Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment
Have your say
The public exhibition period inviting your comments on suggested management initiatives for the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion has now closed.
The feedback the community and stakeholders have provided will be carefully considered to help inform MEMA’s advice to the NSW Government on the final package of management initiatives for the bioregion in mid-2016.
Any new evidence that has been provided about the threats that affect your use and enjoyment of the bioregion will be considered in refining the threat and risk assessment outcomes.
Further community engagement will be undertaken before any proposals for spatial management are considered by the NSW Government.
If you would like to receive newsletters or notifications on the project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and postcode to be included on our mailing list.
The bioregion extends between Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong and includes the coastline, estuaries, coastal lakes and lagoons, beaches, and ocean waters out to the continental shelf. The Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment covers the bioregion out to three nautical miles, the limit of NSW waters.
The Assessment has so far:
- identified community benefits of the bioregion,
- identified threats and risks to the community benefits of the bioregion,
- evaluated current management arrangements, and
- developed suggested management initiatives to address threats to marine biodiversity while maximising community benefits
- provided stakeholders and the community an opportunity to comment on the suggested management initiatives, nominate new initiatives and provide additional evidence for the threat and risk assessment.
Community input is an integral part of this assessment.
The Authority has also assessed 15 pre-identified sites and is now considering an additional 44 sites nominated by the community. Further community engagement will be undertaken before any proposals for marine protected areas or other types of spatial closures are adopted by the NSW Government.
- Summary of Hawkesbury Shelf community and stakeholder engagement (MEMA, 2015a) (1.4 MB, PDF)
- Appendix E - Phase 1 Aboriginal engagement report (Cox Inall Ridgeway, 2015) (1.2 MB, PDF)
- Hawkesbury Shelf environmental background report (MEMA, 2015b) (9 MB, PDF)
- Review of 15 pre-identified sites (MEMA, 2015c) (11 MB, PDF)
- Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Threat and Risk Assessment (TARA) Report (BMT WBM, 2015) (2 MB, PDF)
- Social and economic background information report on the NSW marine estate (Vanderkooi Consulting, 2015) (2.3 MB, PDF)
- Sea countries of New South Wales: a benefits and threats analysis of Aboriginal people's connections with the marine estate (Feary, 2015) (13 MB, PDF)
- Peer review of 'Sea countries of New South Wales: a benefits and threats analysis of Aboriginal people's connections with the marine estate' (Schnierer, 2015) (25 KB, PDF)
- Newsletter 5 - Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment (233 KB, PDF)
- Newsletter 4 - Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment (711 KB, PDF)
- Newsletter 3 - Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment (57 KB, PDF)
- Newsletter 2 - Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment (59 KB, PDF)
- Newsletter 1 - Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment (58 KB, PDF)
Frequently asked questions
- FAQ - Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment (65 KB, PDF)
- FAQ - Threat and Risk Assessment (TARA) and management initiatives (80 KB, PDF)
- FAQ - Management initiative 1 - Improving water quality and reducing marine litter (39 KB, PDF)
- FAQ - Management initiative 2 - On-ground works for healthy coastal habitats and wildlife (92 KB, PDF)
- FAQ - Management initiative 3 - Marine research to address shipping and fishing knowledge gaps (30 KB, PDF)
- FAQ - Management initiative 4 - Spatial management for biodiversity conservation and use sharing (150 KB, PDF)
- FAQ - Management initiative 5 - Improving boating infrastructure (41 KB, PDF)
- FAQ - Management initiative 6 - Reducing user conflicts in Pittwater (38 KB, PDF)
- FAQ - Management initiative 8 - Land use planning for coasts and waterways (38 KB, PDF)
Other relevant information
- Discussion Paper Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment – suggested management initiatives (PDF, 4956.38 KB)
- Media release - Consultation period extended on enhancing marine management (100 KB, PDF)
- Sydney Harbour- A systematic review of the science 2014 - SIMS Technical Report
- Sydney Harbour Background Report - SIMS commissioned by MEMA
- The Marine Estate Community Survey undertaken in 2014 informed the design of the Hawkesbury project.
Page last updated/reviewed: 14 Sep 2016