Coastal Management Program

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We're in the early stages of developing a Coastal Management Program including a review of the Coastal Zone Management Plan 2015 and identifying new opportunities to improve the health of our lake, waterways and coastline while maintaining community access and recreation in these areas.

Stage 1: Council has now received comments from the Department of Industry and Environment ((DPIE) on our draft Scoping Study. The final scoping study is expected to be available by mid-December. A link and email notification to key stakeholders will be provided, with a link to the final study provided on this page.

Stage 2: Approval for fast-tracking of the risk assessment component of Stage 2 has been granted. A grant application for works in Stage 2 is currently being assessed by DPIE.

Tasks and studies identified for Stage 2 include:

  • wave overtopping assessment
  • coastal vulnerability mapping
  • Blacksmiths Beach Surf Amenity Assessment Report
  • socio-economic assessment
  • review of ecosystems services benefits
  • surf safety - first pass assessment of key issues
  • Emergency Management Sub-Plan review
  • power station closures - dates and planning confirmation
  • completion of State of the Industry Report
  • foreshore erosion - prioritisation matrix developed and identification of key sites
  • foreshore revetments - clarification of ownership.

A community information session will be arranged to share information obtained during Stage 2 and to discuss further steps as we approach Stage 3 of the program in February 2021.

The below diagram highlights the stages of the Coastal Management Program.



We're in the early stages of developing a Coastal Management Program including a review of the Coastal Zone Management Plan 2015 and identifying new opportunities to improve the health of our lake, waterways and coastline while maintaining community access and recreation in these areas.

Stage 1: Council has now received comments from the Department of Industry and Environment ((DPIE) on our draft Scoping Study. The final scoping study is expected to be available by mid-December. A link and email notification to key stakeholders will be provided, with a link to the final study provided on this page.

Stage 2: Approval for fast-tracking of the risk assessment component of Stage 2 has been granted. A grant application for works in Stage 2 is currently being assessed by DPIE.

Tasks and studies identified for Stage 2 include:

  • wave overtopping assessment
  • coastal vulnerability mapping
  • Blacksmiths Beach Surf Amenity Assessment Report
  • socio-economic assessment
  • review of ecosystems services benefits
  • surf safety - first pass assessment of key issues
  • Emergency Management Sub-Plan review
  • power station closures - dates and planning confirmation
  • completion of State of the Industry Report
  • foreshore erosion - prioritisation matrix developed and identification of key sites
  • foreshore revetments - clarification of ownership.

A community information session will be arranged to share information obtained during Stage 2 and to discuss further steps as we approach Stage 3 of the program in February 2021.

The below diagram highlights the stages of the Coastal Management Program.



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    Has Council taken into account the over development of the entire coast either ocean or lake and the impacts that stormwater from hard surfaces has on our environment?

    harley asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for your interest in the coastal area of Lake Macquarie. In response to your query: 

    • Development along the coastal zone of Lake Macquarie is currently regulated and guided by Council’s Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan. 
    • Stormwater runoff continues to be a key environmental management consideration for Lake Macquarie. Stormwater quality continues to be a major influence on lake water quality, with about 80 per cent of pollutants entering the lake generated from non-point sources, such as urban run‑off. There has been little change to the pressure on stormwater in the City during 2019/2020. This water quality site may also be of interest: https://search.data.gov.au/dataset/ds-dga-851571e7-85b2-48dd-bf38-f0659a9f6b46/details?q=water


    Kind regards,

    The Project Team