Riverbank Rehabilitation Project

Following severe storms and floods across the Hunter, Greater Sydney and North Coast regions in February and March 2021, the NSW and Australian governments have committed $18.46 million to support the long-term rehabilitation and futureproofing of flood damaged riverbanks.

These waterways include the Hawkesbury River, Manning River (Taree), Nambucca River, Hastings River (Port Macquarie), Macleay River (Kempsey), Clarence River (Grafton), Richmond River (Ballina) and their flood-impacted tributaries.

The Riverbank Rehabilitation Project will undertake targeted riverbank works to address erosion and other riverbank flood damage on the highest priority areas of the affected waterways. The focus will be on building the resilience of the riverbank for future flood events and not specifically restoring riverbanks to their previous state.

The restoration of landslips and built infrastructure on waterways, such as houses, bridges, roads (private or public) or pipelines are not eligible under the project.

All works will be led by Local Land Services, take a reach-based and targeted approach to works, be considered best practice in riverbank management and will have been determined a priority by the Scientific Impact and Prioritisation Panel.

The project will also explore ways to streamline the waterway approval processes in a way that ensures post-flood rehabilitation works are appropriate, consistent with government regulations, support long-term river health and protect assets and businesses.

The Riverbank Rehabilitation Project is jointly funded by the NSW and Australian governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and is part of a $400 million flood recovery package.


We understand that the most recent flood events of February and March 2022 have also impacted the same waterways listed above, and we remain committed to supporting those rural landholders who were impacted again.

For impacted landholders, we will be hosting riverbank and erosion management information sessions across flood-affected regions. Details about these events will be made available soon.

If you would 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 you have them. Someone from the team will be in touch.

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