Coastal management manual - Toolkit
The coastal management manual toolkit is a compendium of technical information and best practice techniques to assist local councils to develop their coastal management program.
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Provides definitions of terms that are in common use when describing coastal processes and coastal management.
A consultation draft glossary (PDF 238KB) is available.
Community engagement documents
The Office of Local Government has resources to assist councils to engage with the community in each stage of a strategic planning process, including in the development of alternative strategies, identification of preferred solutions, and prioritisation.
Further information on Community Engagement
A Guide for Engaging Communities in Environmental Planning and Decision Making
This Guide for Engaging Communities in Environmental Planning and Decision Making (PDF 484KB) provides advice on engaging communities in environmental planning and decision making.
Local Government and Community Engagement in Australia
This working paper (PDF 2.3MB) was commissioned by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government to provide a national update on what is taking place across the local government sector in relation to community engagement, and identify the ongoing challenges and questions for councils in engaging communities.
Local Government and Community Engagement: Annotated Bibliography
This annotated bibliography of key community engagement resources and guides has been developed in conjunction with the Working Paper 'Local Government and Community Engagement'.
Local Government and Community Governance: A Literature Review
This report on Local Government and Community Governance: A Literature Review summarises the findings of a literature review on community governance from a local government perspective and sets out the theoretical underpinnings.
Community Engagement in Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government in Australia
This report on Community Engagement in Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government in Australia (PDF 2.6MB) considers whether rural-remote and Indigenous local governments in Australia have developed robust community engagement processes.
A tool-kit to assist rural-remote and indigenous local government is published as an online resource.
ACELG has also launched an online database of community engagement resources.
Funding and financing
Using Cost Benefit Analysis to assess coastal management options - a guide for local councils
This draft guideline provides advice to local councils on the use of cost benefit analysis for assessing and evaluating various coastal management actions.
A consultation draft cost-benefit analysis guide (PDF 653KB) is available.
Funding mechanisms to implement coastal management actions: Guidance for local councils
This draft guideline provides advice to local councils on funding mechanisms to implement coastal management actions.
A consultation draft funding mechanisms guide (PDF 533KB) is available.
Decision support tools
Decision Support for Adaptation the Handbook (HCCREMS 2013)
The Climate Change Decision Support for Adaptation Kit provides a variety of resources to assist local councils to determine the appropriate actions for their communities as they relate to planning for climate change adaptation.
The Handbook provides a consistent and transparent decision making process to assist councils identify management options (including long term adaptation pathways) in vulnerable coastal areas.
Prioritising Coastal Adaptation and Development Options for Local Government
The Sydney Coastal Councils Group project provides guidance for decision-makers on the variables that shape responses to climate change.
Coastal and estuary management guidelines and manuals
A guide to managing estuary ecosystems
This draft guidline provides information assist local councils to identify, assess and manage threats to estuary ecosystems.
A consultation draft of the guide (PDF 543KB) is available.
Marine Estate Threat and Risk Assessment
The marine estate threat and risk assessment framework (PDF 1.78MB) and accompanying glossary of terms (PDF 48KB), provides guidance on how to identify and assess threats and their level of risk to the marine estate.
Assessing Estuary Ecosystem Health: Sampling, data analysis and reporting protocols
These protocols on assessing estuary ecosystem health (PDF 1.7MB) provide a standardised approach to estuary ecosystem health monitoring, analysis and reporting in NSW.
Assessing the condition of estuaries and coastal lake ecosystems in NSW
The Assessing the condition of estuaries and coastal lake ecosystems in NSW (PDF 6.9MB) report describes the scientific methodology used to generate the State of the catchments (SOC) 2010 reports on the condition of estuaries in NSW and the pressures influencing their condition.
Coastal Dune Management
This Manual of Coastal Dune Management and Rehabilitation Techniques (PDF 5.7MB) provides information about the rehabilitation and protection of coastal dunes.
Waterwatch Estuary Guide and Waterwatch Estuary Field Manual
This guide to community monitoring of water quality and estuary health (PDF 14.7MB) and the accompanying manual for on-site use in the monitoring of water quality and estuary health (PDF 11.5MB), provide information about community monitoring of water quality and estuary health.
Littoral Rainforest in the New South Wales North Coast, Sydney Basin and South East Corner Bioregions
The OEH Littoral Rainforest site provides information about Littoral Rainforest in the NSW North Coast, Sydney Basin and South East Corner Bioregions.
Independent Public Inquiry into Coastal Lakes: Final Report
The Independent Public Inquiry into Coastal Lakes: Final Report Healthy Rivers Commission of New South Wales (PDF 551KB) outlines the findings of the Healthy Rivers Commission of New South Wales inquiry into coastal lakes.
Coastal Design Guidelines for NSW
The Coastal Design Guidelines for NSW 2003 provide guidance to ensure that future developments and redevelopments are sensitive to the unique natural and urban settings of coastal areas in NSW.
A Guide to Improving the Environmental Value of Seawalls and Seawall-lined Foreshores in Estuaries
This guideline on environmentally friendly seawalls illustrates ways to improve the environmental value of seawalls and seawall-lined foreshores in estuaries.
Saltwater Wetland Rehabilitation Manual
A resource for the rehabilitation and management of saltwater wetlands (PDF 5.8MB) influenced by brackish or saline waters, such as swamp forests, saltmarshes, mangrove forests and seagrass beds.
Coastal Acid Sulfate Soils
The coastal acid sulfate soils page provides information about the management of acid sulfate soils. This includes maps, a manual and guidelines:
NSW Estuary Management Manual 1992
The Estuary Management Manual (PDF 16.7MB) - the appendices of this historic document provide information on estuary processes and management option that remain relevant today.
NSW Coastline Management Manual 1990
The Coastline Management Manual - the appendices of this historic document provide information on coastal processes and management option that remain relevant today.
Engineers Australia guidelines
Engineers Australia has prepared several guidelines to assist in coastal management and planning.
Landslide risk management guidelines
The Australian Geomechanics Society has published a series of guidelines on Landslide Risk Management.
Developing a management strategy for coastal cliff erosion hazards in South Australia 2014
The Coast Protection Board of South Australia has prepared guidelines for developing a management strategy for coastal cliff erosion hazards in South Australia (PDF 2.4MB).
Coastal and estuary data
OEH is responsible for the management of the NSW Coastal Data Network. Manly Hydraulics Laboratory maintains and operates the data network under contract to OEH. The data is used by OEH, Bureau of Meteorology, State Emergency Service and local councils for flood and storm warning and forecasting purposes.
The network is made of estuary and ocean water level recorders, rainfall gauges and offshore waverider buoys that measure waves. The network provides real- time data from various sites located along the NSW Coast.
NSW Ocean Wave Data Collection Program
The wave data presented online by Manly Hydraulics Laboratory has been collected under the NSW Coastal Data Network Program managed by the OEH.
NSW Nearshore Wave Transformation
The NSW Nearshore Wave Transformation site is being developed by Manly Hydraulics Laboratory to allow access to modelling of nearshore wave transformation along the NSW coastline. This Tool uses numerical model results to transform measured and/or forecast offshore wave conditions to provide estimated nearshore wave conditions for the last four days and forecasts for up to three days ahead.
NSW Water Level Data Collection Program
Manly Hydraulics Laboratory collects water level data at over 500 continuously recording stations with additional sites installed for specific studies. The majority of data available online for the public has been collected under the NSW Coastal Data Network Program managed by OEH.
Beachwatch programs provide information on beach water quality and historical data at locations all along the NSW coast.
Estuaries of NSW: Physical characteristics, tidal surveys and hydrographic surveys
The estuary characteristics page provides data about a range of physical characteristics for each estuary in NSW, including their location and size, and provides a listing of available tidal survey reports and hydrographic survey map sheets.
OEH Spatial Data Online Access
The OEH Spatial Online Data Access site allows users to browse maps and data, download spatial data and connect to web services.
Australian Coastal Sediment Compartments
Geosciences Australia has launched the Coastal Sediment Compartments site that provides information on the spatial extent of all sediment compartments on the Australian coast.
Aerial imagery and elevation
Land and Property Information has access to specialised Radar, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data and satellite imagery which depict height information and other features of the coast.
Using SIX Maps you can zoom into any portion of the state and see aerial imagery, property boundaries and streets, and other free online features including imagery coverage and elevation coverage.
The Adapt NSW site provides a variety of resources to help understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change in NSW.
Modelling flooding and inundation
Modelling the Interaction of Catchment Flooding and Oceanic Inundation
This guidance and supporting information provides a basis for establishing water levels at entrances to downstream boundary conditions for flood investigations for coastal waterways. This includes:
The OEH Stormwater site provides a variety of resources to assist local councils and their communities to manage stormwater and its impacts on coastal environments.
NSW Estuary Tidal Inundation Exposure Assessment
This report quantifies current and potential future exposure to tidal inundation in NSW estuaries using a tidal planes method.
NSW Coastal Erosion Exposure Assessment
This report quantifies current and potential future exposure to coastal erosion in NSW.
NSW Open Coast Runup Inundation Study
This report examines the potential for coastal inundation on beaches and dunes on the open coast of NSW and develops a pilot method for first pass inundation assessment.
Review of Coastal Erosion Hazard Studies in NSW: Synthesis Report
This synthesis provides a summary and recommendations from a review of recent coastal hazard studies in NSW.
NSW Regional Coastal Hazard Mapping: Coastal Erosion Vulnerability Areas
This report describes the methods used to define regional-scale coastal erosion hazard zones. It incorporates probabilistic hazard modelling, regional sediment cell concepts and a volumetric response model.
NSW Regional Coastal Hazard Mapping: Sediment Compartments Framework
This report describes the methods used to define and map sediment cells for incorporation in the regional-scale coastal erosion hazard mapping.
NSW Regional Coastal Hazard Mapping: Estuary Tidal Inundation
This report describes the methods used to define the estuary tidal inundation component of the Regional Coastal Hazard Mapping. It uses methods and mapping developed for the NSW Estuary Tidal Inundation Exposure Assessment.
NSW Regional Estuarine Mapping: Risks of Catchment Pressures on Estuary Health
This report provides guidance on the use of catchment based mapping which examines tributary inflows and their potential to impact on the ecological condition of estuaries.
Sea Level Rise - Technical Advice for NSW Coastal Councils
This report provides a synthesis of sea level rise research applicable to NSW to provide input into coastal erosion and inundation risk assessment. Relevance to the Coastal Management Manual: provides source of information for coastal erosion and inundation risk assessment (Part B Stage 2).
Guidelines for coastal hazard and risk assessment
This draft guideline provides information about coastal hazard and risk assessment.
Page last updated: 17 February 2017