Pelican and Blacksmiths: Planning for Future Flood and Coastal Risks

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Council anticipates that Exhibition of the Local Adaptation Plan will occur around mid-2021, with Council adoption to occur in the second half of the year.

Local adaptation planning assists coastal communities that may be vulnerable to flooding and tidal inundation impacts as sea and lake levels rise. Pelican and Blacksmiths each have future flood and coastal risks unique to these areas.

Planning to adapt communities over time to mitigate future flood risks allows local residents and businesses to assess the risks early, tailor adaptation options to meet local needs and act when and where necessary. We are working together to keep our community safe now and in the future. Decisions we make can have lasting impacts. Many of the new roads, drains and homes built today will likely still be around in 50 to 100 years, so we need to plan for the future now.

Council and the community are working together in a co-design process to develop this local adaption plan. The process has included input from the community via workshops, drop-in sessions, surveys, presentations, a dedicated community working group, members of the community who are involved with the Steering Committee to guide the technical aspects of the process, and a community sub-committee developed to aid in the drafting of the local adaption plan. It is the ongoing relationship between these communities, Council and the wider Lake Macquarie region that will ensure we are resilient to the current and future impacts of flooding and tidal inundation.

This page has online resources that will keep you up to date with the development of this local adaption plan and we encourage you to provide your feedback or ask a question.

Council anticipates that Exhibition of the Local Adaptation Plan will occur around mid-2021, with Council adoption to occur in the second half of the year.

Local adaptation planning assists coastal communities that may be vulnerable to flooding and tidal inundation impacts as sea and lake levels rise. Pelican and Blacksmiths each have future flood and coastal risks unique to these areas.

Planning to adapt communities over time to mitigate future flood risks allows local residents and businesses to assess the risks early, tailor adaptation options to meet local needs and act when and where necessary. We are working together to keep our community safe now and in the future. Decisions we make can have lasting impacts. Many of the new roads, drains and homes built today will likely still be around in 50 to 100 years, so we need to plan for the future now.

Council and the community are working together in a co-design process to develop this local adaption plan. The process has included input from the community via workshops, drop-in sessions, surveys, presentations, a dedicated community working group, members of the community who are involved with the Steering Committee to guide the technical aspects of the process, and a community sub-committee developed to aid in the drafting of the local adaption plan. It is the ongoing relationship between these communities, Council and the wider Lake Macquarie region that will ensure we are resilient to the current and future impacts of flooding and tidal inundation.

This page has online resources that will keep you up to date with the development of this local adaption plan and we encourage you to provide your feedback or ask a question.

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    The team received a request from a local resident to hear from an expert at a future community planning event or Q & A session. Thank you for the suggestion, we will look at this and arrange for an expert to come along and speak with the Pelican and Blacksmiths community shortly.

    almost 5 years ago

    If you have any suggestions or questions for the project team - feel free to add them here.

    Thank you.

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    Why can't you Relocate boat ramp at Pelican to old original site south of existing ramp as a temporary until council decides to fix ramp.

    Buckles asked about 5 years ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your question.

    Council officers have investigated the feasibility of providing temporary boat ramp access along the Pelican foreshore to facilitate lake entry for small boats. This investigation examined the potential to use a temporary boat ramp structure, placed on the site of the old boat ramp, as has been put forward by several local residents. Due to the significant erosion of the foreshore and the fast flowing channel currents experienced at the site, it’s is not considered feasible to deploy a temporary boat ramp structure.

    Additional alternative boat launching facilities are located within close proximity to Pelican including Blacksmiths Channel Reserve Blacksmiths and Belmont South Foreshore Reserve, Paley Street, Belmont South. Two other launching facilities are also located at Thomas Humphreys Reserve, access via Wallarah Street and at Lake Street, Swansea.

    Hope this helps.