Drop in sessions for coastal management

The community will be given an opportunity to meet with Council staff to discuss the draft Shellharbour Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) at an information kiosk on Wednesday 25 January.

The Draft CZMP covers the coastline for about seven kilometres and extends from Windang Island in the north to Bass Point in the south including Warilla Beach, Shellharbour North Beach, Nuns Beach, Shellharbour Boat Harbour (between Cowrie Island and the Shellharbour Tourist Park and Shellharbour Reserve headland) and Shellharbour south beach.

The Draft CZMP outlines actions to reduce the risks to beaches, residential development, surf clubs, stormwater outlets and water and sewer infrastructure from coastal hazards.

Coastal hazards include erosion of the beach and dunes, recession of the shoreline, inundation of
coastal barriers by waves during storms and slope instability as a result of rock falls or debris

“The Draft Plan aims to acknowledge and accommodate natural coastal processes, hazards and climate change in the planning and management of the Shellharbour Coastline,” said Mayor Marianne Saliba.

“The plan will prioritise management actions based on public benefit; including cost-effectively achieving the best practical long-term outcomes,” Cr Saliba said.

“We need input from the community to make sure we have identified the most appropriate actions, that they are effective and that they will be supported,” she said.

“This report is the end result of six years of consultation and studies, so we want to make sure it’s right."

The draft CZMP is o public exhibition until the 3 February and Council will be holding an Information Kiosk at the Roo Theatre, Cnr Addison and Wentworth Streets, Shellharbour Village from 5.30pm-8pm on Wednesday 25 January 2017.

Staff will be available to share information about the draft CZMP and the planning process. All interested members of the community are welcome to attend.