Coastal Management Plan

A Coastal Management Plan

Why Council is preparing a Coastal Zone Management Plan

  • Council, Government and community working together
  • Council decisions affecting our coastline
  • Shoalhaven Coastal Zone Management Plan - stages of development

The draft Coastal Zone Management Plan will help Shoalhaven City Council identify sustainable ways to manage coastal hazards and protect our coastline. It will also reflect the most up-to-date coastal hazard information. Council will continue to review and update the Plan over time.

View draft plan

Council is in the process of updating the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan to take into account recent changes to the coastal hazard assessment following on from changes to the NSW coastal legislation and CZMP preparation guidelines. To view the Coastal Zone Management Plan (updated July 2012) please use the PDF links below:

Appendix List


July 2014: Shoalhaven Coastal Erosion Remediation - Adaptive Work Strategy (PDF, 6.4MB)

June 2014: Shoalhaven Authorised Locations, Coastal Erosion Remedial Options - Collingwood Beach (PDF, 5.5MB)

May 2013: Management of Shoreline Erosion and Beach Access - Callala Bay Design Review (PDF, 5.8MB)

May 2013: Shoalhaven Authorised Locations, Coastal Erosion Remedial Options – Mollymook Beach (PDF, 5MB)

May 2013: Shoalhaven Authorised Locations, Coastal Erosion Remedial Options – Callala Beach (PDF, 4MB)

The Extent of the Shoalhaven Coastline

Click on coastal areas to see an aerial photograph of the site:

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Council, government and community working together

Funded by Shoalhaven City Council, Department of Environment Climate Change and Water (DECCW) and the Commonwealth Natural Disaster Mitigation Program, the Shoalhaven Coastline Zone Management Plan is being jointly prepared by Shoalhaven City Council and the DECCW with much community involvement.

The NSW Coastal Protection Act and NSW Coastal Policy sets out the Plan's requirements. The NSW Coastline Management Manual gives advice on how to prepare the Plan and the recent NSW Sea Level Rise Policy sets parameters for assessing coastal process hazards.

The Coastal Zone Management Plan is a legislative requirement under the NSW Coastal Protection Act 1989 and may be gazetted as a statutory plan which would give its recommendations greater power.

The Plan must:

  1. Show how Shoalhaven City Council and its partners will deliver all the required actions.
  2. Set out how everyone will know that progress is being made.
  3. Take coastal hazards into account in its local land-use planning (such as the LEP).
  4. Show how people and property will be protected from coastal hazards during emergencies caused by major coastal storms.

Council decisions affecting our coastline

The decisions Council makes affect what happens to Shoalhaven's coastline. It is Council's job to:
  1. Explain coastal erosion risks to home-owners and plan new urban development in places that are not at risk from coastal erosion or flooding.
  2. Manage assets, such as sewer and water pipes, roads, steps, stairs, paths, ramps and lookouts that provide access to the beach.
  3. Protect, with local communities, plants and animals living in valuable coastal bushland and wetlands as well as places used by visiting migratory birds.

Council is also responsible for:

  • planning how land is used (Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs) and settlement strategies)
  • assessing developments
  • managing parks and reserves along the ocean foreshore
  • managing recreational safety on beaches
  • providing emergency services during major storms or marine flooding
  • managing vegetation and biodiversity on public land as well as on dunes and headlands
  • other matters, such as fire and waste management, that affect how people enjoy the beauty of the coastline.

Stages in preparing the Shoalhaven Coastal Zone Management Plan

The table below summarises the steps involved in the project, what has been completed so far and what remains to be done.

Action Progress to date
Form a community, council and agency reference committee A coastal zone management committee was established by Council early in the project.
Seek funding Funding partners: Shoalhaven City Council, Department of Environment Climate Change and Water (DECCW) and the Commonwealth Natural Disaster Mitigation Fund.
Prepare coastal hazard studies, Short-term and up to 50 years planning: coastal erosion, flooding and geotechnical issues Consultants SMEC were commissioned by Council in 2004 to provide specialist advice on coastal hazards: " preliminary hazard studies 2004 " detailed hazard studies 2007/2008 " revised hazard studies with new sea level parameters 2009
Prepare studies of coastal zone values such as biodiversity, recreation, scenic views, economic development, social and cultural heritage Coastal communities consulted by Council and its consultants. Draft objectives are included in the draft coastline management study. Community consultation and draft objectives completed in 2008.
Assess risk by evaluating how the coastal hazards will impact on the values of the coast Analysis completed by SMEC and Umwelt in 2008. The analysis was revised to take account of new sea level rise guidance from DECCW (now OEH).
Identify and evaluate potential ways to reduce important risks A draft coastal zone management plan was completed in 2008. Plan currently being reviewed and updated by Council to ensure new and increased risks are properly addressed. The revised draft Coastal Zone Management Plan to be exhibited in mid 2012.
Prepare for implementation including:
  • assign responsibility for actions
  • define work timeframe
  • establish funding
  • prepare detailed designs and costings for on-ground work
  • develop community education
  • develop planning controls
Timeframe and responsibility and some detailed designs (for example, sea wall, reserve landscaping) are included in draft Plan. Detailed implementation schedules are included in the revised Plan.
Monitor and evaluate progress - adjust priorities and responses as necessary Monitoring and maintenance schedules for Council's coastal assets in place. Shoalhaven City Council liaises with SRCMA, OEH, LPI and other agencies to contribute to effective and efficient monitoring of the condition of natural and built coastal assets.

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