Councils are now required to prepare a CMP under the Coastal Management Act 2016, transitioning away from the existing Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). This Act is all about the unified management of the coast across New South Wales (NSW) aiming to keep our coast ecologically sustainable so the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of NSW is maintained.
The CMP covers the entire Shellharbour coastline from Windang island to the southernmost end of Shellharbour South beach. This includes but is not restricted to the following beaches and waterways:
- Warilla Beach
- Shellharbour North Beach
- Elliot Lake
- Nuns Beach
- Shellharbour Boat Harbour and Shell Cove Boat Harbour
- Shellharbour South Beach
Bass Point, Minnamurra Beach (Mystics) and Killalea are under NSW Government ownership, however, the CMP will provide comment on the management of these areas also.
This project is being supported with funding from the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grant Program.
As a part of this first stage, Council will begin engaging with stakeholders to understand and gain insight into the context of current coastal management arrangements and key coastal issues. This information will assist in the preparation of the scoping study which will guide future stages of CMP development. Engagement and input from the community and stakeholders, such as yourselves, is an essential part of the development of a CMP.
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A CMP is a long-term strategy for managing coastal regions. A CMP considers current coastal conditions, as well as historic and potential future events related to population growth, climate change and the environment. CMP’s identify coastal management issues and the actions required to address these issues in a strategic and integrated way. It will also detail how and when those actions will be implemented, the cost, and funding mechanisms.
A CMP is prepared in five stages and Shellharbour City Council has recently commenced Stage 1: Identify the scope of a coastal management program.
The purpose of stage 1 is to identify the local community and stakeholders; determine the context of coastal management of the local area; determine coastal management issues; establish roles and responsibilities; identify knowledge gaps; prepare a preliminary business case and to develop a program for the subsequent four stages of the CMP process.
Stage one of the five stage process is to identify the scope of a CMP which results in a Scoping Study.
In Shellharbour, Council is preparing a single Scoping Study for the open coastline managed by Council.
The Scoping Study will:
·Identify local priority management issues.
·Review the performance of existing management.
·Identify information gaps.
·Identify how consultation and engagement should take place during preparation of a CMP.
Council has engaged a team of coastal specialists to prepare this Scoping Study.
Coastal management programs (CMPs) set the long-term strategy for the coordinated management of the coast, with a focus on achieving the objectives of the Coastal Management Act 2016 (CM Act).
CMPs identify coastal management issues and the actions required to address these issues in a strategic and integrated way.
CMPs detail how and when those actions are to be implemented, their costs, how they will be funded and by whom.
The CM Act (and other relevant legislation) establishes specific roles and responsibilities for relevant Ministers, the NSW Coastal Council, public authorities and local councils, as well as providing opportunities for communities to participate when preparing and implementing a CMP.
Council is currently using the Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 to provide direction for management of the open coast (excluding estuaries).
In 2018, the NSW Coastal Management Act 2016 commenced. Under this new Act coastal councils are required to prepare Coastal Management Programs to replace the old coastal zone management plans and estuary management plans.