Coastal Management Program – Stage 1, Scoping Study

The Scoping Study is the first stage in the preparation of a Coastal Management Program (CMP), with the main aims being 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 each new CMP.

The scoping study draws upon existing information such as consultants’ reports, mapping, monitoring activities, questionnaire responses, population and economic statistics, and completed studies. This stage does not involve new studies. Community and stakeholder engagement will be a focus of the Shoalhaven Citywide Scoping Study.


City-wide Approach

Council’s overall Coastal Management Program will be made up of a number of individual CMPs.

As recommended by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) 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 Citywide Scoping Study will include 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 Coastal Management Programs will better reflect the wants and needs of our community.

Council will be conducting focus group workshops and community drop-in sessions to inform, consult and involve the community on the direction of the CMPs. These are being run by independent consultants. Find out more...

An online questionnaire will soon be available for those unable to attend a workshop or drop in session or who prefer to provide input in their own time. Individuals can also make a submission.

Notes and data will be collected from the focus group and community drop-in sessions, questionnaire responses and on-line submissions. This information will be collated and analysed by the consultants engaged to undertake the Scoping Study (Advision), with the results presented and discussed in the Scoping Study report.

The draft of the Scoping Study report together with the draft community engagement strategy, for preparation of the coastal management programs, will be reported to Council prior to public exhibition. The public exhibition of these documents will provide another opportunity for everyone to give feedback before the report is finalised and presented to Council.

The more community responses we receive, the better YOUR Coastal Management Program can be!


Further Information

Further information on the Scoping Study stage of Coastal Management Programs can be found in Part B of the Coastal Management Manual.


Stay Informed

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

The Scoping Study is the first stage in the preparation of a Coastal Management Program (CMP), with the main aims being 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 each new CMP.

The scoping study draws upon existing information such as consultants’ reports, mapping, monitoring activities, questionnaire responses, population and economic statistics, and completed studies. This stage does not involve new studies. Community and stakeholder engagement will be a focus of the Shoalhaven Citywide Scoping Study.


City-wide Approach

Council’s overall Coastal Management Program will be made up of a number of individual CMPs.

As recommended by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) 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 Citywide Scoping Study will include 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 Coastal Management Programs will better reflect the wants and needs of our community.

Council will be conducting focus group workshops and community drop-in sessions to inform, consult and involve the community on the direction of the CMPs. These are being run by independent consultants. Find out more...

An online questionnaire will soon be available for those unable to attend a workshop or drop in session or who prefer to provide input in their own time. Individuals can also make a submission.

Notes and data will be collected from the focus group and community drop-in sessions, questionnaire responses and on-line submissions. This information will be collated and analysed by the consultants engaged to undertake the Scoping Study (Advision), with the results presented and discussed in the Scoping Study report.

The draft of the Scoping Study report together with the draft community engagement strategy, for preparation of the coastal management programs, will be reported to Council prior to public exhibition. The public exhibition of these documents will provide another opportunity for everyone to give feedback before the report is finalised and presented to Council.

The more community responses we receive, the better YOUR Coastal Management Program can be!


Further Information

Further information on the Scoping Study stage of Coastal Management Programs can be found in Part B of the Coastal Management Manual.


Stay Informed

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

  • Our Coast, River and Estuaries Questionnaire

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    1 October 2019

    We welcome you to have input and be part of the future management of Shoalhaven’s coastline and estuaries!

    You can contribute by completing an Online Questionnaire

    Alternatively, you can download a Printable Questionnaire

    Printed Questionnaires should be returned to Shoalhaven City Council, P.O. Box 42 Nowra NSW 2541

    The Questionnaire will close on 31 October 2019.

    Don't forget that further opportunities to contribute to the program will be available as the project moves through different stages. To stay updated on this project, please subscribe via the “Stay Informed” button provided on the main project page.

    1 October 2019

    We welcome you to have input and be part of the future management of Shoalhaven’s coastline and estuaries!

    You can contribute by completing an Online Questionnaire

    Alternatively, you can download a Printable Questionnaire

    Printed Questionnaires should be returned to Shoalhaven City Council, P.O. Box 42 Nowra NSW 2541

    The Questionnaire will close on 31 October 2019.

    Don't forget that further opportunities to contribute to the program will be available as the project moves through different stages. To stay updated on this project, please subscribe via the “Stay Informed” button provided on the main project page.

  • Key Stakeholder Focus Workshops

    about 1 month ago

    September 2019

    Key Stakeholder Focus Workshops will be held in addition to the community drop in session. The workshops will be held as follows (registration essential):
    • Tuesday 24 September 2019 - Ulladulla Civic Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    • Wednesday 25 September 2019 - St Georges Basin Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    • Thursday 26 September 2019 - Nowra Showground Pavilion, 2pm to 4pm
    • Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Lake Conjola Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    • Wednesday 2 October 2019 - Sussex Inlet Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    • Thursday 3 October 2019 - Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    Registration for the...

    September 2019

    Key Stakeholder Focus Workshops will be held in addition to the community drop in session. The workshops will be held as follows (registration essential):
    • Tuesday 24 September 2019 - Ulladulla Civic Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    • Wednesday 25 September 2019 - St Georges Basin Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    • Thursday 26 September 2019 - Nowra Showground Pavilion, 2pm to 4pm
    • Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Lake Conjola Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    • Wednesday 2 October 2019 - Sussex Inlet Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    • Thursday 3 October 2019 - Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm
    Registration for the key stakeholder focus workshops is required.

    To register your interest to attend a workshop, please email Coastal.Management@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or alternatively, telephone
    (02) 4429 3431 or (02) 4429 5501 by Friday 20 September 2019.
  • Community Drop In Sessions and Workshops

    about 1 month ago

    September 2019

    The community drop-in sessions are open to everyone, with people welcome to attend at any time between 5pm and 7pm at the following locations:

    • Ulladulla Civic Centre - Tuesday 24 September 2019
    • St George’s Basin Community Centre - Wednesday 25 September 2019
    • Nowra Showground Pavilion - Thursday 26 September 2019
    • Lake Conjola Community Centre - Tuesday 1 October 2019
    • Sussex Inlet Community Centre - Wednesday 2 October 2019
    • Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre - Thursday 3 October 2019

    Key Stakeholder Focus Workshops will be held in addition to the community drop in session. The workshops will involve key stakeholders and are limited in numbers, therefore registration is essential. Find out how to register...

    An online questionnaire will soon be available for those unable to attend a workshop or drop in session or who prefer to provide input in their own time. Individuals can also make a submission.

    The more community responses we receive, the better YOUR Coastal Management Program can be!

    September 2019

    The community drop-in sessions are open to everyone, with people welcome to attend at any time between 5pm and 7pm at the following locations:

    • Ulladulla Civic Centre - Tuesday 24 September 2019
    • St George’s Basin Community Centre - Wednesday 25 September 2019
    • Nowra Showground Pavilion - Thursday 26 September 2019
    • Lake Conjola Community Centre - Tuesday 1 October 2019
    • Sussex Inlet Community Centre - Wednesday 2 October 2019
    • Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre - Thursday 3 October 2019

    Key Stakeholder Focus Workshops will be held in addition to the community drop in session. The workshops will involve key stakeholders and are limited in numbers, therefore registration is essential. Find out how to register...

    An online questionnaire will soon be available for those unable to attend a workshop or drop in session or who prefer to provide input in their own time. Individuals can also make a submission.

    The more community responses we receive, the better YOUR Coastal Management Program can be!