Coasts and floodplains

We work with local councils and communities to manage the risks from natural hazards on our coasts and floodplains.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) works closely with local councils and communities to reduce threats from flooding and coastal storms, and to ensure that people in NSW are well informed about these risks and better equipped to adapt to climate change. OEH also works with local councils and communities to maintain and improve the health of our estuaries.

OEH supports local government through:

  • the coastal and estuary grants program supports local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, restoring degraded coastal habitats and improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests.
  • the floodplain management program provides assistance to councils to make informed decisions on managing flood risk.

OEH is also partnering with Department of Primary Industries to develop rural floodplain management plans under the Water Management Act 2000.

Coastal management reforms

The coastal management reforms seek to support the NSW Government's vision for thriving and resilient communities living and working on a healthy coast now and into the future. Coastal communities need a modern, integrated framework that is fit for purpose for our unique environmental, social and economic coastal values.

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Page last updated: 28 November 2017