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 NSW Government is addressing community concerns about coastal management arrangements in NSW by conducting a two-stage coastal reform process.

The Government's approach to coastal reform seeks to balance the need for a long-term and strategic approach to coastal management with the imperative to support local councils and communities grappling with immediate and complex coastal erosion issues.

The NSW Government announced (120908MediaRelCoastMgt.pdf, 109KB) its stage 1 coastal management reforms on 8 September 2012. Stage 1 is now largely complete. Stage 1 focused on providing some regulatory relief for landholders and councils who are dealing with current coastal hazards.

The Government is moving ahead with the stage 2 reforms, which have close links to the planning reforms and local government reviews currently underway. Community input to this process will be vital and consultation on specific proposals will occur later this year.

Page last updated: 08 May 2014