Tuesday 21 July 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking community comment on its Draft Coastal Processes and Hazard Definition Study.
Council’s Environmental Management Officer, Daniel Murphy, said the Shire coastline is the longest of any coastal council in NSW and comprises a wide variety of sandy beaches, rocky headlands, nearshore reefs and estuaries.
“This coastline also has a significant amount of infrastructure, both private and public, in addition to some of our most beautiful and important natural assets,” he said.
“The draft study provides a regional assessment of the key coastal processes that are shaping our coast, the coastal hazards impacting our coastline and details the projected hazard extent arising from these processes.
“The hazards assessed have been integrated into maps which detail hazard extents incorporating coastal erosion and recession, estuary storm tide inundation and wave run-up for the current, 2050 and 2100 planning horizons.
“For most landowners, no action is required other than being aware of the coastal hazards, as the level of risk to life and property is likely to be low, even if their property is designated to be within a coastal hazard zone.”
Mr Murphy said the draft study is the first step in the development of a comprehensive management plan for the Shire’s coastal zone.
“This Coastal Zone Management Plan is a key document that helps guide Council and State Government approaches to managing the coastal zone for the benefit of community access, amenity, recreational use, economic purposes and cultural and environmental heritage.
“The CZMP will clearly define best practice approaches to managing our coastline and will seek community engagement in its development.”
The Coastal Processes and Hazard Definition Study will be on public exhibition until 28 August 2015 and is available from Council libraries and the Have Your Say page on Council’s website. Written submissions should be addressed to The General Manager, Bega Valley Shire Council, PO Box 492, Bega NSW 2550.
Online submission can be made by email via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Council’s Strategic Planning section for more information on 6499 2222.