Pelican and Blacksmiths: Planning for Future Flood and Coastal Risks

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Thank you for all of the tidal inundation and flooding survey responses received. We are now reviewing the information to assist us in developing a combined Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican, Blacksmiths, Swansea and surrounds. Please view the initial survey results engagement summary and the follow-up survey results engagement summary.

The impacts of climate change and tidal inundation are expected to develop gradually over coming decades. We are planning for them now so that when the time comes to act, we have a plan in place to mitigate flooding and tidal inundation risks as much as possible.

We’ve recently completed a feasibility assessment on a number of shortlisted adaptation options determined by the joint Council and Community Working Group.

The following online resources are available to provide more information on the feasibility assessment outcomes and upcoming cost benefit analysis.


Thank you for all of the tidal inundation and flooding survey responses received. We are now reviewing the information to assist us in developing a combined Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican, Blacksmiths, Swansea and surrounds. Please view the initial survey results engagement summary and the follow-up survey results engagement summary.

The impacts of climate change and tidal inundation are expected to develop gradually over coming decades. We are planning for them now so that when the time comes to act, we have a plan in place to mitigate flooding and tidal inundation risks as much as possible.

We’ve recently completed a feasibility assessment on a number of shortlisted adaptation options determined by the joint Council and Community Working Group.

The following online resources are available to provide more information on the feasibility assessment outcomes and upcoming cost benefit analysis.


  • Volunteer Community Planning Group hears from Coastal Experts

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    06 April, 2017
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    In an effort to better understand the hazards a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths will address, the Volunteer Community Planning Group working with Council staff to prepare the Plan requested to hear from experts in coastal dynamics.

    A question and answer session was held in March 2017 with representatives from the NSW State Government agency, the Office of Environment and Heritage.

    Notes recorded during the discussion are now available online.



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  • Video - New flood modelling to help guide planning and adaptation

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    27 March, 2017

    Flood modelling is one tool Council, the community and other stakeholders can use to plan for low-lying places subject to flooding, ineffective drainage and sea level rise over time.

    Flood modelling can be used to simulate the benefits and impacts of different flood mitigation and adaptation options on the community and the environment, such as filling land, raising the floor levels of houses and designing drains differently.

    In March 2017 community representatives from the former Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan working group and the current Pelican and Blacksmiths Local Adaptation Planning working group were invited to attend a presentation on flood modelling recently undertaken for Council.

    Council will use this modelling to help guide planning and local adaptation activities.

    A video of this presentation is now available online:



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  • Blacksmiths resident's dedication recognised

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    22 February, 2017
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    Pelican Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group volunteer, Frank Mieszala was recognised for his hard work and dedication to the Lake Macquarie community at the 2016 Shortland Volunteer Awards in December 2017.

    Frank was nominated for the Environment Volunteer Award for his extensive work on local drainage, flooding and sea level rise issues. Frank is a founding member of the Pelican Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group and makes a significant volunteer contribution to Council’s Local Adaptation Planning projects.

    Strategic Landuse Planner Tom Boyle presents Blacksmiths resident Frank Mieszala with his award at one of the Volunteer Community Planning Group meetings for the Pelican and Blacksmiths Local Adaptation Planning project.

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  • First meeting of the Volunteer Community Planning Group

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    28 November, 2016


    The most recent community workshop to inform the creation of a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths saw the formation of a smaller community working group of 12 individuals. Together with Council staff and help from experts, this group will assess the many options suggested to date by the wider community to manage the risks of ongoing sea level rise, future flooding, evolution of the Swansea Channel and other dynamic coastal hazards.

    The group met with Council staff for the first time on Thursday 24 November. By the end of the night, the group had agreed on a draft work plan to see through the preparation of a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths.

    View the draft work plan here.

    At various points in time, Council and the sub-committee will report back to the wider community and ask for feedback.


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  • Event - Introduction to the Coast Adapt Tool - Community Webinar

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    04 November, 2016

    RSVP online or call Council on 4921 0333.

    The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) has released a draft version of a new tool, CoastAdapt, to help governments and communities plan for changing coastal environments. CoastAdapt provides a wealth of resources that may assist with understanding local hazards and risks, the changing climate, and adaptation planning. You can view it online now at https://coastadapt.com.au/.

    Council staff have arranged for an NCCARF representative to introduce the tool to our community via an interactive public webinar to be held at the Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre, Swansea. Participants will have the opportunity to ask NCCARF questions about the tool. Any feedback you have on the day or shortly afterwards may be used by NCCARF to improve the tool. The tool is available as a resource to assist with the development of the Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths.

    The webinar will be held at the Lake Macquarie Visitor and Information Centre (Swansea Centre and Library, 228/234 Pacific Hwy, Swansea) on Tuesday 22 November between 3.30pm and 5pm.

    Limited places. RSVP essential.



  • Newly formed community working group to help prepare a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths

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    04 November, 2016

    The most recent community workshop to inform the creation of a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths saw the formation of a smaller community working group of 12 individuals. Together with Council staff and help from experts, this group will assess the many options suggested to date by the wider community to manage the risks of ongoing sea level rise, future flooding, evolution of the Swansea Channel and other dynamic coastal hazards. At various points in time, Council and the sub-committee will report back to the wider community and ask for feedback. The group will first meet in late November.



  • First record of community work to date now available

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    02 September, 2016
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    Thank you to all who have attended one or more community events or online activities to help plan for the future of Pelican and Blacksmiths.

    Council is committed to working with the community to develop a Local Adaptation Plan for these areas, to guide future land use decisions and the design and maintenance of infrastructure, in response to the changing environment over time.

    The first snapshot of community work done to date is now available.

    From 1 September, this document will be mailed to persons who have participated in a project workshop and have provided their postal address to the Project Team.

    If you are UNSURE whether you have provided us with your preferred postal address, contact us at planning@lakemac.nsw.gov.au (Subject: Pelican and Blacksmiths).

    If you are SURE you have not provided your preferred postal address or have not participated in any workshops to date and would like to request a printed copy, please provide us with your preferred postal address.

    You may like to keep this document for your records and bring it with you to future project community planning events. The Project Team will update the document as work progresses on preparing the Plan. Council will provide you with updated versions.

    If you feel something you have sent to us previously is missing from this document, you can request we include it in the next version.

    Reminder: Next community workshop Wednesday 14 September, 6 - 8.30pm, Swansea Belmont Surf Club. Click to RSVP or call Council on 4921 0333.

    Click here to access the first snapshot.


  • Phase B Community Workshop No. 2 - Tuesday 23 August

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    15 August, 2016

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    In this next workshop, we'll progress Phase B of preparing a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths, building feedback you gave us at the last workshop (11 August) and throughout the planning process to date.

    The objective of Phase B is to identify a list of potential options that can be used to manage hazards affecting Pelican and Blacksmiths now and into the future. A summary of these hazards can be found in the latest hard copy project newsletter, delivered in late July and available online along with management options suggested by the community to date.

    The objectives of this workshop are to:

    • further consider the list of hazard management options suggested by the community
    • begin developing "criteria" 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.

    A light dinner and refreshments will be provided.


    Comments recorded from the discussion on hazard management options at the workshop 11 August are now in the project document library.

  • Phase B Community Workshop No. 1 - Thursday 11 August - What are the options?

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    03 August, 2016
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    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.

    Date: Thursday 11 August

    Time: 6 - 8:30pm

    Where: Swansea Belmont Surf Club

    RSVP HERE

  • Thank you for getting involved!

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    21 June, 2016
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    Thanks to everyone who braved the wet weather and joined us over the weekend at Blacksmiths Surf Club.

    The event helped local residents and visitors to the area to better understand how sea level rise may affect them by using virtual reality technology, such as Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard headsets!

    The project team reported back on the type of community feedback that has been received to date, and asked attendees to identify additional issues/suggestions, or try their hand at dot democracy so we could learn what potential risk management strategies they like or dislike.