Lower Shoalhaven River - Coastal Management Program

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This page provides information for the Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary Coastal Management Programs (CMPs). Please visit the Shoalhaven Coastal Management Program Get Involved page for information regarding Council’s broader CMP program.

With 165kms of breathtaking coastline in the Shoalhaven LGA, Council understands the immense environmental, social, cultural, and economic value that this coastline provides for our community.

Shoalhaven City Council is currently developing Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) across the Shoalhaven to plan for the future of our coastline and estuaries, in accordance with the Coastal Management Act (2016). It considers historic events, current conditions, and future trends including population growth, environmental conditions, and climate change. CMP’s identify coastal management issues and the actions required to address these issues in a strategic and integrated way. It will also detail how and when those actions are to be implemented, their costs, and funding mechanisms.

There are five stages to developing a CMP, which are outlined in the Coastal Management Manual.

Lower Shoalhaven River Background

Council’s adopted Citywide CMP Scoping Study (August 2020) (Stage 1) recommended that the Lower Shoalhaven River required a CMP. Council has applied for and successfully received a grant from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to develop this CMPs.

Council is now progressing to Stage 2 of the CMP process, where the Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary will undergo detailed assessment studies that will identify, analyse, and evaluate the risks for the estuaries. Throughout Stage 3 of the CMP process, concerns and issues will be considered for the Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary local area. Stage 3 includes the confirmation of strategic direction, identifying and evaluating potential management actions, further community and stakeholder engagement and the development of a draft business plan.

Community Engagement

Council will be working closely with its Coastal Management Advisory Committees, State Agency representatives, our local Aboriginal Communities and Custodians, youth, and the overall Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary community as the project progresses.

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

Stay Informed

To receive updates and follow the progress of this project, we encourage you to subscribe via the 'Stay Informed' function on this web page.

This page provides information for the Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary Coastal Management Programs (CMPs). Please visit the Shoalhaven Coastal Management Program Get Involved page for information regarding Council’s broader CMP program.

With 165kms of breathtaking coastline in the Shoalhaven LGA, Council understands the immense environmental, social, cultural, and economic value that this coastline provides for our community.

Shoalhaven City Council is currently developing Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) across the Shoalhaven to plan for the future of our coastline and estuaries, in accordance with the Coastal Management Act (2016). It considers historic events, current conditions, and future trends including population growth, environmental conditions, and climate change. CMP’s identify coastal management issues and the actions required to address these issues in a strategic and integrated way. It will also detail how and when those actions are to be implemented, their costs, and funding mechanisms.

There are five stages to developing a CMP, which are outlined in the Coastal Management Manual.

Lower Shoalhaven River Background

Council’s adopted Citywide CMP Scoping Study (August 2020) (Stage 1) recommended that the Lower Shoalhaven River required a CMP. Council has applied for and successfully received a grant from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to develop this CMPs.

Council is now progressing to Stage 2 of the CMP process, where the Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary will undergo detailed assessment studies that will identify, analyse, and evaluate the risks for the estuaries. Throughout Stage 3 of the CMP process, concerns and issues will be considered for the Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary local area. Stage 3 includes the confirmation of strategic direction, identifying and evaluating potential management actions, further community and stakeholder engagement and the development of a draft business plan.

Community Engagement

Council will be working closely with its Coastal Management Advisory Committees, State Agency representatives, our local Aboriginal Communities and Custodians, youth, and the overall Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary community as the project progresses.

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

Stay Informed

To receive updates and follow the progress of this project, we encourage you to subscribe via the 'Stay Informed' function on this web page.

  • New Interactive Mapping Tool

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    As part of Stage 2, Council would like to hear from the community about key issues and concerns impacting these areas and to obtain ideas on how best to manage them.

    One of the ways that you can provide your insight is to visit the Interactive Map, published on this web page, and use the categorised marker pins provided to comment on:

    • issues, problems or concerns that you are aware of in the Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary area
    • ideas you have that could address the issue.

    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.

    Please note: To participate in this activity, you will be asked to provide your email and create a user name. Your email will not be visible. Your user name will be visible to other participants. If you are not comfortable using your given names, you can choose a user name that protects your identity, such as "Anonymous". Please note, all comments will be reported anonymously. In this report we may include direct quotes, and this will also be done anonymously. We may also want to include in the report any image/s you post to the map. If so, we will contact you via email for permission.

  • River Waterway User Survey Closed

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    The Lower Shoalhaven River Waterway user survey is now closed - thank you to the 350+ respondents!

    This survey was open throughout February 2022 as part of engagement with recreational and commercial waterway users, boating clubs and businesses to provide us with an understanding of current and future utilisation at the Lower Shoalhaven River and any constraints to its utilisation. The results from the survey will inform the development of the Lower Shoalhaven River Estuary Coastal Management Program (CMP).

    Opportunities for Further Input

    Council will be seeking further input from the community in Stage 3 of the CMP later in 2022 to discuss options to improve waterway usage and address some of the issues identified in Stage 2.

    The community will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations in the draft CMP during a public exhibition period in Stage 4 of the CMP (early 2023).

    If you have any questions or comments for the project team, please contact Council via our “Questions” tab, or by contacting Council’s Coastal Coordinator:

    Nigel Smith
    Phone: 0437 761 473
    Email: nigel.smith@sholhaven.nsw.gov.au

    View the project's upcoming stages

  • Have Your Say on Boating Facilities

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    A study on the boating facilities within the Lower Shoalhaven River is being undertaken as part of Stage 2 of the Coastal Management Program (CMP).

    The study will assess a variety of issues, including:

    • whether there is sufficient capacity for vessels
    • a need to improve existing facilities
    • an ability to reduce conflict between water users
    • opportunities to reduce the impact of boating on the surrounding environment.

    Community Survey

    As part of this study, Shoalhaven City Council is seeking input from the community. You are invited to complete the Online Survey by Sunday, 27 February 2022.

    If you have any questions, or would like a hardcopy of the survey, please contact Council's Coastal Management Program Coordinator, Nigel Smith - email nigel.smith@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or phone 0437 761 473.

  • Project Update - CMP Stage 2

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    In November 2021, Council commissioned the consultancy team of Rhelm to undertake Stages 2 to 4 of this Coastal Management Program (CMP).

    It is anticipated that it will take approximately 14 months to progress through Stages 2 to 4. The development of the program will include extensive engagement with the local community, business owners, community groups, indigenous groups, and relevant government agencies.

    What happens in Stage 2?

    The project is now commencing Stage 2. The purpose of this stage is to understand the issues that affect the environmental, social, cultural, and economic values of the Lower Shoalhaven River. Stage 2 will consider historical events, current conditions, and future trends (including population growth, and climate change).

    Stage 2 will define the coastal hazards within the area, modelling and mapping of the region and create a risk assessment based on the hazard mapping models. This will help 'complete the picture' of the various kinds of hazards that affect our coastline and estuaries.

    This stage will take place from late 2021 through to late 2022. The next stage, Stage 3, will then develop potential management actions that can address key risks, and preserve what we love about the Lower Shoalhaven River.

    How can I be involved?

    We’d like anybody who is interested in, values, or lives near the coast to have a say in its management.

    Council has developed this Get Involved page for the project, which will provide relevant information on the CMP, regular progress updates, and provide a number of ways for the community to have their say. Please forward any questions you have on this project through the 'Questions' tab on this Get Involved web page.

    Council is excited to work alongside a highly experienced and professional team at Rhelm to develop this CMP. Council will be working closely with the North Coastal Management Program Advisory Committee and the wider community as the project progresses.

  • Coastal Management Programs - Development Process

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    Shoalhaven City Council is preparing Coastal Management Programs that aim to protect and preserve the future of the Shoalhaven’s coastline and estuaries.

    Take a look at the Coastal Management Program Brochure (CMP) published in the ‘Document Library’ outlining the process of developing a CMP.

  • Open Tender

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    To carry out Stages 2 – 4 of the Coastal Management Program for the Lower Shoalhaven River, Council is seeking a suitably qualified consultant. Public request for tender has been advertised on Tenderlink and on Council's Current Tenders website.

    The tender process closes at 10am, 9 September 2021.

  • Project Updates Coming Soon!

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    Project updates will be provided in the News Feed as the project progresses.

    Subscribe for updates via the Stay Informed function on the project page to be notified each time there is a project update.

Page last updated: 07 Aug 2022, 08:40 PM