Shoalhaven Coastal Management Programs

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Coastal Management Programs are being developed for:

  • Lake Conjola
  • Open Coast and Jervis Bay
  • Sussex Inlet, St Georges Basin, Berrara Creek and Swan Lake
  • Lower Shoalhaven River

CMPs for the remaining coast and estuaries in the Shoalhaven will be prepared in the future. Find out more...

Further background can also be found on Council's Coastal Management Program – Scoping Study project page.

Background

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

Coastal Management Programs are being developed for:

  • Lake Conjola
  • Open Coast and Jervis Bay
  • Sussex Inlet, St Georges Basin, Berrara Creek and Swan Lake
  • Lower Shoalhaven River

CMPs for the remaining coast and estuaries in the Shoalhaven will be prepared in the future. Find out more...

Further background can also be found on Council's Coastal Management Program – Scoping Study project page.

Background

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.

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.

If you would like to register your interest in this project, please subscribe via the 'Stay Informed' function on this page.

  • $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.

  • Application for 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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    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 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.

  • Scoping Study

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    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 update, visit the CMP Scoping Study Get Involved Web page.