to help residents understand how the policy of Foreshores and Reserves are managed for us all. We apologise for any inaccuracies or changes since going to print.



Narrawallee Foreshores and Reserve Management Committee is responsible for implementing an approved management plan that has been drafted for the welfare and betterment of public lands entrusted to its jurisdiction.

All long-term planningto nurture and protect shared recreational resources entails consultation with land developers, residents, visitors and other parties of legitimate interest. It must address the aims and objectives of Statutory authorities, auch as Local Government, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Soil & Water Conservation, Fisheries, Bushfire Brigades, State Emergency Services and Environmental Planning Authority.

The Committee needs to foster relationships with Council staff and Taskforce delegates to ensure that catchments are passing healthy waters into the lake, by filtering out toxins, pollutants and silt from any clearing works before they contaminate the saltmarshes, mangroves or wetlands. Public comment and constructive input is invited, with a view to optimising community acceptance of defined intentions.


Mission Statement:

The management, care and control of Narrawallee Foreshores and Reserve in the broader public interest, with a view to the long-term preservation of the bushland, estuarine, marine and dune environments.


Narrawallee Foreshores and Reserve comprise distinct environmental segments.


1. Urban Bushland


Urban bushland is land on or adjoining a city or town where can be found characteristics of the natural landscape, of which indigenous vegetation is an essential component.

Important natural elements of the urban landscape including topographical features of rocks, cliffs, waterfalls and creeks, together with animal and bird wildlife.


Based on the definition of Urban Bushland by the National Trust of Australia (NSW), and State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 19, Bushland in Urban Areas as gaxetted in December 1988 by the NSW Government.


2. Wetlands & Saltmarsh

Low lying, often inundated tidal expanses of sand and mud flats and marshland, sanctuary to a wide variety of organic life, which have been deemed as needing addtional protection.

3. Marine Habitat

The real value of natural attributes is extremely difficult to evaluate in economic terms. Natural resources are of prime importance in the ecological well-being of coastal communities. They must be conserved and fostered for continuing long term benefits. Few people have trouble with this goal, but how to implement it within social groups of competing interests is why many aspects are subject to regulation.


In a process of cancerous degradation over a long period of years, the condition of the coastal lakes named has become critical in terms of their capacity to support marine life. Action for rehabilitation and recovery is absolutely essential. If the lakes are to survive, every effort must be made to protect them from destructive human impact through effective planning and management control.


Estuarine habitats, such as mangroves and seagrasses, are vital to healthy marine life and survival of inshore resources. Foreshore restoration is the prime factor in revitalising degraded waterways to counteract many years of human impact on fragile environments. Stabilising foreshores will save the lake from further sedimentation.


4. Crown Reserves

These provide for public recreation and future national heritage. Lakes and estuaries are subjected to a variety of activities from low key recreation to high speed water craft. Extensive residential and commercial expansion often adjoins designated reservations.


The segregation of lake foreshores into areas for active and passive recreation is important if people are to safely engage in different activities in the same vicinity, let alone to save wear-and-tear on the places which are home to plants and native vegetation, animals, fish and birds.


Safe areas for passive recreational pursuits like canoeing, fishing, swimming, sail-boarding, snorkelling, picnicking and so forth, need to be designated.


Area of jurisdiction:

The Narrawallee Reserve's area extends from the upper reaches of creek and lake foreshores into the recreational parkland behind Narrawallee Beach, taking in off-street car parking space and access pathways to the beach proper, thence southward to the southern beach extremity, overlooked by residential development on the high ground aand southern mini-escarpment. A further tract of public land extending from the cul-de-sac of Surfer's Avenue is also incorporated into the Committee's area of jurisdiction.

The tiny Garrad's Lagoon is now totally surrounded by houses and roads which generate concentrated stormwater run-off. It is choked with sediments emanating from urban development and no longer fulfils its natural ecological function. When properly rehabilitated it will revert to an effective "liver" filtering the waters flowing through it to the estuary.



The present situation:

Through the influence of an active Management Committee, the Narrawallee Foreshores & Reserves project a desirable environmental image, by comparison to many other foreshore reserves within the Shoalhaven reflecting advanced degradation.

Many visitors, and more recent residents, would find it difficult to envisage the extent to which the frontal beach dunes have been restored from advanced degradation. In the 1960s beach buggies ran riot over the denuded dunes causing horrendous damage. As matters now stand:

* The beach reserve has been nurtured to shield the beach proper from visible residential development, and much has been done to eradicate noxious growth and replant with native species

* Grassed areas are supplemented by stands of shade trees, and delineation posting guards against indiscriminate slashing.

* Birdlife is plainly abundant and the standard of vegetation is conducive to attracting many varieties.

* Essentially the reserve is utilised for passive recreational purposes, enjoyed by tourists and local residents alike.


Narrawallee Inlet has a sheltered aspect with warm shallow water which is popular with children and their carers all summer. A pleasant location for babies and toddlers to first experience sea water, protected from wind or waves.


Important factors monitored by the Committee include:

· Water quality

· Aesthetics

· Fishing

· Recreational swimming and passive aquatic activities,

· Navigation

· Sedimentation and local flooding linked to Garrad's Lagoon


What Resident can do

· report any observed illegal activities or intrusions

· notify destruciton of vegetation through fire or other causes

· remove weeds around edges of gardens

· fertilise judiciously if your garden

· plant a native garden


know limits take your refuse to a nearby bin and recycling bins where possible Otherwise take it with you, do not litter.

safeguard our environment as we want

exercise your rights with responsibility and respect the rights of others.

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