SHOROC State of the Region Report

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Beach Quality Back to top

Key Indicator

Annual beach suitability grade for each beach in the SHOROC region.

Target (SHOROC Region)

Ongoing improvement.

What is the current situation/trend?

off-track Indicator is off-track

The health of SHOROC’s beaches have been graded in the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) State of the Beaches Report

The SHOROC Regions Beaches and Estuarine Areas on average had a ‘Good’ beach suitability grade as outlined in the following tables.

Summary of the Health of the SHOROC Regions 21 Ocean Beaches and 20 Estuarine Areas (State of the Beaches Report 2011-12)
Beach Suitability Grade 21 Ocean Beaches 23 Estuarine Areas
  2011-12 2009-10 2011-12 2009-10
Very Good 9 5 3 4
Good 11 15 16 14
Fair 0 0 2 1
Poor 1 0 1 1
Very Poor 0 0 1 0

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Biodiversity Back to top

Key Indicator

Extent of threatened species.

Target (SHOROC Region)

No increase or a reduction in threatened species.

What is the current situation/trend?

not available Indicator trend not yet available

The NSW Government website Threatened species, populations and ecological communities of NSW  lists threatened species located with NSW Catchment Management Authority (CMA) subregions. Two of these CMA subregions are applicable to the SHOROC Region as follows:

  • Sydney Metro (Pittwater B) CMA Subregion – covering Mosman, Manly and Warringah Local Government Areas (LGA’s)
  • Hawkesbury Nepean (Pittwater) CMA Subregion – covering Pittwater LGA

The following table provides a summary of the number and level of threat of various categories of threatened species within the SHOROC Region as follows:

Summary of Threatened Species for the SHOROC REGION                                                                 (Hawkesbury Nepean (Pittwater) GMA Subregion & Sydney Metro (Pittwater B) CMA Subregion 
Level of Threat Sydney Metro (Pittwater B) CMA Subregion: Number of Species  Hawkesbury/Nepean (Pittwater) CMA Subregion: Number of Species Total:
Critically endangered ecological community 1 0 1
Critically endangered  6 5 11
Endangered ecological communities 10 9 19
Endangered populations 7 2 9
Endangered  43 20 63
Vulnerable  79 36 115
Total: 146 72 218

* Threatened species, populations and ecological communities of NSW  data extracted February 2013 

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  • Threatened species known or predicted to occur in the Sydney Metro (Pittwater B) CMA Subregion.
  • Threatened species known or predicted to occur in the Hawkesbury Nepean (Pittwater) CMA Subregion

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Value Placed by Residents on the Natural Environment Back to top

Key Indicator

Rating of the value placed by residents on the natural environment.

Target (SHOROC Region)

Develop an understanding of the value SHOROC residents place on the natural environment and monitor whether this changes over time.

What is the current situation/trend?

not available Indicator is not yet available

This indicator will be determined via survey questions that are currently under construction and will be incorporated into all SHOROC councils’ (Mosman, Manly, Warringah and Pittwater) community surveys by June 2014.

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Catchment Health Back to top

Key Indicator

Condition and Pressure Index Ratings for Estuaries and Coastal Lakes within the SHOROC Region, as outlined in the NSW Government State of the Catchments (SOC) Reports.

Target (SHOROC Region)

The NSW Government State of the Catchments (SOC) Report 2010 provides a:

  • Condition Index Ratings of: Very Good /Good /Fair /Poor / Very Poor.
  • Pressure Index Ratings:  Very Low /Low /Moderate /High / Very High

SHOROC’s Direction/Targets are:

  • Conditions Index Ratings: Achieve Very Good and Good Ratings. Improve on Fair, Poor or Very Poor Ratings overtime.
  • Pressure Index Ratings:  Achieve Very Low, Low or Moderate Ratings. Improve on High and Very High Ratings over time

For details on what comprises these index ratings please refer to the NSW Government State of the Catchments (SOC) Report 2010

What is the current situation/trend?

off-track Indicator is off-track

The below table illustrates that there is work to be done to improve the condition and pressure on the SHOROC Regions Estuaries and Coastal Lakes, with only 62.25% of them meeting this indicators desired conditions and pressure index ratings targets.

SHOROC REGION ESTUARIES AND COASTAL LAKES CONDITIONS AND PRESSURE INDEX RATINGSNSW Government State of the Catchments (SOC) Report 2010
Name of Estuary or Coastal Lake Conditions Index & Rating Pressure Index Rating Does it meet SHOROC’s Direction / Target
Hawkesbury River  4.4 : Very Good 3.5: Low Yes
Pittwater  4.0: Good 3.0: Moderate Yes
 Broken Bay No Data 3.6: Low Yes (Based on available data)
 Narrabeen Lagoon  4.7: Very Good 3.0: Moderate Yes
Dee Why Lagoon  2.0: Poor 2.4: High No
Curl Curl Lagoon  No Data 2.5: High No (Based on available data)
Manly Lagoon  1.7: Very Poor 2.4: High No
Middle Harbour Creek  No Data 3.1: Moderate Yes (Based on available data)

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