Open Coast Coastal Management Program

We are preparing an Open Coast 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 will prepare the Open Coast CMP in accordance with the NSW Coastal Management Act 2016 and NSW Coastal Management Manual 2018.

Program focus

The Open Coast CMP:

  • focuses on areas that currently are or will likely become affected by coastal hazards
  • gives particular attention to places where public or private assets could be at risk from coastal hazards such as erosion and inundation.

Latest news

December 2022: December 2022: The draft Open Coast CMP was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council 13th December 2022.


The Coastal Management Program is a 5 Stage Process. Stages 1-4 are the preparation of a CMP and Stage 5 is the ongoing implementation.

Community engagement

We have reached out to the community in a range of different ways since 2015 to get feedback on coastal use and hazards to help inform the Open Coast Coastal Management Program. The consultation undertaken and feedback from community has been summarised in the Community Stakeholder Engagement Plan & Summary.

The draft Open Coast CMP was on public exhibition for community feedback from 12 October to 23 November 2022. During the public exhibition period, we hosted four community drop-in sessions for people to ask questions and view the draft in person. In total, 83 submissions were made to the draft CMP. All of these were considered and a number of small changes was made to the CMP to reflect community questions and feedback.

Throughout this project we've worked closely with the Traditional Custodians of the Eurobodalla, who have always managed this land and continue to do so to this day. With assistance from the Aboriginal Community and the Eurobodalla Land Council’s, Council and the NSW State Government have captured and shared some of their values and ongoing contribution to managing the coast and sea of NSW in a series of videos about coastal management and connection to country:

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More information

For more information about Coastal Management Programs and long-term solutions, please contact our Coastal Management Planner, Cameron Whiting: