We are in the process of preparing a Coastal Management Program (CMP) to ensure Eurobodalla Shire's coast is managed and developed in a way that protects our natural features and supports ongoing growth.
The open coast CMP covers over 140km of beaches, headlands and shorelines, from South Durras Beach in the north, to Akolele on the shoreline of Wallaga Lake at the southern end of Eurobodalla Shire. Council manages approximately 60 per cent of this area, the remaining beaches are managed by National Parks. As a coastal council, we are required to undertake a CMP to manage sections of our coastal zone.
We reached out to the community in 2018 to get feedback on coastal use and coastal hazards. We are now implementing that feedback through additional community engagement and work to inform the final CMP.
The CMP will be prepared in accordance with the NSW Coastal Management Act 2016 and NSW Coastal Management Manual 2018.
The CMP's focus is on areas that are, or expected to be, affected by coastal hazards now and into the future with particular attention to places where Council, community or private assets could be at risk from coastal hazards such as erosion and inundation.
We will be seeking community feedback on how they use the coastline: what you value and want to see protected, enhanced, or just left the way it is. Key areas that will be examined in the Coastal Management Program and examples of what kind of information we consider will be
Amenity: How you use the coast:
- eg, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, or just enjoying the beach
Access: Ensuring safe and accessible beaches:
- Is your coastal area accessible?
- Is the access safe and easy to use?
Protecting areas from Coastal hazards:
- Does your area experience beach erosion?
- Would you like to see dune revegation?
The program will be delivered in five stages.
- Stage one: Prepare a scoping study to identify key issues and the range of technical assessments required. Expert coastal and engineering consultants Rhelm completed the draft scoping in May 2021, with consultation and review by Council and State Government Agency staff.
- Stage two: Technical investigations to identify areas that are potentially at risk from coastal hazards now and into the future. Studies have been completed to indicate the extent of hazards such as erosion and inundation, from storms, waves and tides.
- Stage three: Develop strategies to adapt our communities to coastal hazards. Council and the consultant will be seeking community input and feedback through a range of methods in 2021. This community input will be used to determine preferred solutions
- Stage four: Public exhibition and certification of the program. The community will have additional opportunities to comment and contribute during this stage.
- Stage five: Implement and monitor the program.
Please note: As of 1 December 2021, a reference to an Environment Protection Zone E1, E2, E3 or E4 in a document should be taken to be a reference to a Conservation Zone C1, C2, C3 or C4. For further information, please see NSW Department of Planning and Environment's 'Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Amendment (Land Use Zones) Order 2021'.
From 1 March 2022, the 45 existing State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) have been consolidated into 11 policies. Any references on this page to any of the amended SEPPs outlined on the Department of Planning and Environment's website should be replaced with the new applicable consolidated policy.
The CMP will set the long-term strategy for management of your coast. We want the CMP to protect how you use and value the coast through management strategies and works that are supported by the community. That is why Council has undertaken extensive consultation with the community in the past and continues to ask for input and feedback to the process.
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