Riparian zones

Riparian resources

Fencing riparian zones

Why exclude stock from riparian zones?

Fencing waterways and controlling stock access is often regarded as the first stage to improving the waterway. Fencing will promote:

  • improved aquatic habitat for fish and other species
  • improved water quality through reduced input of faecal nutrients and sediments
  • bank stability by preventing slumping and erosion
  • reduced stock loss from bogging and drowning
  • improved aesthetic qualities of the farm.

Living and Working on a Riverbank


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Australian River Restoration Centre

Great reference website though you will need to follow multiple links to find exactly what you are looking for.


Threat Abatement Plans

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NSW Office of Water

Riparian Corridors and Vegetation Management Plans

Information for anyone wishing to do works on their river/creek banks.

A controlled activity approval authorises its holder to carry out a specified controlled activity at a specified location in, on or under waterfront land.

Under the Water Management Act 2000 (WM Act), a controlled activity means:

  1. the erection of a building or the carrying out of a work (within the meaning of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979), or
  2. the removal of material (whether or not extractive material) or vegetation from land, whether by way of excavation or otherwise, or
  3. the deposition of material (whether or not extractive material) on land, whether by way of landfill operations or otherwise, or
  4. the carrying out of any other activity that affects the quantity or flow of water in a water source.