Managing private foreshore structures

Two fishing boats near a riverbank and a small jetty with people carrying things to the boats

NSW Government agencies and local councils are working together to develop effective strategies for managing private foreshore structures. Photo by: Jennifer Grant.


Jetties, pontoons and other foreshore structures have positive and negative impacts on river foreshores. They allow people to access waterways for a range of on-water uses, but if not designed, constructed and located appropriately, they can negatively impact on coastal habitats.

This action will create strategies for managing foreshore structures in estuaries along the NSW coast. These strategies will:

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

The strategies will help deliver access while also protecting the public foreshore and sensitive environmental areas.


Strategies for managing private foreshore structures are currently being developed in the following estuaries:

  • Tweed River
  • Brunswick River
  • Lower Richmond River
  • Clarence River
  • Macleay River
  • Nambucca River
  • Bonville Creek
  • St Georges Basin

Lead agency

Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries (DPI-F)


  • Local Councils, including: Tweed Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Clarence Valley Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Nambucca Shire Council, Coffs Harbour City Council and Shoalhaven City Council
  • Crown Land, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Environment, Energy and Science, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Planning, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Transport for NSW
  • Natural Resource Access Regulator, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment


To find out more, contact:

Hayley Leczkowski

Acting Manager, Marine Estate Foreshore Management

Department of Primary Industries, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

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Page last updated/reviewed: 02 Apr 2020