Shoalhaven Coastal Management Programs

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The Shoalhaven encompasses 165km of coastal zone, from North Durras in the south to Seven Mile Beach in the north. Shoalhaven City Council manages much of the coast’s beaches, bays and headlands, and some of the lakes and estuaries, often in partnership with state government agencies.

In 2018, Council prepared a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the ‘Open Coast’ – that is, the coastline open to the sea.

In 2018, the State Government’s Coastal Management Act (2016) commenced. Under this legislation Council is required to prepare a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for the estuaries and sections of the open coast

The Shoalhaven encompasses 165km of coastal zone, from North Durras in the south to Seven Mile Beach in the north. Shoalhaven City Council manages much of the coast’s beaches, bays and headlands, and some of the lakes and estuaries, often in partnership with state government agencies.

In 2018, Council prepared a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the ‘Open Coast’ – that is, the coastline open to the sea.

In 2018, the State Government’s Coastal Management Act (2016) commenced. Under this legislation Council is required to prepare a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for the estuaries and sections of the open coast managed by Council.

Background

The CMP aims to achieve the objectives of the Coastal Management Act 2016 and sets the long-term strategy for the coordinated management of Shoalhaven’s coastal zone.

The Shoalhaven community values our coast not only as a place of leisure, relaxation and play, but also as an important social, economic and environmental asset for future generations.

Many threats have the potential to impact how our community enjoys the coast, both now and into the future. Integrated and sustainable management of the coastal zone is both a legal responsibility, and a high priority, for Council as well as for local communities. The CMP will provide a framework for identifying and managing coastal threats.

Shoalhaven City Council is preparing CMPs according to the NSW Coastal Management Manual’s five stage process. Further information regarding each stage in the production of the CMP is outlined in the NSW Coastal Management Manual.

Community Engagement

There will be opportunities for community involvement through all stages of the process to identify key threatening processes, incorporate community preferences and criteria, share information and ideas and actively involve the community in monitoring and reviewing of the CMP implementation.

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  • Applications Extended - Members of Shoalhaven City Council’s Northern, Central, and Southern Coastal Management Program Advisory Committees

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    20 August, 2020
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    Applications to join one of the three Coastal Management Program Advisory Committees in the Northern, Central and Southern areas of the Shoalhaven has been extended to 2 September 2020. These advisory committees will contribute to the development and implementation of coastal management plans, and will meet on an as-needs basis.

    To nominate please complete the application form, in the Documents Folder on this web page by close of business on Wednesday 2 September 2020.

    Nominations will be assessed based on knowledge and the person’s ability to disseminate information to their local community.

    For further information please call Nigel Smith, Coastal Coordinator, on 02 4429 5501 or at nigel.smith@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    If you are interested in participating in how Council manages Coastal Management across the city, and would like to assist in the development of Council’s Coastal Management Plans, please refer to the Terms of Reference - North/Central/Southern Coastal Management Program Advisory Committees, on the Coastal Management Plan Get Involved web page. We would like to hear from you.

  • Application for Members of Shoalhaven City Council’s Northern, Central, and Southern Coastal Management Program Advisory Committees

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    03 August, 2020
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    Council is establishing three Coastal Management Program Advisory Committees in the Northern, Central and Southern areas of the Shoalhaven. These advisory committees will contribute to the development and implementation of coastal management plans, and will meet on an as-needs basis.

    To nominate please complete the application form, in the Documents Folder on this web page by close of business on Friday 21 August 2020.

    Nominations will be assessed based on knowledge and the person’s ability to disseminate information to their local community.

    For further information please call Janice Cornie, Coastal Coordinator, on 02 4429 3316 or at Janice.cornie@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

    If you are interested in participating in how Council manages Coastal Management across the city, and would like to assist in the development of Council’s Coastal Management Plans, please refer to the Terms of Reference - North/Central/Southern Coastal Management Program Advisory Committees, on the Coastal Management Plan Get Involved web page. We would like to hear from you.

  • Scoping Study

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    12 September, 2019

    September 2019

    A city-wide Scoping Study is currently being prepared. This is the first stage in preparation of the CMP.

    The main aims of the Scoping Study are to:

    • review progress made in managing issues in coastal areas
    • develop a shared understanding of the current situation
    • identify information gaps
    • identify the focus of the new CMP.

    For further information and updates on the scoping study, visit getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/CMPStage1ScopingStudy

  • Individual Coastal Management Programs

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    12 September, 2019

    September 2019

    Council’s overall Coastal Management Program is made up of a number of individual CMPs. At this stage of the process, Council has received NSW Government funding for the preparation of the following CMPs:

    • Open Coast
    • Lake Conjola
    • Shoalhaven River
    • St Georges Basin.