Community Views

Restoring lost reefs and saltmarsh in the Wagonga Inlet has a range of benefits including, protecting the shore from erosion, restoring access to the sandflats and ‘deep hole,’ clean water, increased fish populations and even job opportunities.

The Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline is a landmark project which aims to provide a natural approach to coastal protection rather than traditional methods such as rock walls. The project will use a range of innovative techniques to provide:

· Improved foreshore protection

· Bank stabilisation

· Enhanced resilience to sea-level rise due to climate change

· Intertidal Sydney rock oyster and subtidal Native flat oyster reef restoration

· Shoreline rehabilitation

· Increased marine productivity and biodiversity, including fish species

· Upgraded public access and usability

· Passive recreation opportunities

· Educational opportunities.

Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline is a collaborative partnership between Eurobodalla Shire Council (ESC), NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries through the Marine Estate Management Strategy, and The Nature Conservancy Australia (TNC) and the Australian Government through its Reef Builder initiative.

Concept Designs

Project partners, the Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline Technical Advisory Group and community representatives have been working with a team of experts to select the best site and design for the Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline. The concept design takes into account the challenges, opportunities, and sensitivities of the Wagonga Inlet foreshore. 

Learn more about the project

Please tell us your thoughts! This survey is an important activity under the Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline project. Thank you for agreeing to take part. Your ideas and input will contribute to the project planning and delivery. We value your input - the survey only takes about 5 minutes to complete. The feedback provided in the survey will be confidential and will not be used to identify you publicly. 

If you have any questions about this survey or the Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline project, please contact our Natural Resource and Sustainability Coordinator, Heidi Thomson, via email at or phone 02 4474 1329.

If you'd like to register your details to keep up to date with project updates or become involved as a volunteer, please submit your details here. 

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* 1. What activities do you undertake in or on Wagonga Inlet? Please select all that apply.

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* 2. How often do you use this part of the ‘Narooma Flat/ Easts’ shoreline for the above activities?

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* 3. How would you rate your knowledge and understanding of living shorelines and the environmental services they provide? Please select one.

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* 4. How would you rate your knowledge of shellfish reefs and efforts to restore these?

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* 5. Do you have any feedback or concerns about the Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline concept design?

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* 6. Would you like to see more of these types of projects as opposed to traditional rock walls in estuaries?

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* 7. Would you like to learn more about Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline Project?

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* 8. If Yes, how would you prefer to receive this information? Please select one. 

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* 9. Would you consider being involved in the Wagonga Inlet Living Shoreline project? E.g. as a volunteer citizen scientist collecting data from the site for research purposes.

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* 10. Is there anything else you would like to add about the project? Please enter your details in the form on our project page to stay up to date on the project