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: The scoping study, prepared as part of stage 1 of the Coastal Management Program is now finalised. Council received approval for fast tracking of the risk assessment and studies with respect to hazard analysis due to previous work completed or underway (wave overtopping analysis required updating).

Section 10 of the scoping study provides detail regarding the actions proposed for stages 2-5 of the Coastal Management Program.

Stage 2: Council has recieved funding from the NSW Government towards completion of stage 2 of the Coastal Management Program.

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 Estuary 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.

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: The scoping study, prepared as part of stage 1 of the Coastal Management Program is now finalised. Council received approval for fast tracking of the risk assessment and studies with respect to hazard analysis due to previous work completed or underway (wave overtopping analysis required updating).

Section 10 of the scoping study provides detail regarding the actions proposed for stages 2-5 of the Coastal Management Program.

Stage 2: Council has recieved funding from the NSW Government towards completion of stage 2 of the Coastal Management Program.

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 Estuary 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.

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



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    It is disappointing that Stage 2 does not include any assessment of industrial pollution particularly from the power station ash dams. can this be included as part of "station closures"?

    Bruce Macfarlane asked 17 days ago

    Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for your question. During the development of management options (Stage 3 of the Coastal Management Program) we will consider the information provided in Stage 2 with respect to power station closures and in consultation with the community and industry, develop suitable measures to address any potential environmental impacts of power station ash dams as they apply to Lake Macquarie’s coastal zone.

    Regards,

    The project team

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    Has council considered the removal of sand from Swansea Channel and the future use of the sand to recoup some of the cost of removing the sand. The sand could also be used to reclaim or replenish the sand lost to storm along nine mile beach. This can be done by pumping the sand to where it is needed.

    Jon Hancock asked 18 days ago

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for your question and interest in this project. Council has previously worked with the NSW Government (who are responsible for dredging in Swansea Channel) to have dredged sand used for beach nourishment and other beneficial purposes, and we will continue to do so to replenish priority locations along 9-Mile Beach. 

    Regards,

    The project team.

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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 4 months 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