Pelican and Blacksmiths: Planning for Future Flood and Coastal Risks

Planning for the future

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.

Join us for two upcoming Let's Talk community forums in May:

Community evacuation plans and safety during natural disasters with SES

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

Understanding the Probabilistic Hazard and Damages Assessment for Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea with Dr David Wainwright

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

No need to RSVP, light refreshments will be provided.

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

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.

Join us for two upcoming Let's Talk community forums in May:

Community evacuation plans and safety during natural disasters with SES

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

Understanding the Probabilistic Hazard and Damages Assessment for Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea with Dr David Wainwright

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

No need to RSVP, light refreshments will be provided.

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.

Ask a question about planning for future flood and coastal risks.

You can also view our Frequently Asked Questions.

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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.

    over 2 years ago

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

    Thank you.

  • 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 over 2 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.