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Former oyster structures cleared at Karuah


More than 15 tonnes of waste and dilapidated structures have been cleared this month from a former oyster processing site at Karuah. 

The NSW Government took the steps to remove the ramshackle boatshed, jetty and water tank after it was deemed unsafe earlier in 2023. 

The site is located on reclaimed Crown Land on the Karuah River in Port Stephens. 

Crown Lands in the Department of Planning and Environment completed works to clear the waterfront site, which it will then rehabilitate for further use. 

Prior to works begining, the organisation commissioned an ecologist to conduct a preliminary investigation to ensure the adjacent mangroves and waterway were protected during the clean-up. 

The Karuah River is a popular waterway for recreation and oyster farming.

The clean-up will benefit visitors and locals to the surrounding foreshore and river by removing potential environmental hazards. 

Crown Lands executive director of land and asset management Greg Sullivan said with site structures now removed, future opportunities would be assessed, subject to further funding, to remediate the land to allow the area to be fully restored. 

“The Karuah River is a popular waterway near Port Stephens for recreation and oyster farming and this investment to have the derelict structures removed from the site has helped protect the environmental health of this fantastic natural landscape,” he explained.

“Crown reserves play critical roles protecting the environment and supporting communities with everything from riverside reserves to parks, ovals, community halls and much more.” 

Port Stephens is renowned for its production of seafood.

In fact it was the second largest oyster producing estuary in NSW in 2023, valued at more than $11 million.

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