Coastal Management Program – Stage 1, Scoping Study

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

  • Public Exhibition of Draft Scoping Study Report - Extended to Tuesday 3 March 2020

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    3 months ago

    Shoalhaven City Council wants to hear from you!

    Council has extended the draft Shoalhaven City-wide Coastal Management Program (CMP) Scoping Study public exhibition period to Tuesday 3 March 2020, to allow extra time for the community to provide input.

    Please provide your feedback by clicking Questionnaire or by emailing your submission to the Coastal Management Team through Submissions - Coastal Management Program - Draft Scoping Study.

    Shoalhaven City Council wants to hear from you!

    Council has extended the draft Shoalhaven City-wide Coastal Management Program (CMP) Scoping Study public exhibition period to Tuesday 3 March 2020, to allow extra time for the community to provide input.

    Please provide your feedback by clicking Questionnaire or by emailing your submission to the Coastal Management Team through Submissions - Coastal Management Program - Draft Scoping Study.

  • Draft Shoalhaven City-wide Scoping Study

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    5 months ago

    This is the full draft including Appendices of the draft City-wide Scoping Study. It includes the RPS Consultation Outcomes Report (Appendix D) which details community sentiment and feedback captured during a series of workshops and information sessions held through the Shoalhaven LGA in September and October 2019.

    Table of Contents - Executive Summary

    Section 1 - Introduction

    Section 2 - Purpose Vision and Management Objectives

    Section 3 - Strategic Context

    Section 4 - Environmental and Physical Context

    Section 5 - Consultation and Engagement

    Section 6 - Key Management Issues and Risk Assessment

    Section 7 - Prioritisation Strategy and Forward Program

    Section 8 & 9 - Conclusions Recommendations References

    Appendix A - Legislative Context

    Appendix B - Environmental and Physical Context

    Appendix C - Agency Stakeholder Consultation

    Appendix D - RPS Consultation Outcomes Report

    Appendix E - Scoping Study Questionnaire

    Appendix F - Stakeholder and Community Engagement Strategy

    Appendix G - First Pass Risk Assessment

    Appendix H - Relevant Existing information

    This is the full draft including Appendices of the draft City-wide Scoping Study. It includes the RPS Consultation Outcomes Report (Appendix D) which details community sentiment and feedback captured during a series of workshops and information sessions held through the Shoalhaven LGA in September and October 2019.

    Table of Contents - Executive Summary

    Section 1 - Introduction

    Section 2 - Purpose Vision and Management Objectives

    Section 3 - Strategic Context

    Section 4 - Environmental and Physical Context

    Section 5 - Consultation and Engagement

    Section 6 - Key Management Issues and Risk Assessment

    Section 7 - Prioritisation Strategy and Forward Program

    Section 8 & 9 - Conclusions Recommendations References

    Appendix A - Legislative Context

    Appendix B - Environmental and Physical Context

    Appendix C - Agency Stakeholder Consultation

    Appendix D - RPS Consultation Outcomes Report

    Appendix E - Scoping Study Questionnaire

    Appendix F - Stakeholder and Community Engagement Strategy

    Appendix G - First Pass Risk Assessment

    Appendix H - Relevant Existing information

  • Our Coast and Estuaries Questionnaire – Summary

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    5 months ago

    Thank you for your input for the future management of Shoalhaven’s coastline and estuaries!

    The results are here for you to view.

    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.


    Thank you for your input for the future management of Shoalhaven’s coastline and estuaries!

    The results are here for you to view.

    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.


  • Our Coast, River and Estuaries Questionnaire

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    8 months ago

    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

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    8 months 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

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    9 months 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!