The site has remnant bushland along the eastern boundary of the site. This area includes eucalyptus woodlands and mangrove areas. As part of the site’s development and management, this area will be monitored and weed species treated to enhance and protect the native vegetation.
The western part of the site was used as a pine plantation. The previous owner of the site legally harvested pine trees prior to Council purchasing the land.
To enhance the site’s natural values, Council is managing the natural regeneration of native vegetation along the western sides of the site, including in-fill planting. As part of the revegetation works, Council is ensuring that fire and asset protection breaks are incorporated into the plantings and that overland stormwater flows are identified and managed.
- Yellow line: Property boundary, Purple line: Fire control line, Blue line: Swale drain
- Orange line: Services corridor (power and sewerage)
- Revegetation area
- Dredged material placement area
- Protected vegetation area (RE 12.5.3 Endangered and 12.2.5 Least Concern)
Council and the Kabi Kabi indigenous traditional owners of the Ningi site completed a survey that identified areas and artefacts of cultural heritage significance.
Council and the Kabi Kabi people have prepared cultural heritage management recommendations for the ongoing protection of the site’s cultural heritage and are working together on a strategic partnership for managing the site’s cultural and natural values.
Eleven existing large ponds were designed and built for the now disused aquaculture facility.
Detailed geotechnical analysis works to confirm the integrity and stability of the existing ponds will be undertaken as part of the planning and design phase for the Pacific Harbour dredging works. Subject to the outcomes of the geotechnical analyses, earthworks to a small number of the external batters of the ponds are expected to be required prior to placement of dredged material. Additionally, earthworks to reconfigure the internal pond layouts may be required to better facilitate the placement of the dredged material and management of excess water from the dredging process.
Buildings and equipment - safety and security
The site previously contained a number of buildings containing asbestos that have now been removed from the site. In addition, at least one open well was identified on the site and has been barricaded-off.
Local residents are reminded that the site is not open for public access at any time.