Coastal Management Program – Stage 1, Scoping Study

Public Exhibition of Draft Scoping Study Report -

Council placed the draft Shoalhaven City-wide Coastal Management Program (CMP) Scoping Study on public exhibition from Thursday 16 December 2019 to Tuesday 3 March 2020, to allow sufficient time for the community to make submissions, taking into account the Christmas and Summer holiday period.

Council’s Mayor Amanda Findley thanks members of the community who contributed to developing the draft Scoping Study.

The main part of the draft City-wide Scoping Study has been divided into an Executive Summary and eight sections:

  1. Draft CMP Scoping Study Table of Contents - Executive Summary
  2. Draft CMP

Public Exhibition of Draft Scoping Study Report -

Council placed the draft Shoalhaven City-wide Coastal Management Program (CMP) Scoping Study on public exhibition from Thursday 16 December 2019 to Tuesday 3 March 2020, to allow sufficient time for the community to make submissions, taking into account the Christmas and Summer holiday period.

Council’s Mayor Amanda Findley thanks members of the community who contributed to developing the draft Scoping Study.

The main part of the draft City-wide Scoping Study has been divided into an Executive Summary and eight sections:

  1. Draft CMP Scoping Study Table of Contents - Executive Summary
  2. Draft CMP Scoping Study Section 1 - Introduction
  3. Draft CMP Scoping Study Section 2 - Purpose Vision and Management Objectives
  4. Draft CMP Scoping Study Section 3 - Strategic Context
  5. Draft CMP Scoping Study Section 4 - Environmental and Physical Context
  6. Draft CMP Scoping Study Section 5 - Consultation and Engagement
  7. Draft CMP Scoping Study Section 6 - Key Management Issues and Risk Assessment
  8. Draft CMP Scoping Study Section 7 - Prioritisation Strategy and Forward Program
  9. Draft CMP Scoping Study Section 8 & 9 - Conclusions Recommendations References

The separate Appendices to the draft City-wide Scoping Study can be accessed using the links under the News Feed tab further below.

What is a Scoping Study?

The purpose of the first stage of scoping study in the preparation of a CMP is to:
• identify local priority management issues
• review the performance of existing management
• identify information gaps
• identify how consultation and engagement should take place during preparation of a CMP.

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City-wide Approach

Council’s overall CMP will be made up of a number of individual CMPs.

As recommended by the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment and the NSW Coastal Council, Shoalhaven City Council has taken a ‘city-wide’ approach to completing the scoping study stage of these CMPs, rather than preparing an individual scoping study for the open coast and each estuary.

The City-wide Scoping Study includes the open coast and estuaries in the one report, saving both time and costs. A single scoping study will provide consistency and continuity in delivering the scope and prioritisation for the four funded CMPs listed below as well as other future CMPs for our estuaries. It will also identify priorities for future CMPs.

At this stage of the process, Council has received NSW Government funding for the preparation of the following CMPs:
• Open Coast (i.e. the coastline open to the sea)
• St Georges Basin
• Lake Conjola
• Shoalhaven River.

Community Engagement

Shoalhaven City Council urges everyone to get involved and have their say. That way, the CMPs will better reflect the wants and needs of our community.

Council conducted focus group workshops and community drop-in sessions to inform, consult and involve the community on the direction of the CMPs. These workshops and community drop-in sessions were run by independent consultants. An online questionnaire submissions were available for those unable to attend a workshop or drop in sessions. The Questionnaire that forms the basis of the draft CMP Scoping Study below results can be found here.

The Community Consultation Report is included in Appendix D in the draft Citywide Scoping Study. Further community engagement opportunities will following for Stages 2 to 5 of in the development of Coastal Management Programs.

What A Scoping Study Must Cover

The NSW Coastal Management Manual, given effect by the Coastal Management Act 2016, clearly outlines the purpose and preferences of a Scoping Study and were followed throughout the preparation of the Draft CMP Scoping Study Draft Citywide Scoping Study report (Requirements).

Further Information

Further information on the Scoping Study stage of CMP is available in Part B of the Coastal Management Manual.

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