The NSW Government requires all coastal councils to prepare a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the coastline within each Local Government Area (LGA). The Coastal Zone Management Plan identifies estimated coastal recession due to storm events and sea level rise, and possible management options that can be undertaken to address areas affected by this. Council engaged consultants WorleyParsons to undertake this work.
The first stage of this was to prepare a Coastline Hazard Definition Study to identify the risk and then a Coastline Management Study was prepared to develop options for the management of the following coastline hazards along the Greater Taree coast:
• Storm erosion.
• Long term recession due to sediment loss and sea level rise.
• Inundation due to wave run-up overtopping the dune system.
The Coastline Hazard Definition Study and Coastline Management Study were placed on public exhibition from October to November 2010 to obtain feedback from the community in relation to the management options and the content of the studies. Submissions were received and collated and the matter reported to Council in February 2011.
Council at its February 2011 Ordinary Meeting adopted a policy stance of Planned Retreat in the absence of the implementation of a property protection management option for any particular area. Council also resolved to formally exhibit the Coastline Management Plan and Emergency Action Plan once Council’s consultants had prepared these.
The Greater Taree Coast Emergency Action Sub-Plan was exhibited in September 2011 to obtain feedback from the community. The submissions received as a result of the exhibition were reported back to Council and the plan forwarded to the NSW Minister for the Environment for endorsement. The Honourable Robyn Parker MP certified the Greater Taree Coast Emergency Action Sub-Plan under the Coastal Protection Act 1979 on the 28 February 2012. As per the Minister for the Environment’s direction and as required under section 55H of the Coastal Protection Act 1979, Council published the Greater Taree Coast Emergency Action Sub-Plan in the NSW Government Gazette on 17 August 2012.
Council commissioned the Old Bar Coastal Protection Structure Design Investigation. The document has been prepared by Royal Haskoning DHV and will be reported to Council in December 2013 to be included as part of the Coastal Zone Management Plan process. The study was commissioned to determine whether there is a suitable structure to protect private and public assets along Old Bar Beach from coastal erosion.
View the study and associated documents from the links below: