Coastal management program open for comment
Published: 12 October 2022
From South Durras Beach in the north to the Wallaga Lake shoreline in the south, Eurobodalla has more than 140 kilometres of coastline. Eurobodalla Council manages about 60 per cent of the shire’s coast and is seeking community feedback on how to protect and manage these beaches, headlands and shorelines.
The draft Open Coast Coastal Management Program is on public exhibition until Wednesday 9 November and outlines a 10-year strategy to protect the ecological, social and economic value of Eurobodalla’s coastline and managing coastal hazards and the potential impacts of climate change.
Council’s coastal planner Cameron Whiting said Council recognised and shared the community’s high regard for a beautiful, clean and healthy coast.
“Storms and sea-level rise, public access to sensitive habitats, and multi-agency responsibilities are just some of the challenges to managing our coast into the future,” Mr Whiting said.
“This draft program has been developed from feedback we have been collecting since early 2021. It looks to balance environmental interests with our community’s aspirations for access and protections of our beaches – all the while maintaining the natural quality of our coast. We all have important roles to play and this CMP can become an agreed strategy between the community, Council, Traditional Owners and state agencies.”
In addition to public display, Council will hold three drop-in sessions where community members can meet with Council staff and specialist consultants to discuss the draft program:
- Bay Pavilions, Thursday 3 November, 10am to 1pm
- Narooma Golf Club, Friday 4 November, 10am to 1pm
- Basil Sellers Exhibitions Centre, Saturday 5 November, 10am to 1pm.
Mr Whiting said the draft program included proposed priority actions such as a revetment to protect Long Beach’s Bay Road, and inundation berm to protect Surfside, and rock-wall upgrades at Wharf Road and Caseys Beach to address current and future coastal hazards at these sites.
“The CMP allows us to access valuable financial support from the NSW Government to protect and enhance our coast,” he said.
Have your say on the draft Open Coast Coastal Management Program.
The CMP was prepared with financial and technical support from the NSW Government. For more information or to register for a drop-in session, contact Cameron Whiting on 4474 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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