Environment & Waste

Estuaries, Lagoons and Wetlands

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Estuaries, lagoons and wetlands are dynamic, living entities, and an important part of the natural environment.

These systems are integral to landscape processes such as nutrient cycling, detention and slow release of flood water, and trapping of sediments.

They also form a vital component of regional and national biodiversity by providing habitat for a wide range of animals and plants.

Since the release of the NSW Government's Estuary Management Manual in 1992, Gosford City Council has worked with other government bodies, industry and the community to appropriately manage activities in and around estuaries—guiding conservation and rehabilitation efforts, supporting land managers who have wetlands on their property, and educating the community about the importance of estuaries and wetlands for the wellbeing of the region.

Gosford’s four coastal lagoon systems are another significant geographic feature of the Gosford region.

Within the Gosford City LGA, it has been estimated that there is approximately 870 hectares of mangroves, 160 hectares of saltmarsh, and 620 hectares of seagrass.

Our wetlands also have high intrinsic value by providing habitat for a wide range of animals including waterbirds, fish, frogs and invertebrates, and water-loving plants such as sedges, rushes and various tree species. 

Wetlands provide shelter, breeding grounds and nurseries for a variety of fauna, particularly insects, fish, frogs and waterbirds. Wetlands support many listed threatened species and ecological communities.

Our Estuaries, Lagoons and Coastal Wetlands - Fact Sheet

Brisbane Water Estuary - Fact Sheet

Coastal Lagoon Management Planning

Estuary Management Planning

The Health of Gosford City Waterways - Report 2015

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