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.
- Learn more about the coastal management process in NSW on the Department of Planning and Environment's website.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Report - Vulnerability Assessments (3.6 MB)
- Map - Erosion Hazard (4.8 MB)
- Map - Tidal Inundation (6.0 MB)
- Map - Coastal Inundation Depth (10.3 MB)
- Map - Coastal Inundation Part 1 (11.5 MB)
- Map - Coastal Inundation Part 2 (13.5 MB)
- Map - Coincident Inundation Part 1 (8.6 MB)
- Map - Coincident Inundation Part 2 (11.8 MB)
- Appendix A - Geotech Investigation Report (17.8 MB)
- Appendix B - Sediment Transport (2.9 MB)
- Appendix C - Coastal Hazard Maps (8.5 MB)
- Appendix D - Model Assumptions (569.8 KB)
- Stage three: Develop strategies to adapt our communities to coastal hazards. Council and the project consultant have sought community and state government input and feedback through working groups, our Coastal and Environment Management Advisory Committee and through a NSW State Government taskforce. This community input has been used to determine a business plan of preferred coastal hazard solutions and opportunities for environmental protection and access.
- Stage four (current): Public exhibition and certification of the program. The draft Open Coast CMP was on exhibition for community feedback from 12 October to 23 November 2022.
- Stage five: Implement and monitor the program.The CMP has been submitted for certification. Once certification has been completed, Council will gazette the CMP and begin implementation.
The CMP also contains a Coastal Hazard Code, which provides guidance for development in areas identified as having a coastal hazard risk.
Finally, the CMP contains guidance in how Council and community respond to emergency situations, such as coastal storms. The Coastal Zone Emergency Action Subplan allows Council and community to action strategies to mitigate impacts and disruption from storm events on private and public assets and cultural heritage sites.
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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Read previous updates:
- Background and timeline: Learn about what has happened so far with the Eurobodalla Coastal Management Program.
- Community engagement: See what has already happened and how you can get involved, learn about the program, and share your ideas with us.
- Coastal hazards assessment documentation: Download the Eurobodalla coastal hazard assessment, which was presented to the community in 2017 during Stage 2.
- Draft Open Coast CMP: view the draft Open Coast CMP that was on public exhibition from 12 October to 23 November 2022.
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- E: Cameron Whiting