Environmental issues


Coastal zone and floodplain management

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) works closely with local councils and communities to reduce threats from flooding and coastal storms and 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 or improve the health of our estuaries.

To achieve this, OEH supports local government through the:

OEH is also the NSW agency responsible for rural floodplain management in western NSW for floodplains designated under Part 8 of the Water Act 1912 (to be replaced by provisions within the Water Management Act 2000).

Coastal, estuary and floodplain management grants

Annual grants for coastal, estuary and floodplain management are approved by the Minister for the Environment who sends a formal letter of offer to each successful council early in the new financial year.

Coastal management grants

The Minister for the Environment announced $1.77 million in grants on 16 July 2013 to protect and enhance the state's coastal environment.

Coastal management grants 2013-14

Estuary management grants

The Minister for the Environment announced $1.94 million in grants on 16 July 2013 to assist local councils to protect and improve the state’s estuaries.

Estuary management grants 2013-14

Flood management grants

On 17 September 2012, $24.35 million funding was announced for 101 local councils and other authorities to undertake priority projects to assess the risks and reduce the impacts of flooding in NSW. A further $1.94 million of funding has been offered for projects activated from the reserve list.

Floodplain management grants 2012-13 A-K

Floodplain management grants 2012-13 L-Z 

Coastal management reforms

The Government has committed to a two-stage coastal reform agenda. Stage one of the reforms is complete.

On 13 November 2014 the Minister announced the stage two reforms. The reforms have three key elements:

  • replacing the current legislation with new coastal management legislation - a proposed new Coastal Management Act
  • new arrangements to better support council decision making, including a decision support framework, a new coastal management manual, and improved technical advice
  • more sustainable arrangements for funding and financing coastal management legislation

Community input to this process will be vital and public consultation will occur in mid 2015

Page last updated: 28 November 2014