Hungry Head Lagoon (Dalhousie Creek) Entrance Management Strategy

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Dalhousie Creek open to the ocean, taken from Hungry Head.

What is happening?

Council is seeking input from our community on a draft Entrance Management Strategy for Dalhousie Creek (aka Hungry Head Lagoon) at Hungry Head.

Why is an Entrance Management Strategy needed?

The Hungry Head beach and lagoon area is very popular with the community and is the location of the Urunga Surf Life Saving Club, who patrol the beach over the holiday seasons.

In 2015 and 2016 storms and high tides badly eroded the beach in front of the surf club, meaning that the public, surf life savers and the 4WD emergency vehicle could no longer safely access the beach. The creek also began to flow directly in front of the watchtower, making things worse.

Over time storm surges have caused significant erosion of the dunes at the back of the beach and this has caused the pedestrian access to the north of the life saving club to be permanently closed, as well as a temporary wooden walkway being installed at the main pedestrian access underneath the watchtower.

The dunes to the south are also "growing"and spreading north - this is a natural occurrence on the east coast of NSW but in this case it exacerbates the situation as it "pushes" and maintains the creek in a northerly direction, causing it to cut off the access to the beach.

The strategy looks at how we can manage these issues , including how to keep safe access points to the beach and protect native vegetation. It suggests actions to encourage a more southerly alignment of the creek across the beach and rebuilding of the dune system in the area in front of the surf club.

Feedback

There are two documents that form the strategy. Part 1: Policy and Implementation and Part 2: Background Information and Review of Environmental Factors

The first document gives all the detail and the suggested actions. The second document is more in-depth and looks at the environmental impacts of the suggested actions. They can be downloaded from the Document Library to the right.

Let us know what you think by filling out a Feedback Form.

Registering to provide comments is easy. Click the register button on the top-right of the screen and add your screen name and email.

Other ways to contact us:

Please quote “Dalhousie Creek EMS” in your submission/email title.

Council has an obligation to protect private information. Further information on privacy here: (External link)https://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/privacy



What is happening?

Council is seeking input from our community on a draft Entrance Management Strategy for Dalhousie Creek (aka Hungry Head Lagoon) at Hungry Head.

Why is an Entrance Management Strategy needed?

The Hungry Head beach and lagoon area is very popular with the community and is the location of the Urunga Surf Life Saving Club, who patrol the beach over the holiday seasons.

In 2015 and 2016 storms and high tides badly eroded the beach in front of the surf club, meaning that the public, surf life savers and the 4WD emergency vehicle could no longer safely access the beach. The creek also began to flow directly in front of the watchtower, making things worse.

Over time storm surges have caused significant erosion of the dunes at the back of the beach and this has caused the pedestrian access to the north of the life saving club to be permanently closed, as well as a temporary wooden walkway being installed at the main pedestrian access underneath the watchtower.

The dunes to the south are also "growing"and spreading north - this is a natural occurrence on the east coast of NSW but in this case it exacerbates the situation as it "pushes" and maintains the creek in a northerly direction, causing it to cut off the access to the beach.

The strategy looks at how we can manage these issues , including how to keep safe access points to the beach and protect native vegetation. It suggests actions to encourage a more southerly alignment of the creek across the beach and rebuilding of the dune system in the area in front of the surf club.

Feedback

There are two documents that form the strategy. Part 1: Policy and Implementation and Part 2: Background Information and Review of Environmental Factors

The first document gives all the detail and the suggested actions. The second document is more in-depth and looks at the environmental impacts of the suggested actions. They can be downloaded from the Document Library to the right.

Let us know what you think by filling out a Feedback Form.

Registering to provide comments is easy. Click the register button on the top-right of the screen and add your screen name and email.

Other ways to contact us:

Please quote “Dalhousie Creek EMS” in your submission/email title.

Council has an obligation to protect private information. Further information on privacy here: (External link)https://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/privacy



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