The Pelican Island Foreshore Improvement Project was based on a management strategy recommended in the Macleay River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan in 2012. The site is located in the lower estuary of the Macleay River.
The objectives were to rehabilitate approximately 300 m of riverbank by addressing and remediating riverbank erosion, eradicate 1500 m2 of environmental weed, improve 0.6 ha of saltmarsh and fish habitat values, and reduce sediment and nutrient loads entering the lower estuary.
The project is jointly funded by Kempsey Shire Council and NSW Office Environment and Heritage (Estuary Program) and developed in accordance with management strategies 8 and 11 of the Macleay River Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plan.
Timber and rock structures known as ‘fillets’ are designed to provide bank protection and space for mangroves colonisation, creating important fish habitat.
This project also targeted the removal of Juncus acutus, a highly invasive weed that is threatening this and other saltmarsh communities in the lower Macleay.