Shoalhaven Coastal Management Programs

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Stretching over 165kms, the coast is one of the Shoalhaven’s greatest assets. Our community values the remarkable coastline for its environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits. However, the coast faces many challenges with the potential to impact how we enjoy living by the water. How we manage our coastline is crucial to current activities and in preparing for the future.

Why is Council Creating Coastal Management Programs?

Coastal councils are required to prepare Coastal Management Programs (CMP) to replace the old Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) and Estuary Management Plans. CMPs for the estuaries and sections of the Shoalhaven’s 165km coastal zone are being developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Act (2016).

What is a Coastal Management Program?

A CMP is a long-term strategy for managing the coastal regions in the face of future climate risks. A CMP provides the framework and strategy that will be used to manage our coastlines and estuaries.

It takes into account historic events, current conditions, and future trends including population growth, environmental conditions, and climate change. CMP’s identify coastal management issues and the actions required to address these issues in a strategic and integrated way. It will also detail how and when those actions will be implemented, the cost, and funding mechanisms.

CMPs are developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Program Legislation and guided by the NSW State Government's Coastal Management Manual.

Why are there Five Stages of a Coastal Management Program?

CMPs are broken down into five stages that are designed to:

  • Address coastal hazard risks
  • Preserve habitats and cultural uses
  • Encourage sustainable agricultural, economic and built development in the coastal zone
  • Maintain or improve recreational amenity and resilience
  • Adapt to emerging issues such as population growth and climate change

View the Five Stages of a CMP newsfeed below to see the details for each stage.

How Many CMP’s is Council Preparing?

The coastal landscape of Shoalhaven LGA is a treasured natural, social, and economic asset for the community and visitors alike. Shoalhaven City Council manages 40 of the 109 beaches and 11 of the 15 lakes and estuaries.

Council is breaking the CMPs into smaller compartments to address the need for site specific management actions and priorities in each area. Council plans to finalise all of the CMP’s over the next 5 years.

The following areas will have CMP's:

Council are working collaboratively to commence and initiate these important programs for each community and have received funding for Lake Conjola, Open Coast, Jervis Bay, St. Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet, Berrara Creek, Swan Lake and the Lower Shoalhaven River.

How to Get Involved

We encourage you to participate in the development of the CMPs by subscribing to this Get Involved pages via the 'Stay Informed' function on this page.

For more information visit the NSW State Government website.

Stretching over 165kms, the coast is one of the Shoalhaven’s greatest assets. Our community values the remarkable coastline for its environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits. However, the coast faces many challenges with the potential to impact how we enjoy living by the water. How we manage our coastline is crucial to current activities and in preparing for the future.

Why is Council Creating Coastal Management Programs?

Coastal councils are required to prepare Coastal Management Programs (CMP) to replace the old Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) and Estuary Management Plans. CMPs for the estuaries and sections of the Shoalhaven’s 165km coastal zone are being developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Act (2016).

What is a Coastal Management Program?

A CMP is a long-term strategy for managing the coastal regions in the face of future climate risks. A CMP provides the framework and strategy that will be used to manage our coastlines and estuaries.

It takes into account historic events, current conditions, and future trends including population growth, environmental conditions, and climate change. CMP’s identify coastal management issues and the actions required to address these issues in a strategic and integrated way. It will also detail how and when those actions will be implemented, the cost, and funding mechanisms.

CMPs are developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Program Legislation and guided by the NSW State Government's Coastal Management Manual.

Why are there Five Stages of a Coastal Management Program?

CMPs are broken down into five stages that are designed to:

  • Address coastal hazard risks
  • Preserve habitats and cultural uses
  • Encourage sustainable agricultural, economic and built development in the coastal zone
  • Maintain or improve recreational amenity and resilience
  • Adapt to emerging issues such as population growth and climate change

View the Five Stages of a CMP newsfeed below to see the details for each stage.

How Many CMP’s is Council Preparing?

The coastal landscape of Shoalhaven LGA is a treasured natural, social, and economic asset for the community and visitors alike. Shoalhaven City Council manages 40 of the 109 beaches and 11 of the 15 lakes and estuaries.

Council is breaking the CMPs into smaller compartments to address the need for site specific management actions and priorities in each area. Council plans to finalise all of the CMP’s over the next 5 years.

The following areas will have CMP's:

Council are working collaboratively to commence and initiate these important programs for each community and have received funding for Lake Conjola, Open Coast, Jervis Bay, St. Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet, Berrara Creek, Swan Lake and the Lower Shoalhaven River.

How to Get Involved

We encourage you to participate in the development of the CMPs by subscribing to this Get Involved pages via the 'Stay Informed' function on this page.

For more information visit the NSW State Government website.

  • Coastal Management Programs - Development Process

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    Shoalhaven City Council is preparing Coastal Management Programs that aim to protect and preserve the future of the Shoalhaven’s coastline and estuaries.

    Take a look at the Coastal Management Program Brochure (CMP) published in the ‘Document Library’ outlining the process of developing a CMP.


  • Funding Boost Supports Shoalhaven Coastlines

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    Shoalhaven City Council has received more than $111,000 in funding from the NSW Government to undertake works to improve key coastal spots and combat erosion at Burrill Lake, Collingwood Beach and Shoalhaven Heads.

    The NSW Government funding was awarded to Council as part of the 2020-21 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

    The Coastal and Estuary grants awarded to Council include:

    • Lions Park, Burrill Lake: $28,975 to fund moving sand from adjacent flood tide delta shoals to nourish the foreshore and manage erosion impacts to vegetation, at this popular recreational foreshore area.
    • Collingwood Beach: $56,550 for restoration work of dunes, planting more diverse species with varying root systems to help stabilise the dunes.
    • Shoalhaven Heads: $26,250 for dune management erosion control measures to protect this popular area while making it more amenable.

    Council expects to commence these works in the 2021-22 financial year. Project planning is underway, including seeking approvals to undertake these critical works.

    Council has Coastal Zone Management Plans in place to provide sustainable plans for our coastal areas and are essential for both legislative and community reasons.

    For more information about Shoalhaven Coastal Management Plans visit Shoalhaven Coastal Management Programs Get Involved web page.

  • New Coastal Management Programs

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    Council have created three new Get Involved pages to provide community members with the latest updates and information regarding the development of Coastal Management Programs for the following areas:

    Be sure to click on the links above to view the Get Involved pages and sign up through ‘Stay Informed’ to receive the latest updates from Council.

  • The Five Stages of a Coastal Management Program

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    Stage one: Identify the scope of a CMP

    The first step is to identify the scope of a CMP which results in a Scoping Study. The Scoping Study incorporates local priority management issues, reviews existing management plans, identifies information gaps, and identifies how consultation and engagement should take place during preparation of a CMP.

    Once the Scoping Study has been certified, Council will engage a consultant to take on the actions required within Stages 2 – 4 via a Coast and Estuary Grant from the NSW State Government.

    Stage two: Determine Risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities

    This is a technical stage that requires gathering the background, further community consultation, a conceptual model, defining the coastal hazards within the area and modelling and mapping of the region and creating a risk assessment based on the hazard mapping models.

    Stage 2 requires the studies identified in the Scoping Study to be undertaken.

    Stage three: Identify and evaluate options.

    This stage includes the confirmation of strategic direction, identifying and evaluating potential management actions, further community and stakeholder consultation and the development of a draft business plan.

    Stage four: Prepare, exhibit, finalise, certify and adopt the CMP

    This stage involves preparing a draft CMP for public exhibition, incorporating community feedback and finalising the CMP taking into account all submissions and recommendations and ensuring that all statutory and mandatory requirements have been met.

    Stage five: Implement, monitor, evaluate and report

    The final stage of the process includes implementing, monitoring and evaluating the works proposed within the CMP, along with reporting and liaising with stakeholders.

  • $1.1m in Funding for Coastal Management Programs

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    Shoalhaven City Council’s Environmental Services Department have made significant progress on the Coastal Management Programs (CMP) which will provide long-term strategies for the coordinated management of Shoalhaven’s coastal zones and waterways.

    Council has successfully obtained five State Government grant applications from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Coastal and Estuary Planning Grants Program, to help plan for and manage the health of our unique coasts and estuaries while improving the resilience of coastal communities.

    Council also obtained a grant from the DPIE in 2019 to support the preparation of the Lake Conjola CMP, and at Council's 8 December 2020 Strategy and Assets Committee meeting, resolved to accept the Tender from Royal Haskoning DHV for the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program. The project commenced in February and Council continues to work closely with the Southern Coastal Management Advisory Committee, state agencies, our local Aboriginal community and the Lake Conjola community as the project progresses.

    In April 2021, Council successfully obtained funding under DPIE’s Coastal and Estuary Planning Grants Program funding of over $1.1million for our coastal areas.

    Successful grants applications have been obtained for the Shoalhaven Coastal Management Program ($180,000), Jervis Bay Coastal Management Program ($120,000), St Georges Basin, Sussex Inlet, Swan Lake and Berrara Creek Coastal Management Program ($300,000), Lower Shoalhaven River Coastal Management Program ($326,666) and the South Mollymook Coastal Protection Design and Approvals ($210,000).

    The grants will go towards the preparation of CMPs for each area with the exception of South Mollymook, with the funding going towards a detailed design and environmental assessments and approvals for the preferred seawall at the golf club and car park at the south end of Mollymook Beach.

    Prior to the funding announcement, Council had begun drafting the project briefs for these CMPs based on Council’s Adopted CMP Scoping Study.

    Council is required by state legislation to prepare a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for the estuaries and sections of the Shoalhaven’s 165km coastal zone. Shoalhaven City Council manages most of the region’s beaches, bays and headlands, and some of the lakes and estuaries, often in partnership with state government agencies.

    A drop-in Information Session for the Lake Conjola CMP will be held on Monday, 19 April 2021 at the Lake Conjola Community Centre from 4pm to 7pm. This session is to update the community with an overview of progress on the preparation of the Lake Conjola CMP, as well as what they can expect as the program progresses over the next 12 months. 

  • Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program Drop-in Information Session

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    Do you live, work, or play in Lake Conjola and surrounds?

    If so, Council would like to invite you to a drop-in information session about the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP) for the catchment area.

    When: Monday, 19 April 2021

    Where: Lake Conjola Community Centre

    Drop-in time: Between 4:00pm – 7:00pm

    For more information, subscribe to follow the project through 'Stay Informed' on this Get Involved Page.

  • Coastal Management Program Update

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    The Coastal Team at Shoalhaven Council would like to provide an update on the status of the Coastal Management Programs (CMP).

    Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program
    In the Strategy and Assets Committee meeting on 8 December 2020, Council resolved to accept the Tender from Royal HaskoningDHV for the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CSA20.18). Royal HaskoningDHV was notified of the success of their Tender and contracts were exchanged in February following contract negotiations. The project began in February and Council will be working closely with the Coastal Committees, as well as the Lake Conjola Community as the project progresses.

    Other Coastal Management Programs

    Shoalhaven City Council has applied for grants through the NSW Government Coastal and Estuary Grants Program to prepare CMPs for other coastlines and estuaries in the Shoalhaven LGA. Grants to prepare individual CMPs for the Shoalhaven Coastline and Jervis Bay, and St. Georges Basin, Sussex Inlet, Berrara Creek and Swan Lake have been submitted. In preparation for the funding, Council has begun drafting the project brief for these CMPs based on Council’s Adopted Scoping Study. These will be made available for review by your CMP Advisory Committees once drafted.

    Further consultation will take place with the broader community and stakeholders once a contractor is awarded and the preparation of the CMPs commence.

    Coastal Committee Meetings in March 2021

    The CMP Advisory Committees met in person for the first time in March 2021. The North and Central Area CMP Advisory Committee met on 15 March 2021, and the Southern Area CMP Advisory Committee met on 17 March 2021. The committee meeting minutes are published on Council's Agenda and Minutes webpage.

  • First Committee Meeting Held

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    The North, Central and South Coastal Management Advisory Committees have been formed, and will assist Shoalhaven City Council in the development and implementation of the Coastal Management Programs for their respective areas.

    The first committee meeting was held on 30 November 2020, and was arranged as a combined meeting with all North, Central and South committee members. The meeting agenda and minutes for this meeting, as well as for all future meetings, can be accessed through Council's Agenda and Minutes webpage.

  • Amendments to the Terms of Reference for the Coastal Management Advisory Committees

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    Amendments to the Terms of Reference for the Coastal Management Advisory Committees were recommended and accepted in the Development and Environment Committee meeting held on 6 October 2020, MIN20.736.

    Amendments reflect the inclusion of Aboriginal Representatives in the Committee Membership section, and one (1) Youth and one (1) local representative for the Aboriginal community in the Local Representatives sections.

    View the Terms of Reference online or in the Document Library on this page.

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

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    CLOSED: Recruitment has concluded.
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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.

Page last updated: 22 September 2021, 16:40