Coastal Management

The NSW State Government recently introduced a series of Coastal Reforms. Amendments to the Coastal Protection Act 1979 have implications for local government in relation to sea level rise planning and around the construction of temporary coastal protection works such as sand bag sea walls. Stage 1 reforms are implemented through the Coastal Protection Amendment Bill 2012. Additionally, the State Government has also resolved to abandon its 2009 NSW Sea Level Rise Policy. Information about that decision is available on the NSW state government environment, climate change, sea level page.

There is still a degree of uncertainty about the full ramifications of the reforms. Coastal councils are currently awaiting more information from the NSW Government which is expected to be released in Stage 2 Reforms due early 2013. For more information on the Stage 1 Reforms please look at the Office of Environment and Heritage website.

In light of the recent legislative reforms, Council has resolved to adopt a new interim sea level rise planning policy and to conduct a review of the Coastal Zone Management Plan. For a full copy of Councils Notice of Motion please look at the minutes from Council's Ordinary Meeting held on the 10th of October 2012 (Pgs 17-18).

Wyong Shire's coast stretches from near Catherine Hill Bay in the north to Crackneck Point.

The council has recently completed a Coastline Management Study and Hazard Assessment that has lead to the development and adoption of the Coastal Zone Management Plan (the plan). Essentially the plan addresses three main aims – expected coastal risks and development approval, what policies council can adopt to reduce future risks, and how Council will manage its own assets (roads, surf clubs, parks etc) in the coastal zone.

Community input and feedback has been welcome throughout the development stage of the project and has been vital to its success and will remain important throughout the implementation phase of the plan.

What’s involved?

The Coastline management Study and Hazard Assessment forms the basis of the Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Wyong Coastline. Specialist coastal process and geotechnical studies define the “Coastal Hazard Planning Zone” for 2050 and 2100 year planning periods. New maps of coastal hazards and hazard zones for Wyong’s coast take into account the NSW Government’s sea level rise policy in response to climate change.

Analysis of information about the full range of coastline management issues, natural and cultural features, environmental impacts and impacts on community safety has been considered.

The plan outlines the preparation of feasible and sustainable management options for the wyong coastline and the evaluation process in determining which options offer the best sustainable opportunities for the coast and the Shire as a whole. The plan provides strategic direction and step by step guidance about key actions to achieve sustainable management for Wyong’s coastline.

How you can participate

The plan was on public exhibition from June 6 until August 26, 2011 to ensure the public had ample time to view this complex document. It was adopted by Council at its ordinary meeting on the 14th of December 2011.

Your experience, observations and feedback have been very important to the project during the exhibition phase. Photos, stories and other information about the coast has helped build a picture of what’s important, and your comments have helped determine the types of management approaches that’ll be acceptable.

To register your interest to receive updates and other information via email or for any other information please contact Council on one of the following;

  1. Email: coastalzone@wyong.nsw.gov.au
  2. Phone: (02) 4350 5555
  3. Fax: (02) 4351 2098
  4. Post: P.O Box 20, Wyong NSW 2259

Council is preparing floodplain risk management plans for each catchment in Wyong Shire to help manage the Shire's flood-prone land, which will help protect residents from flood damages, and minimise the flood risks to future developments. See additional information.

If you have a development issue or application that may be affected by the coastal hazard lines please fill in a doc format Coastal Hazards and Flood enquiry form (54.00 KB).