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Riverbank vegetation improvements

Published 8 September 2023 Rehabilitating degraded riverbank vegetation to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into waterways, help stabilise riverbanks and improve biodiversity.
content image Removing weedy vines such as pictured from riverbanks is one of the key actions as part of this project.


There are many sources of water pollution that can affect the health of coastal waterways. Water pollution reduces the quality and extent of aquatic habitats and reduces people’s enjoyment of these coastal areas.

These actions aim to improve water quality in high-priority coastal waterways in NSW, by reducing:

  • sediment loss from dirt roads and tracks
  • pollution from different types of land use practices
  • riverbank erosion.

To achieve this, project partners are working together to:

  • remove weeds
  • plant native trees and plants on riverbanks
  • improve fencing and stock management
  • seal dirt roads and improve road drainage systems
  • stabilise riverbanks
  • show how others can do the same actions on their properties.


Works are being undertaken within the priority areas of:

North Coast Local Land Services Region

Emigrant Creek Sub-catchment in the Richmond catchment.

Pearces Creek and Skinners Creek sub catchment in the Wilson River 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.

Lead agency

Local Land Services (LLS)

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