Lake Conjola - Coastal Management Program (CMP)

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This page provides information for the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP). Please visit the Shoalhaven Coastal Management Program page for information regarding the broader program.

Shoalhaven City Council is required by state legislation to prepare a (CMP) for the estuaries and sections of the Shoalhaven’s 165km coastal zone. 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 CMP is being prepared for Lake Conjola in accordance with the Coastal Management Act (2016).

A CMP provides the framework and strategy that will be used

This page provides information for the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP). Please visit the Shoalhaven Coastal Management Program page for information regarding the broader program.

Shoalhaven City Council is required by state legislation to prepare a (CMP) for the estuaries and sections of the Shoalhaven’s 165km coastal zone. 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 CMP is being prepared for Lake Conjola in accordance with the Coastal Management Act (2016).

A CMP provides the framework and strategy that will be used to manage our coastlines and estuaries. It will identify coastal management issues and the actions required to address these issues in a strategic and integrated way. The plan will then detail how and when those actions are to be implemented, the costs, and how they will be funded.

There are five stages to developing a CMP, which are outlined in the Coastal Management Manual. Council is up to Stage 2 – Determine Risks, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities.

Background of Lake Conjola CMP

Council’s adopted Citywide CMP Scoping Study (Stage 1) recommended that Lake Conjola required a CMP. Council has applied for and successfully received a grant from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW, formerly DPE) to develop this CMP.

Council has progressed through Stage 2 of the CMP process, where Lake Conjola underwent detailed assessment studies to identify, analyse, and evaluate the risks for the estuary.

Council is currently in Stage 3 of the CMP process. Stage 3 involves the confirmation of strategic direction, identification and evaluation of potential management actions, community and stakeholder engagement and the development of a draft business plan.

Council will soon progress to Stage 4 of the CMP. Stage 4 involves public exhibition of the draft CMP document, incorporating details from the technical studies and stakeholder feedback received from previous consultations completed throughout Stages 1 to 3. The draft CMP encompasses a detailed program that lists the management actions to be implemented over the next 10 years - including a schedule of when those actions will be planned for implementation, their associated costs, how they will be funded, and who will be responsible for their implementation.

Community Engagement

Council will be working closely with the Coastal Committees, State Agency representatives, our local Aboriginal communities and custodians, youth, and the overall Lake Conjola Community as the project progresses.

Community members will have a number of opportunities to provide input into the development of the CMP and to provide feedback on the draft document.

Stay Informed

This page will host all of the key information for the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program and will inform the community of opportunities to get involved along the way. The page will be regularly updated with project updates and will host information regarding links to relevant documents, policies and plans.

Subscribe for updates on this project via the 'Stay Informed' function on this webpage.

  • Lake Conjola CMP Stage 2 and 3 – See how your comments have been considered!

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    Did you provided feedback during Stage 2 and 3 of the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP)? See how your comments have been considered by the project team on the Stage 2 & 3 - Closing the Loop published in the 'Document Library' on this web page.

    Community consultation was completed during Stage 2 and 3 of the CMP to gain feedback from the community to be used in identifying and developing of the potential management actions for the CMP. Council received a number of submissions from the community over both Stages 2 and 3. The Consultation Factsheet outlines how this feedback is being considered through the evaluation of potential management actions in Stage 3 of the CMP.

    The potential management actions identified in Stage 3 will inform the actions adopted in Stage 4 of the CMP. Stage 4 of the CMP will be publicly exhibited for further community input before the Lake Conjola CMP is finalised in mid 2024 through Council adoption and State Government certification.

  • Stage 2 Reports Now Available

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    Council is pleased to share the final Stage 2 Reports for the Lake Conjola CMP.

    The purpose of Stage 2 of the CMP development process is to determine risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities for the CMP study area. Stage 2 is a technical stage that requires gathering the background information, developing a conceptual model, defining the coastal hazards within the area, and modelling and mapping the region to create a risk assessment based on the hazard mapping models. Stage 2 requires the studies identified in the Shoalhaven CMP Scoping Study to be undertaken.

    The following Stage 2 reports are published in the 'Document Library' on this web page:

    CMP Stage 2 - Report A - Environmental, Social & Cultural Assets and Attributes

    CMP Stage 2 - Report B - Threats and Risk Assessment

    CMP Stage 2 - Report C - Entrance Processes and Entrance Management Options

    If you have questions about this report or the CMP development process, you can contact Council via e-mailing the Coastal Management Team – coastal.management@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or by calling Council on 1300 293 111.

  • Lake Conjola CMP Stage 3 - Community Consultation Results

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    Community consultation on the potential management actions developed as part of Stage 3 of the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP) closed on 27 August 2023. Council received 174 survey responses as well as submissions via the online mapping portals and direct e-mail submissions. Thank you to all who provided feedback.

    The potential management actions will now be evaluated through the steps of Stage 3, taking your feedback into consideration, and will inform the actions adopted in Stage 4 of the CMP. Stage 4 of the CMP will be publicly exhibited for further community input before the Lake Conjola CMP is finalised through Council adoption and State Government certification.

    Council will continue to publish updates as this project progresses.

    If you have any questions about the CMP process, please don’t hesitate to contact the Coastal Management Team on coastal.management@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • CMP Stage 3 - Community Consultation Extended

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    Community Consultation Period Extended to 27 August 2023

    The Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP) is now progressing through to Stage 3. In this stage, a list of Potential Management Actions were developed for consideration. These potential management actions have been developed following consultation with both community and government stakeholders, and based on technical studies during Stage 2 of the CMP process.

    We are asking the community to provide feedback and suggestions on the proposed management actions. Feedback from the community will be used to inform the actions adopted. The Draft CMP (Stage 4) will be publicly exhibited for further community input before it is finalised.

    Please provide your feedback by reviewing the Potential Management Actions and completing the Online Survey. Several potential management actions can also be viewed on a map as they are location specific. You can show your support for the mapped actions using the interactive Map-based Feedback Portal. The interactive Map-based Suggestion Portal can be used to provide additional suggestions for potential management actions that will be reviewed by the project team.

    For actions not shown on the map - You can provide your feedback directly via email to the Coastal Management Team – coastal.management@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or by calling Council on 1300 293 111.

    Please provide you feedback by completing the Online Survey by 5pm Sunday, 27 August 2023.

  • Lake Conjola CMP Stage 3 - Have Your Say

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    The Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP) is now progressing through to Stage 3. In this stage, a list of Potential Management Actions were developed for consideration. These potential management actions have been developed following consultation with both community and government stakeholders, and based on technical studies during Stage 2 of the CMP process.

    We are asking the community to provide feedback and suggestions on the proposed management actions. Feedback from the community will be used to inform the actions adopted. The Draft CMP (Stage 4) will be publicly exhibited for further community input before it is finalised.

    Please provide your feedback by reviewing the Potential Management Actions and completing the Online Survey. Several potential management actions can also be viewed on a map as they are location specific. You can show your support for the mapped actions using the interactive Map-based Feedback Portal. The interactive Map-based Suggestion Portal can be used to provide additional suggestions for potential management actions that will be reviewed by the project team.

    For actions not shown on the map - You can provide your feedback directly via email to the Coastal Management Team – coastal.management@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or by calling Council on 1300 293 111.

    Please provide your input by 5 pm, Sunday 13 August 2023.

  • Project Update

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    Council would like to thank the CMP subscribers and the community for providing inputs and contributing to the preparation of our CMPs throughout 2022.

    The Project Team is still busy reviewing and finalising the Stage 2 studies for the Lake Conjola CMP, and Council are optimistic to have them all completed by early 2023.

    In Stage 3 of the CMP, the Project Team will develop potential actions to manage the risks identified during Stage 2 of the CMP. Council anticipates consulting these management actions with the community in the first half of 2023.

    The CMP Project Team is wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We look forward to continue working with the community on the Lake Conjola CMP in 2023.

  • Community Workshops This Week and Interactive Mapping Tool Published

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    As part of Stage 3, Council will be hosting workshops this week on the 5 and 6 April 2022, if you haven’t registered already, please do so here.

    Another way we would like to hear from you is through our Interactive Mapping Tool where you can map your key issues and concerns impacting the study area and provide ideas on how best to manage them.

    Through the interactive map, your input will help shape and inform the development of possible management options that you will be invited to review and comment on in the coming stages.

  • Lake Conjola CMP - Workshop Registration Extended

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    Stage 3 Community Workshops and Information Drop-in session for the Lake Conjol Coastal Management Program (CMP) are being held on 5 April (in Ulladulla) and 6 April 2022 (in Lake Conjola).

    Registrations have been extended to close on Monday, 4 April 2022 - Register Now as places are limited!

    Please note: If workshops reach capacity, you may be asked to attend an additional workshop which will be scheduled if required.

    Information Drop-in sessions will be run immediately following the workshops where community members can discuss the CMP with Council - all are welcome, no registration is required.

    Date: Tuesday, 5 April 2022
    Where: Ulladulla Civic Centre, 81B Princes Hwy, Ulladulla
    Time: Workshop 4:30-6:00pm (registration essential), Information Drop-In Session 6:30-7:30pm (no registration required - all welcome)

    Date: Wednesday, 6 April 2022
    Where: Lake Conjola Community Centre, Lake Conjola Entrance Road, Lake Conjola
    Time: Workshop 4:30-6:00pm (registration essential), Information Drop-In Session 6:30-7:30pm (no registration required - all welcome)

    Please complete the Registration Form to secure your place.

  • CMP Workshops and Drop-in Sessions

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    Stage 3 Community Workshops and Information Drop-in session for the Lake Conjol Coastal Management Program (CMP) are being held on 5 April (in Ulladulla) and 6 April 2022 (in Lake Conjola).

    Registrations close on Monday, 4 April 2022 - Register Now as places are limited!

    Please note: If workshops reach capacity, you may be asked to attend an additional workshop which will be scheduled if required.

    Information Drop-in sessions will be run immediately following the workshops where community members can discuss the CMP with Council - all are welcome, no registration is required.

    Date: Tuesday, 5 April 2022
    Where: Ulladulla Civic Centre, 81B Princes Hwy, Ulladulla
    Time: Workshop 4:30-6:00pm (registration essential), Information Drop-In Session 6:30-7:30pm (no registration required - all welcome)

    Date: Wednesday, 6 April 2022
    Where: Lake Conjola Community Centre, Lake Conjola Entrance Road, Lake Conjola
    Time: Workshop 4:30-6:00pm (registration essential), Information Drop-In Session 6:30-7:30pm (no registration required - all welcome)

    Please complete the Registration Form to secure your place.


  • Project Update

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    The Southern Coastal Management Program Advisory Committee, with the support of Council and Royal Haskoning DHV (RHDHV), refined the Vision and Purpose for the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP).

    It is very important to have a defined Vision and Purpose for the Lake Conjola CMP, as it reinforces the values of the community and establishes the direction for management of Lake Conjola and its surroundings into the future.

    The refined Vision, Purpose and Strategic Objectives for the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program is available for viewing in the 'Document Library' on this web page.

    Stage 2 of the Lake Conjola Coastal Management Program (CMP) is near completion by RHDHV.

    RHDHV are undertaking analysis of water quality data and have developed hydrodynamic, water quality and morpho-dynamic model of Lake Conjola that takes into account coastal (storm, tide and sea level rise) and fluvial (rainfall and catchment based) inundation, including potential water quality considerations.

    Council and RHDHV are developing and modelling a range of measures to manage inundation/flooding and other impacts around Lake Conjola, which include options for management of the entrance to Lake Conjola, as well as other land-based actions that seek to reduce potential risks.

    Council and RHDHV presented the initial findings of Stage 2 investigations and modelling to the Southern Coastal Management Program Advisory Committee meeting on 20 October 2021 to assess initial support for appropriate management actions, before progressing further in their investigations, in collaboration with Council and the NSW Government.

    Stage 3 of the Lake Conjola CMP will continue throughout November 2021 and involves identifying and evaluating potential management actions such as entrance management options and catchment improvements, with consideration of economic, cultural, social, environmental and achievability factors. These progressed options will be presented to the Shoalhaven community for consideration and discussion.

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