At 165 kilometres, the coastline of Shoalhaven City Council is the longest of any local government area in NSW.
The coast is very diverse in its character, with major estuaries, many coastal lakes, long wild beaches and small pocket beaches, extensive coastal dune systems, towering sandstone headlands and rugged bluffs.
Shoalhaven City Council has important coastal management responsibilities, including land use planning, emergency response, safe access and recreation facilities, tourism, habitat and biodiversity protection and heritage protection, for the section of coast extending from Shoalhaven Heads to North Durras.
The development of the Shoalhaven Coastal Zone Management Plan (SCZMP) will help prepare Council and the Shoalhaven community to better adapt to the challenges of uncertainty about environmental variability and climate change, as well as the changes that accompany population growth. The plan is prepared under the guidance of the Coastal Management Committee and in accordance with the NSW Government policy directions (new window).
The Plan focuses on understanding and reducing risk, i.e. the likelihood and consequences of coastal hazard impact on biodiversity, homes, infrastructure and recreation facilities. Risk management requires an adaptive approach, structured to deal with uncertainty, change and evolving scientific knowledge. Implementation of the SCZMP will be monitored, reviewed and adapted as new information becomes available.
More information is provided through the Shoalhaven Coastal Zone Management Plan website (new window). This site also provides information on the Shoalhaven Coastal Hazard Studies.