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Domestic waterfront structure strategies

Published 8 September 2023 Developing estuary-wide strategies for jetties, pontoons and boat ramps to streamline approvals while protecting aquatic habitat.


Domestic waterfront structures such as jetties, pontoons, and boat ramps can have positive and negative impacts on how we use waterfront areas.

These structures allow access to waterways from private property for a range of on-water uses.

They generally occupy areas of Crown land and if not designed, constructed and located appropriately, they can negatively impact coastal habitats and the public's use of these areas.

This project creates strategies for managing domestic waterfront structures in priority estuaries along the NSW coast. These strategies:

  • identify areas where it is suitable to build private structures with approvals
  • streamline the assessment processes.

The strategies help maintain access to public waterfront areas and identify and protect sensitive environmental areas.


Strategies for managing domestic waterfront structures are being developed in the following estuaries:

CompletedUnderwayPlanned for 2023-2024
Cape Byron Marine Park (PDF, 4205.02 KB)Batemans Marine Park -
North / South
Lake Macquarie
Richmond River estuary (PDF, 2315.08 KB)Bega River and Wallagoot LakePort Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park
Evans River estuary (PDF, 5200.59 KB)Bermagui RiverClarence River
Tweed River estuary (PDF, 7412.38 KB)Curalo, Nullica and Towamba RiversLake Conjola
Shoalhaven / Crookhaven River estuary (PDF, 6382.08 KB)Merimbula River and Back LakeWonboyn Lake
Lake Illawarra estuary (PDF, 4798.84 KB)Pambula River 
St Georges Basin estuary (PDF, 4858.99 KB)  
Burrill Lake estuary (PDF, 4922.65 KB)  
Jervis Bay Marine Park (PDF, 6802.98 KB)  

Available maps which show suitable and unsuitable waterfront areas for land owners consent, along with the reason why they are either suitable or unsuitable are available via the Fisheries Spatial Data Portal. These will be progressively uploaded to the FSDP as the strategies are made available for priority estuaries.

Local government areas - Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council, Shellharbour City Council, Tweed Shire Council, Wollongong City Council


  • Local Councils
  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Crown Lands
  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment and Heritage Group
  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Planning and Assessment
  • Transport for NSW
  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Natural Resources Access Regulator

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