07 May 2019

Let’s Talk: Community evacuation plans and safety during natural disasters with the SES

Join local SES and Council representatives for an evening to review community evacuation plans and how to prepare for natural disasters.

Tuesday 7 May, 5.30-7pm
The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea
13 May 2019

Let’s Talk: Understanding the Probabilistic Hazard and Damages Assessment with Dr David Wainwright

Join Dr David Wainwright for an evening to examine the findings of the Probabilistic Hazard and Damages Assessment for Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea.

Monday 13 May, 5.30-7pm
The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea
15 October 2018

Let's talk: Hazards, risks and precincts in adaptation planning

When: Monday 15 October, 3-4.30pm

Where: The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

Join local representatives and Council staff for an
afternoon to talk about approaches to local adaptation planning and learn from the experiences of
our previous plans.


10 October 2018

Let's talk: Understanding the science of climate change with Dr Dennys Angove

When: Wednesday 10 October, 1-2.30pm

Where: The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

Join Dr Dennys Angove for an afternoon to explore the science of climate change.

Topics presented will include the structure of the atmosphere, the natural greenhouse effect, global warming, trends in greenhouse gas concentrations and the enhancement of the greenhouse effect by anthropogenic emissions.

 There will be an opportunity for a Q&A with Dr Angove at the end of the talk.

24 May 2018

2D stormwater modelling seminar

Time: 10am-noon

Location: Council's Administration Building, 126 Main Road Speers Point

Council is holding a seminar on the 2D stormwater modelling project that was undertaken by WMA Water for the suburbs of Pelican and Blacksmiths.

Join us to learn more about the following topics:
- What is 2D modelling?
- Lake flooding and catchment flooding explained
- What were some of the local stormwater issues explored in this project?
- What other ways can this tool be used, think Local Adaptation Planning
- What can Council be doing to record more useful information during the next flood event?
- Reality check; what are the limitations of this modelling approach?
04 April 2018

Community Workshop - Phase C

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Location: Swansea Belmont Surf Club

Come along to hear about the recommended adaption options and explore a new approach to adaptation planning.

01 March 2017

Community Information Session on 2D modelling

Consultants WMA Water will demonstrate how computer modelling is helping us address stormwater flooding in Marks Point and Belmont South. RSVP here
24 November 2016

Ongoing - Meetings of the Volunteer Community Planning Group

Following several meetings of the wider Pelican and Blacksmiths community, it was suggested by the community to form a smaller working group to collaboratively prepare a Local Adaptation Plan for the area with Council and present back to the wider community at key milestones along the way. As of February 2017 the meetings of the small working group, known as the Volunteer Community Planning Group (VCPG), are still underway.
22 November 2016

Complete - Introduction to the Coast Adapt Tool - Community Webinar

Click here for more information
14 September 2016

Complete - Phase B Community Workshop No.3

When: Wednesday 14 September, from 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: Swansea Belmont Surf Club

In this next workshop, we'll reflect on the outcomes of the Council staff workshop and continue to develop a set of "key questions" to later assess the options. We will also discuss the next steps and decide on the best way forward in developing the Local Adaption Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths.
CLICK TO RSVP or call Council on 4921 0333.
23 August 2016

Complete - Phase B Community Workshop No.2 - How do we decide on our options?

Where: Swansea Belmont Surf Club Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm. In this next workshop, we'll begin developing a set of “key questions” that will later be used by Council and the community to assess which of the options suggested to date can be included in the Local Adaptation Plan itself. We will also continue to consider the list of hazard management options suggested by the community and add any new ideas suggested by the community.
- CLICK TO RSVP or call Council on 4921 0333.
11 August 2016

Complete - Phase B Community Workshop No. 1 – What are the options?

Where: Swansea Belmont Surf Club
Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm

We’ve heard your ideas for how to respond to ongoing sea level rise, higher future flood
levels and beach erosion in Pelican and Blacksmiths. At this event, we’ll take a more
detailed look at these ideas, consider where and how they could be implemented and
check if there are other options that have not been suggested to date.

CLICK TO RSVP
04 June 2016

Complete - Find out how sea level rise may affect you

Pelican foreshore, 10am - 2pm.


07 April 2016

Complete - Phase A Community Workshop 3 - What should a Local Adaptation Plan do?

Help develop objectives for a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths. Subsequent community workshops will draw on these objectives to determine the most appropriate means of managing future risks. CLICK TO RSVP
17 March 2016

Complete - Phase A Community Workshop 2 - Q&A on flooding and coastal processes

Attend a Q&A session to learn about the effect of sea level rise on our coast, the Lake Macquarie Coastal Zone Management Plan adopted in 2015, the Lake Macquarie Waterway Flood Risk Management Study and Plan 2012 and how these relate to a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths.
03 March 2016

Complete - Phase A Community Workshop 1 - Planning for the future: An introduction

About 20 residents came along to our introductory workshop and explored the dilemma of future flooding and sea level rise and how Council and the community can plan for the future.
10 February 2016

Complete - Tides, Rains and Drains Tour

Residents and members of the Pelican Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group joined us on a tour on the morning of the February King Tide to see what sea level rise could look like, and to visualise future impacts so we can start preparing for the future.
25 November → 28 November 2015

Complete - Drop-in sessions

Council met with some residents of Pelican and Blacksmiths in late 2015 to listen and talk about opportunities for the community to help plan for the future of the area and prepare a Local Adaptation Plan.

Participants contributed more than 40 ideas about ideas for the future and current issues or observations. Council and the community will draw on this information again in community workshops scheduled for later this year. These comments have been uploaded to an interactive map.