Riverbank Rehabilitation Project

Local Land Services is currently delivering the $18.46 million Riverbank Rehabilitation Project on behalf of the NSW and Australian Governments in response to the NSW Storm and High Rainfall (AGRN 960 and AGRN 954) events of February and March 2021. The Riverbank Rehabilitation Project includes 2 sub-project streams:

  • targeted riverbank rehabilitation on-ground works
  • streamlined riverbank rehabilitation approvals.

How will the Riverbank Rehabilitation Project help flood affected regions?

The NSW storm and high rainfall events of February and March 2021 caused significant damage to businesses, infrastructure, agricultural enterprises and the natural environment, with extreme erosion of impacted waterways.

The Riverbank Rehabilitation Project will undertake targeted works to address erosion and other riverbank flood damage on the highest priority areas of the affected waterways.

The project is focusing on 7 priority impacted waterways which are the Hawkesbury River, Manning River (Taree), Nambucca River, Hastings River (Port Macquarie), Macleay River (Kempsey), Clarence River (Grafton), Richmond River (Ballina) and their major tributaries.

What on-ground works will be undertaken through the Riverbank Rehabilitation Project?

The targeted riverbank rehabilitation on-ground works sub-project stream is identifying, prioritising and undertaking riverbank rehabilitation works to protect and enhance rural, agricultural, environmental and cultural assets, with the focus on building the resilience of riverbanks for future flood events.

The work is guided by a Scientific Impact and Prioritisation Panel tasked with determining priority sites and reaches. Resulting on-ground works will be led by Local Land Services in partnership with service providers (including Soil Conservation Services) and landholders.

All works undertaken in this project will:

  • take a reach-based and targeted approach to works
  • be considered best practice in riverbank management
  • focus on the protection of rural, agricultural, environmental and cultural asset protection
  • be determined a priority by the methodology and prioritisation tools endorsed by the project’s Scientific Impact and Prioritisation Panel.

How will the Riverbank Rehabilitation Project help to streamline approvals?

The streamlined riverbank rehabilitation approvals sub-project stream is applying a case management approach aimed at expediting the waterways approvals process without compromising the appropriate due diligence required for protecting natural and cultural heritage assets and effective riparian rehabilitation works.

Local Land Services is bringing together relevant stakeholders from both local and NSW governments through a Streamlined Approvals Interagency Working Group. The group will develop a framework to support consistent approaches to rehabilitation works and consider applications in a timely manner.

The project will provide ongoing resources and education that will allow landholders to make informed decisions when undertaking rehabilitation work.

Riverbank Erosion Support

NSW has experienced a number of severe weather and flood events in 2022, with ongoing wet seasonal conditions. Whilst many paddock and riverbank erosion sites are newly impacted from the 2022 flood events, there are many catchments, communities and landscapes that were also impacted by the NSW storm and high rainfall events of February and March 2021.

In response to the impact the NSW 2022 floods have had on primary producers, Local Land Services established the Riverbank Erosion Support Process, combining the resources and expertise of the Riverbank Rehabilitation Project team and the North Coast, Hunter and Greater Sydney Local Land Services teams to deliver immediate advice and support to impacted landholders.

This is focused on managing erosion on agricultural enterprises and natural resources, including paddocks, cropping land and naturally vegetated areas.

If you’d like to discuss your riverbank erosion damage, please email the project team at riverrehabproject@lls.nsw.gov.au
Please include contact details, river, land size, location and photos including before and after, if possible, and you will be contacted by a member of the team.

The Riverbank Rehabilitation Project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.


Local Land Services have a number of great resources available with regards to flood preparedness and recovery, as well as bushfire recovery resources.

How do I find out more?

You can get in touch with the team by emailing riverrehabproject@lls.nsw.nsw.gov.au.

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