Estuary Management

What is an Estuary?

An estuary is the place where freshwater from a river mixes with saltwater from the sea. Estuaries are a great spot to spend time swimming, walking, canoeing or having a picnic.

Importantly, they also act as buffers to protect shorelines from erosion and flooding and provide essential food and habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife.

Estuaries are unique environments that include some of the most complex ecosystems on earth – we are so lucky to live near these ecosystems in the Corangamite region.


Estuaries of the region

The Corangamite CMA region extends eastward from Peterborough to Queenscliff and takes in bayside estuaries as far as Limeburners Bay near Geelong.

This large management region includes estuaries of various condition, from pristine to highly modified, generally reflecting the level of human interference within the catchment.

For more information on estuaries of the region click on the following brochures or contact our staff.

Journey to the Great Ocean Road Estuaries

Corangamite CMA initiated the Protecting the GREAT Ocean Road ESTUARIES Project in 2004.
Through this ongoing project, the Corangamite CMA and many communities, government and other organisations, protect the Great Ocean Road estuaries to ensure they are GREAT.


Click here for information on becoming an EstuaryWatch volunteer to help monitor estuaries across the region.

Gellibrand and Curdies River estuary management plans, calling for public feedback

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, with assistance from RM Consulting Group (RMCG), has prepared a draft Estuary Management Plan (EMP) for the Gellibrand and Curdies River estuaries. You can download the plan on links below. 

This draft EMP’s aim to provide a clear picture of the main management activities required to maintain or improve the environmental condition of the estuaries, whilst sustainably supporting a range of social and economic uses. It is intended that the EMP will be used to seek funding, strengthen coordination amongst stakeholders responsible for estuary management and increase community understanding and appreciation for the natural value of the estuary.

A stakeholder Working Group, including representation from government agencies, community groups and landholders, has informed the development of the EMP’s, as well as relevant scientific literature, strategies and plans.

Your input is valuable in ensuring the EMP’s are relevant and supported by all stakeholders who have an influence on the Gellibrand or Curdies River estuaries.

Public feedback will be received until 5pm Friday 9 the December. Please provide your written response via email or mail to Jaclyne Scally, RMCG:
• P.O. Box 620, Torquay 3228

If you have any queries or require further information about the project please contact either Jaclyne Scally, RMCG on (03) 5261 6105 or Tom Scarborough, CCMA on (03) 5232 9100.


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