Macleay River Estuary

Macleay River at Jerseyville

The coastal Macleay sub catchment has an area of 739 sq km and waterway area of 18.2 sq km. The Macleay River has a catchment area of 11,435 sq km. Defined as a mature barrier estuary formed by the gradual infilling of the coastal basin by fluvial sediments from the landward end and by marine sediments from the seaward entrance it is bordered by Nambucca to the north and Hastings catchment to the south.

The Macleay estuary is a mature barrier dominated system in a high energy ocean wave setting. It is a filled delta system dominated by fluvial processes. It can be broken into 3 broad process zones that reflect differing degrees of fluvial and tidal interactions. Fluvial process zone extends from tidal limit at Belgrave Falls to Kinchela (including Belmore, Kinchela and Upper Clybucca Creek). Fluvial-Marine transitional zone extends from Kinchela to Jerseyville Bridge and includes most of Clybucca Creek. Marine flood tide zone is dominated by marine derived sediment and extends from Jerseyville Bridge to the mouth of the Macleay River including the abandoned Macleay Arm.

Council gained additional funding in 2003 and 2005 to assist in the preparation of a management plan for the Macleay River estuary. An Estuary Management Plan for the Macleay River estuary is being prepared on behalf of Kempsey Shire Council and the Department of Environment & Climate Change (DECC), to fulfil the requirements of the NSW Estuary Management Policy (1992) and the NSW Coastal Policy (1997). The Plan will provide a program of strategic actions to assist government authorities and other stakeholder groups to sustain a healthy estuary through appropriate waterway, foreshore and catchment management.

Related documents

Macleay River Processes Study (final)

Macleay River Estuary Management Study (Final)

Macleay River Estuary Management Plan

DIPNR Macleay River Estuary Tidal Data Collection

Macleay River Estuary Ecological Study

Macleay River Estuary Ecological Study (Final)