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Improving roads and tracks

Published 29 September 2023 Reducing sediment runoff into waterways from gravel roads and tracks by works such as road sealing.
content image Road projects will reduce run-off from unsealed rural roads and tracks into adjacent sensitive waterways.


Why is this project important?

Unsealed or poorly drained roads and tracks contribute to sediment entering our coastal rivers and lakes.

Excess sediment in our waterways can smother habitats in our creeks, rivers and estuaries including seagrass and saltmarsh, and can also have a negative impact on oyster production and aquatic life.

This project is focussed on sealing and improving the drainage of roads and tracks to reduce the amount of sediment reaching our waterways and improve the health of our rivers, streams and estuaries.

What are delivering through this project?

This project delivers upgrades to roads and tracks to reduce erosion along waterways in priority catchments in three key locations.

Key activities conducted under this project include:

  • sealing track and roads
  • drainage improvements,
  • erosion and sediment controls on unused roads.

"Improving roads and tracks can have a substantial impact on the amount of road base entering waterways. Over the previous 5 years the Richmond River has benefited from over 2000 tonnes of road base being prevented from entering the estuary per flood event.” Shaun Morris NCLLS

Related projects

Improving roads and tracks is one of four Local Lands Services projects funded under the Marine Estate Management Strategy to improve water quality of targeted coastal rivers.

Related NSW Local Land Services projects include Riverbank vegetation improvements and Riverbank stabilisation and Clean Coastal Catchments on-ground.

You can also find out more about these projects on the LLS website.


Works are being undertaken within the priority areas of:

North Coast Local Land Services Region

Emigrant Creek Sub-catchment in the Richmond catchment

South East Local Land Services Region

Various priority catchments from Wollongong to Eden, including Shoalhaven, Lake Illawarra, Crooked River, Tuross, Moruya, Tilba, Wagonga, Wallaga, Bermagui, Wapengo, Bega, Merimbula and Pambula catchments.

Hunter Local Land Services Region

Various priority locations in mid-north coast catchments, including areas in The Branch River, Wallamba River, Lansdowne River and the Manning River around Pampoola and Gloucester.

Local government areas - Ballina Shire Council, Bega Valley Shire Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council, Kiama Municipal Council, MidCoast Council, Richmond Valley Council, Shellharbour City Council, Shoalhaven City Council

Lead agency

Local Land Services (LLS)


Our partners include:

  • Macadamia growers
  • Beef farmers and rural residential landholders
  • Dairy farmers
  • Oyster growers
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • MidCoast Council
  • NSW Water Research Laboratory
  • Soil Conservation Service
  • Eurobodalla Council
  • Bega Valley Shire Council
  • Shoalhaven Council
  • Kiama Council
  • Shellharbour Council
  • Wollongong Council
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Local Aboriginal Land Councils

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