Pelican and Blacksmiths: Planning for Future Flood and Coastal Risks

Planning for the future

Over the last year, the community has continued to come together with the help of local volunteers to tackle future flood and coastal risks in Pelican and Blacksmiths. Together we have brainstormed and assessed options, and put forward the best for further investigation and a cost benefit analysis with Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

In 2020, with the report on the feasibility of options and the results of the cost benefit analysis, Council and the Community Working Group will develop a draft Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths. Once prepared, the community will be asked to share their feedback to get it right for our community.

The Project

Living by the coast and lake is a great lifestyle, and it is important that we manage this dynamic environment where sea and lake levels are gradually rising. Decisions we make now can have lasting impacts. New roads, drains and homes built today will still be around in fifty to one hundred years, so we have to plan for the future now.

Sea levels are rising gradually at a rate of around 2.6mm per year in the lake and off the coast of NSW. Based on the best available information it is expected that mean sea level will rise 0.4 metres above 1990 levels by 2050 and 0.9 metres by 2100. This means the rate of sea level rise is expected to accelerate, but it also allows us to have time to plan and prepare now.

Lake Macquarie City Council continues to meet with residents to listen and talk about opportunities for the community to help plan for the future of the area.

Planning for the future

Over the last year, the community has continued to come together with the help of local volunteers to tackle future flood and coastal risks in Pelican and Blacksmiths. Together we have brainstormed and assessed options, and put forward the best for further investigation and a cost benefit analysis with Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

In 2020, with the report on the feasibility of options and the results of the cost benefit analysis, Council and the Community Working Group will develop a draft Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths. Once prepared, the community will be asked to share their feedback to get it right for our community.

The Project

Living by the coast and lake is a great lifestyle, and it is important that we manage this dynamic environment where sea and lake levels are gradually rising. Decisions we make now can have lasting impacts. New roads, drains and homes built today will still be around in fifty to one hundred years, so we have to plan for the future now.

Sea levels are rising gradually at a rate of around 2.6mm per year in the lake and off the coast of NSW. Based on the best available information it is expected that mean sea level will rise 0.4 metres above 1990 levels by 2050 and 0.9 metres by 2100. This means the rate of sea level rise is expected to accelerate, but it also allows us to have time to plan and prepare now.

Lake Macquarie City Council continues to meet with residents to listen and talk about opportunities for the community to help plan for the future of the area.

  • First meeting of the Volunteer Community Planning Group

    about 3 years ago

    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...


    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

    over 3 years ago

    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...

    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

    over 3 years ago

    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 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

    over 3 years ago
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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...

    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

    over 3 years ago

    CLICK TO RSVP or call Council on 4921 0333.

    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...

    CLICK TO RSVP or call Council on 4921 0333.

    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?

    over 3 years ago
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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

    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!

    over 3 years ago
    Pelican small

    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....

    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.

  • Raincheck for free sausage sizzle at Pelican foreshore

    over 3 years ago
    Postponed


    Due to forecast inclement weather, Lake Macquarie City Council has postponed Saturday’s free sausage sizzle at Pelican foreshore.

    The event, which will help local residents and visitors to Pelican and Blacksmiths better understand how sea level rise may affect them, has been rescheduled for Saturday 18 June, at Pelican foreshore.

    Council will make virtual reality technology, such as Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard headsets available to those who attend the sausage sizzle, to demonstrate how sea level rise may affect the Pelican foreshore in the future.

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    Due to forecast inclement weather, Lake Macquarie City Council has postponed Saturday’s free sausage sizzle at Pelican foreshore.

    The event, which will help local residents and visitors to Pelican and Blacksmiths better understand how sea level rise may affect them, has been rescheduled for Saturday 18 June, at Pelican foreshore.

    Council will make virtual reality technology, such as Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard headsets available to those who attend the sausage sizzle, to demonstrate how sea level rise may affect the Pelican foreshore in the future.

    Free sausage sizzle

    When: anytime between 10am-2pm on Saturday 18 June

    Where: Pelican foreshore (Swansea Belmont Surf Club in the case of inclement weather)

    For more information visit www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/futurepelicanblacksmiths or call 4921 0333.





  • Upcoming event - Find out how sea level rise may affect you

    almost 4 years ago
    Postponed

    Join Council staff at Pelican foreshore for a free sausage sizzle any time between 10am - 2pm on Saturday 18 June.

    • Test out our virtual reality headset to see what sea level rise may look like
    • View maps showing the extent of projected future flooding and sea level rise
    • Share your suggestions to help prepare a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths
    If wet weather, the event will take place at the Swansea Belmont Surf Club (Ungala Rd, Blacksmiths).





    Join Council staff at Pelican foreshore for a free sausage sizzle any time between 10am - 2pm on Saturday 18 June.

    • Test out our virtual reality headset to see what sea level rise may look like
    • View maps showing the extent of projected future flooding and sea level rise
    • Share your suggestions to help prepare a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths
    If wet weather, the event will take place at the Swansea Belmont Surf Club (Ungala Rd, Blacksmiths).





  • Insights from 17 March Q&A event - your questions

    almost 4 years ago

    On Thursday 17 March, residents were given the opportunity to engage with Council staff and independent specialists in coastal, channel and flooding hazards, and to explore ways we can plan for future uncertainty.

    The following questions offer some insight into the discussions during the event. We will explore these questions further in upcoming community workshops. As we move forward, we will start to provide answers to your questions from this event and other events on the project website. You can ask us a question at any time.

    How do we develop a Local Adaptation Plan for...

    On Thursday 17 March, residents were given the opportunity to engage with Council staff and independent specialists in coastal, channel and flooding hazards, and to explore ways we can plan for future uncertainty.

    The following questions offer some insight into the discussions during the event. We will explore these questions further in upcoming community workshops. As we move forward, we will start to provide answers to your questions from this event and other events on the project website. You can ask us a question at any time.

    How do we develop a Local Adaptation Plan for Pelican and Blacksmiths? Can we learn from the Marks Point and Belmont South experience?

    How does this adaptation plan address planning for resilience against flooding, and incorporating land use planning under the coastal zone management plan?

    Are there any management models from other coastal communities we can adopt?

    What opportunities for dune nourishment work to protect the beach?

    Low-lying suburban roads and drainage systems – to what extent do blockages contribute to issues? How often does Council respond to drainage service requests?

    Roads need to be raised for evacuation, if necessary. Is the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) on board with resolutions from the Marks Point and Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan?

    Can we incorporate other climate change issues in adaptation planning? For example, increased temperature, warming of lake and ocean; shade, raised building and infrastructure solutions…

    Is the collapse of Milanos a consequence of dredging, sand islands, or channel scour from the entrance training walls?

    Manly Hydraulics monitors three tidal gauges in Lake Macquarie at Belmont, Marmong Point and Swansea. Do flood waters from Dora Creek, Eraring and the Hunter Valley influence lake levels? How?

    Could the water table be lowered by planting paperbark and tea trees? Would this help manage storm water flooding?

    If moving Pelican boat ramp has to happen, are there plans to address erosion issues at the airport?


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