Coastal Management Working Party established


Shellharbour Council has voted to establish a Coastal Management Working Party to strategically manage the city’s 7km of coastline.

The working party will provide advice, feedback and support to Council in developing, implementing and monitoring the Shellharbour Coastal Zone Management Plan (Shellharbour CZMP) and any future Coastal Management Program.

The working party will comprise community representatives including an Aboriginal representative, Councillors and Council staff. The community positions will be advertised soon.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said careful planning of the city’s coastal zone was required to ensure proper management both now and into the future.

“The establishment of the Coastal Management Working Party will ensure continued community inclusion and engagement in the development, implementing and monitoring of the Shellharbour Coastal Zone Management Plan and any future Coastal Management Program.

“Our beautiful coastline is mostly fringed by urban development, such as car parks, public reserves and housing so balancing these challenges requires proper assessment and management of risks.”

Cr Saliba said extensive stakeholder consultation was undertaken in the preparation of the Shellharbour CZMP and involved the community, key strategic and operational Council staff, Councillors, state government agencies and public utilities.

“The aim of the consultation was to gain insight into the values, uses and threats associated with the Shellharbour coastline to assist development and prioritise suitable management actions,” Cr Saliba said.

“When certified, the long-term implementation of the CZMP will provide a positive social outcome through improved asset management and environmental and recreational planning and management of the Shellharbour coastline.

The Shellharbour CZMP outlines prioritised actions to be implemented along the Shellharbour coastline by Council and state government agencies. The actions will be delivered through a combination of Council and State government funding (where available) and the delivery of the actions may be influenced by the availability of this funding as well as human resources.

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