Tallow Creek Opening Strategy

Byron Shire Council has an Environmental Management Plan and Opening Strategy (EMP) for Tallow Creek, Suffolk Park which provides construction related and environmental management guidance to Council staff in the conduct of an opening event at the Tallow Creek mouth.

The EMP accords with and reflects key elements of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF), found in two parts in the document library to the right, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service Licence (the Licence) for the activity.



Have your say

Council is inviting feedback on the main concerns the community has about water levels in Tallow Creek and whether the community is happy with the existing management strategy.

Please take the quick survey below.

Survey Closes - Friday 14 September 2018


Triggers to allow opening

Outlined in the EMP there are two triggers that allow Council to open the entrance of Tallow Creek for flood mitigation purposes based on:

  1. water levels > 2.2m AHD (unless a natural breach is likely due to rainfall)
  2. water quality that may pose human health concerns.

The EMP was prepared in close consultation with agencies and stakeholders and is based on an in-depth REF with the primary aim of keeping as natural a possible intermittently closed and open lake (ICOLL) system. When water levels increase > 1.8m AHD in the ICOLL, ‘nuisance’ flooding (i.e. non-structural flooding) is experienced by low lying property owners with Council able to artificially open the ICOLL when water levels reach > 2.2m AHD.

Typically the ICOLL tends to open naturally as water levels reach up to 2.2m AHD as has been experienced over the years with the last known Council led artificial opening undertaken in 2004.

The EMP does not identify a trigger for how long it is acceptable to inundate private property and Council infrastructure for any length of time.

As such, Council has contacted agencies and requested for consideration of more flexibility for opening the Tallow Creek entrance based on duration of inundation.

The information from the survey may then be used for more formal consideration of this option by the consent authorities.

More information

Contact our Coastal and Biodiversity Coordinator, Chloe Dowsett by email chloe.dowsett@byron.nsw.gov.au or phone 6626 7128.

Byron Shire Council has an Environmental Management Plan and Opening Strategy (EMP) for Tallow Creek, Suffolk Park which provides construction related and environmental management guidance to Council staff in the conduct of an opening event at the Tallow Creek mouth.

The EMP accords with and reflects key elements of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF), found in two parts in the document library to the right, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service Licence (the Licence) for the activity.



Have your say

Council is inviting feedback on the main concerns the community has about water levels in Tallow Creek and whether the community is happy with the existing management strategy.

Please take the quick survey below.

Survey Closes - Friday 14 September 2018


Triggers to allow opening

Outlined in the EMP there are two triggers that allow Council to open the entrance of Tallow Creek for flood mitigation purposes based on:

  1. water levels > 2.2m AHD (unless a natural breach is likely due to rainfall)
  2. water quality that may pose human health concerns.

The EMP was prepared in close consultation with agencies and stakeholders and is based on an in-depth REF with the primary aim of keeping as natural a possible intermittently closed and open lake (ICOLL) system. When water levels increase > 1.8m AHD in the ICOLL, ‘nuisance’ flooding (i.e. non-structural flooding) is experienced by low lying property owners with Council able to artificially open the ICOLL when water levels reach > 2.2m AHD.

Typically the ICOLL tends to open naturally as water levels reach up to 2.2m AHD as has been experienced over the years with the last known Council led artificial opening undertaken in 2004.

The EMP does not identify a trigger for how long it is acceptable to inundate private property and Council infrastructure for any length of time.

As such, Council has contacted agencies and requested for consideration of more flexibility for opening the Tallow Creek entrance based on duration of inundation.

The information from the survey may then be used for more formal consideration of this option by the consent authorities.

More information

Contact our Coastal and Biodiversity Coordinator, Chloe Dowsett by email chloe.dowsett@byron.nsw.gov.au or phone 6626 7128.