Waterways Study

In 2011 Sutherland Shire Council engaged environmental consultants Applied Ecology Pty Ltd to assess the condition of the Shire's freshwater waterways. This study encompassed all freshwater waterways, including natural streams and man made channels (only waterways within the Royal National park were excluded). 

Goals of the study

The goal of this study was to assess the condition of watercourses within the Sutherland Shire Local Government Area to inform the development of a prioritised action plan for the waterways of the Shire.

About the study

The Study considered over 250 kilometres of watercourses, split into almost 1,000 individual sections (reaches) for stream bank stability, water quality and environmental condition. For each reach a detailed report is provided that contains a thorough assessment of the watercourse including 'scores' for relative health and condition.

Results of the study

Required works are proposed and each reach assigned a priority for future works.

The Watercourse Assessment allows council staff to see at a glance the condition of a watercourse and what works are required to maintain and improve it. It also allows Council to respond in a timely and strategic manner to public requests for works to be undertaken in watercourses.

More information

The following files contain the main report and catchment profiles:

Overview of Sutherland Shire Watercourse Assessment & Rehabilitation Prioritisation Study
Volume 1 - Sutherland Shire Watercourse Assessment & Rehabilitation Prioritisation Study
Volume 2 - Botany Bay Catchment Profile
Volume 2 - Georges River Catchment Profile 
Volume 2 - Hacking River Catchment Profile
Volume 2 - Pacific Ocean Catchment Profile
Volume 2 - Port Hacking Catchment Profile 
Volume 2 - Woronora River Catchment Profile

For information on reach specific proformas and work plans (Volume 3) use the following guide:

Finding Your Reach and Understanding the Proformas

If you wish to view a specific proforma and work plan, use the above guide to determine the reach code then contact the Stormwater & Waterways Management Branch.

Alternatively a full copy of the Watercourse Assessment is available from the Sutherland Shire Library.


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More information


Enquiries can be directed to Stormwater & Waterways Management on or

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