Reducing water pollution

A recently sealed road next to a creek and rural pasture

Road projects will reduce run-off from unsealed rural roads and tracks into adjacent sensitive waterways.


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.

Lead agency

Local Land Services (LLS)

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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.


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


North Coast Local Land Services

Shaun Morris -

Hunter Local Land Services

Geoff Le Messurier -

South East Local Land Services

Shannon Brennan -

Page last updated/reviewed: 30 Oct 2020