Open Coast Coastal Management Program

Eurobodalla has 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.

We are 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 CMP will be prepared in accordance with the NSW Coastal Management Act 2016 and NSW Coastal Management Manual 2018.

Program focus and staging

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.

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.
  • 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. These will now be reviewed.
  • 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.

Recent events in the Coastal Management Program process

  • Following the NSW Coastal Reforms, we began the Open Coast CMP process as soon as possible.
    • This was done in order to achieve certification under the Coastal Management Act 2016.
    • Having a certified CMP enables us to access funding allocated under the NSW Coastal Management Grants Program
  • As part of the Open Coast CMP, we organised a coastal hazard assessment to better understand the risks from coastal hazards.
    • We completed and had certified the Wharf Road Coastal Zone Management Plan.
    • Government agencies were also concurrently involved in studies and public infrastructure works particularly in the Batemans Bay area
  • Concerns were raised by some members of the community and NSW Coastal Alliance regarding these processes.
    • In response, the NSW government established a Coastal Agency Taskforce in 2019 with funding to coordinate agencies to work with the community and find solutions to identified coastal hazards
    • Preparation of the Open Coast CMP was placed on hold following this announcement. This was done to avoid duplication and community confusion associated with multiple processes including an independent coastal impact assessment for Batemans Bay commissioned in 2018 by Transport for NSW. The study was prepared independently of government agencies and Eurobodalla Council at the request of the community-based project reference group.
    • Stage 1 and 2 Batemans Bay Independent Coastal Impact Assessment has been completed by consultants GHD and are available on Transport NSW website
    • In reviewing the assessment, the Coastal Agency Taskforce made the recommendation that Council recommence finalisation of the Open Coast CMP. This will include incorporating the findings of the independent study, carrying out additional technical assessment, consulting broadly with community and ensuring consistency with NSW coastal management legislation to enable implementation of actions
  • In May 2020, we were awarded additional NSW government funding to complete the Open Coast CMP. We have since prepared a brief that recommends:
    • a review of all works and studies previously completed, refined coastal hazard mapping based on additional geotechnical and inundation assessment
    • the inclusion of community ideas and inputs gathered through community engagement in 2018 as well as in 2012
    • identifying, modelling and evaluating a suite of coastal hazard management solutions, informed by and for the benefit of the community.

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