Coastal management grants 2012-13

Please note: the NSW Government recently announced that it will no longer recommend statewide sea level rise benchmarks for councils. This means that for any funded projects, councils will have the flexibility to consider hazards in the context of their local circumstances.

Byron Shire Council

Coastal zone management Plan for the Byron Bay embayment: update and preparation
Funding: $42,000

The Byron Bay embayment is subject to coastal hazards that threaten development such as beach erosion and shoreline recession. This threat is likely to be exacerbated in the future by climate change impacts. Accordingly, the Minister for the Environment has directed council to submit a coastal zone management plan (CZMP) for the Byron Bay embayment which provides for the management of risks arising from coastal hazards. This project will entail the preparation of the CZMP for the Byron Bay embayment in accordance with the Minister's direction, and with regard to the Coastal Protection Act 1979 and the guidelines for preparing CZMPs. The project outcomes will be achieved by updating the Byron Shire Coastline Management Study (WBM, 2004) with a contemporary cost-benefit and options assessment, and engaging with the community and stakeholders on the relevant management options for consideration. Existing and new information will be contained in a draft CZMP for the Byron Bay embayment for the council's consideration and for public exhibition.

Clarence Valley Council

Beach monitoring using cameras: Wooli Beach
Funding: $3,500

The Coastal Communities Protection Alliance (Wooli) Inc. has raised $19,000 to fund the installation of beach monitoring cameras at Wooli Beach. The cameras will monitor beach and near-shore wave conditions and will improve site-specific data for use in managing the beach. This project will maintain the cameras, report on the data collected and complement proposed beach survey and observation-based monitoring programs.

Whiting Beach erosion processes and management study
Funding: $35,000

Through this project, a process study will be undertaken to determine causes of erosion to Whiting Beach, and a concept plan will be developed to stabilise the beach and prevent ongoing erosion, before it damages public infrastructure.

Review of coastal hazard definition: Pippi Beach, Yamba
Funding: $25,000

Pippi Beach at Yamba is included (in part) in the Yamba Coastline Management Plan 2003. The council will review this management plan (including the section of the plan dealing with Pippi Beach) in 2012–13 and insert details into the operational plan and/or delivery plan when these plans are next reviewed.

Current management is limited as coastal erosion hazards and long-term shoreline recession were not forecast to impact on significant assets in a 100-year timeframe (based on sea level rise (SLR) estimates available at the time). Recent erosion events in early 2011 on Pippi Beach have resulted in sections of the sand dunes, especially at the northern end of the beach, developing high erosion scarps of up to approximately five metres. The council is concerned about this erosion and consequently has resolved to review coastal hazard and coastline management. The proposed timeframe for review of the management plan is consistent with the normal review period for such plans and will ensure the latest SLR estimate is utilised.

Brooms Head revetment wall reconstruction  
Funding: $128,828

A 351-metre rock revetment wall will be reconstructed between the caravan park office and the boat ramp. The current rock revetment wall protects the adjacent public reserve and caravan park from erosion but has a number of voids and is being undermined. Work will involve removing the existing rock, excavation of toe to deeper-in-the-sand profile, placement of geofabric and backfilling of existing rock and importation of futher rock to reconstruct the wall to current best practice. The rock wall is a key part of the Brooms Head Coastline Management Plan.

Eurobodalla Shire Council

Yabbara Beach erosion control and dune restoration works
Funding: $17,500

Access to Yabbara Beach is severely degraded from erosion, and the dunes (including a freshwater wetland on coastal floodplain and Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest's endangered ecological communities) are feeling the impact of weeds, including beach daisy, sea spurge, polygala, wild tobacco, bitou, blackberry and turkey rhubarb. Through this project key environmental actions will be implemented to protect and improve Yabarra Beach and the surrounding dunes located in Dalmeny. The project will undertake on-ground works to address both erosion and weed invasion issues. This project will address both a public safety risk, and improve high conservation value environments.

Gosford City Council

Skillon foreshore stabilisation - Stage one
Funding: $200,000

Terrigal Haven is characterised by a high headland known as Broken Head which has a prominent and steeply rising narrow rocky outcrop known as the 'Skillion'.

The embankment to the left of the Skillion has experienced severe erosion over recent decades as a result of coastal hazards and pedestrian access to the expansive rock platform that separates the primary headland of Broken Head and the Skillion.

The construction of a seawall at this location will not only reduce erosion, it will also allow the reclamation of land that has been lost at the site.

The seawall also provides an opportunity for the establishment of the proposed connection between stage one and two of the Terrigal Haven coastal walk, which will allow safe access for pedestrians between the Skillion and the primary headland.

Initially funding will be provided for preparation of the Review of Environmental Effects and the design phase.

Kempsey Shire Council

Implementation of Strategy 'N' - Killick Creek Estuary Management Plan
Funding: $25,000

Killick Creek is a small coastal estuary located near the popular coastal and surfing village of Crescent Head on the mid north coast of NSW. In the late 1960s the Killick Creek south bank headland was stabilised with rock armouring to protect the foreshore landscape and nearby public assets from coastal processes, wave action and estuarine flooding events. Since initial stabilisation works, wave action and other coastal and climatic processes have significantly degraded the headland foreshore protection works and continue to have a deteriorating influence on their integrity. These processes have eroded and destabilised the rock armouring, threatening public infrastructure, imposing public safety concerns and reducing coastal amenity values.

Lake Illawarra Authority

Lake Illawarra - entrance channel sand movement
Funding: $7,500

Project activities will include reviewing and assessing the aerial photography of the entrance channel area and, over time, mapping/plotting the nature and extent of sand movement and deposition along the channel to the 'drop off'. Other project activities will include determining a sediment budget, assessing management actions and preparing a technical report detailing the findings of the assessment.

Manly Council

Coastal zone management plan for Manly Ocean Beach
Funding: $44,000

Cabbage Tree Bay Management Plan was adopted in 2000 and Manly Ocean Beach Coastline Management Plan and Emergency Action Plan in 2008. The proposal is to revise these two plans and consolidate them into one coastal zone management plan (CZMP), following the new ‘Guidelines for Preparing Coastal Zone Management Plans’ (CZMP). Since the adoption of these two plans, a number of studies relevant to the area have been completed including studies on beach nourishment options, tsunami impact, coastal erosion and inundation risk area identification; and a management plan for an aquatic reserve. Information from these studies will be accommodated in the CZMP. The CZMP will include an emergency action subplan, property risk and response categorisation, options for managing coastal hazards and ecosystem health, an entrance management policy for Manly Lagoon and community use and heritage conservation meaures.The CZMP will address relevant issues from, and with links to, the council’s Community Strategic Plan 2011, Local Environment Plan 2011, State Plan 2010 and other state and regional planning documents.

Nambucca Shire Council

Nambucca Shire beach access improvement program
Funding: $60,000

The project will enable the prioritisation and implementation of all-conditions access to around 30 popular beaches in the Nambucca Shire. Many of the existing access points have been eroded through high water levels and storm events. They are difficult to use, and particularly unsafe for any beach users with physical disabilities. The proposed approach would lead to an overall coastal access management plan being developed prior to undertaking on-ground works. The project will be conducted in two phases:

  1. Engage stakeholders (land holders, reserve trusts, OEH officers and council engineers) and use the draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP) to identify priority beach access points requiring immediate maintenance or improvement based on their present condition, risk and levels of use. Aerial photos of all sections of the coastline will be used to identify all access points, then key versus unnecessary access points will be identified. This process will prioritise the upgrade and formalisation of key tracks and closure/rehabilitation of informal tracks and will use community and stakeholder consultation, as well as explore possible design solutions. A coastal access management plan which sits under the CZMP will be the output for this phase.
  2. Undertake works on the selected improvements or maintenance items in accordance with the coastal access planning study.

Newcastle City Council

Newcastle coastal vegetation management plan
Funding: $15,000

The project involves preparing a coastal vegetation management plan for the Newcastle LGA. The plan will guide the council’s native vegetation management along the coastline for the next ten years. The preparation of the plan is listed as an action in the Newcastle Coastline Management Plan (Umwelt 2003), and will be prepared to complement the public domain planning currently being undertaken for the Newcastle coastline. The coastal vegetation management plan will set ten-year, four-year and annual targets for coastal rehabilitation. The plan will prioritise the areas to be rehabilitated and detail the methods to be used for seed collection and propagation, planting, maintenance and monitoring. The plan will identify any threatened species, populations, ecological communities or their habitats along the coastline, and will recommend appropriate management options. The plan will apply to public land within the immediate coastal zone, which includes coastal dunes, headlands, cliffs and foreshore areas. The plan will be used to guide both council and volunteer rehabilitation works along the coastline.

Coastal cliff stabilisation works at Shortland Esplanade
Funding: $25,000

The project involves the design and implementation of coastal stabilisation works at Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle East. A sandstone rock cut was identified at this location in the draft Newcastle Coastal Zone Hazard Study, and both historic and current rock falls onto Shortland Esplanade have been recorded at this site. The draft study recommends that loose and detached blocks are removed from the rock face and that vegetation growing in the rock defects is poisoned. The project will include the design and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation measures for this hazard, as well as coastal revegetation opportunities across approximately 290 metres of coastline. Funding is limited to the investigation and design stage. The construction stage has been placed on the reserve list for 2012/13, pending the successful completion of the investigation and design stage and subject to the availability of funds.

Pittwater Council

Coastal zone management plan for Pittwater beaches
Funding: $120,000

The project will develop coastal zone management plans in accordance with the requirements of the Coastal Protection Act 1979 for beaches on the open coastline, that is, Palm, Whale, Avalon, Turimetta, Warriewood, Mona Vale, Bungan, and Newport beaches, and Mackerel Beach. These iconic beaches provide regional recreational opportunities for the broader Sydney Metropolitan Area and are international tourist destinations in their own right. Although still featuring significant elements of natural beach systems, these beaches also demonstrate degradation from the ongoing and increasing pressures of coastal development and intensive recreational use. Coastal zone management plans for these beaches should help to ensure the sustainable use and development of their highly valued coastal resources.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Lake Cathie revetment wall investigation and design
Funding: $100,000

The project will complete detailed designs, reports, documents (Environmental Impacts Assessments, tender and contract documents) and gain all necessary approvals for a 400m revetment wall along Lake Cathie Beach, directly opposite Illaroo Road, Lake Cathie. Investigations necessary for the development of these designs will also take place, which will include site surveying, geotechnical and environmental investigations.

Lake Cathie Coffee Rock geotechnical investigation 
Funding: $25,000

The Lake Cathie Coastline Management Plan identified the need to investigate the extent and composition of indurated sands (Coffee Rock) along the length of Lake Cathie Beach, in order to more accurately predict coastal erosion in the study area. This project will involve drilling boreholes along the length of the study area and conducting tests on the targeted strata.

Port Stephens Council

Tanilba Bay foreshore erosion management works: Stage 1
Funding: $230,000

Through this project, the first stage of the Tanilba Bay Foreshore Erosion Management Plan will be implemented by installing an environmentally friendly seawall along an eroded section of Peace Park in Tanilba Bay. This will result in longer-term foreshore stability while providing intertidal habitat.

Rockdale City Council

Lady Robinsons Beach - Review Management Plan
Funding: $50,000

Since the early 1990s, the council in conjunction with Sydney Ports, NSW Maritime, Department of Lands, NSW Public Works and SACL has funded the restoration of works to restore Lady Robinsons Beach, which has been severely affected by erosion from natural processes and man-made structures around Botany Bay. Although 13 groynes and 450,000 cubic metres of sand have been placed along the beach, erosion has continued to occur. This review will involve evaluating the measures installed, assessing sections that have failed, updating past studies and developing a new management plan with short-term, medium-term and long-term strategies to control ongoing beach erosion. This plan will then be used to apply for future grants under the Coastal Management Program.

Shellharbour City Council

Warilla Beach dune and habitat restoration
Funding: $15,000

Warilla Beach is located approximately 10 km south of Wollongong, adjacent to the entrance of Lake Illawarra. The beach is around 1.8 km in length and is backed by residential property. The Shellharbour Coastal Hazard Analysis identifies the northern dune system as being the most vulnerable to long-term erosion and coastal inundation. Continuation of net sand losses from the embayment will reduce sand reserves, increasing the risk of dune erosion and potential inundation and causing breakthrough of the dune.

The hazard analysis, finalised in 2010, recommends improving the condition of the dune system to aid in minimising such impacts. It is essential that the council improve dune vegetation and restricts access to increase dune stability and assist in long-term dune rebuilding. It is also critical that dune stability is maintained to defend against coastal hazards into the future. Rehabilitation of the dune system will also contribute to improving local biodiversity linkages along the length of Warilla Beach.

This project involves continued rehabilitation of dune vegetation to re-instate the dune ecosystem. Previous works have focused on primary and secondary weeding followed by the planting of predominantly herbaceous stabilising plants and scrub or woodland species. This project will incorporate similar works, targeting the eradication of noxious weed species and the planting of coastal heath or forest plants (e.g. Melaleuca spp. Eucalyptus spp. and Acacia spp.), with the aim of increasing longer term dune stability and habitat value.

Elliott Lake: northern foreshore rehabilitation
Funding: $14,325

The northern foreshore of Elliott Lake adjoins the pedestrian bridge linking Warilla and Barrack Point. The area is highly used by pedestrians and recreational user groups with no clear access. Through disturbance from past development and the continued unrestricted use of the foreshore in this location the area has become degraded. Site inspections by the council's risk manager have revealed that the area is currently unsafe for use. Improvement works would include reshaping of the foreshore dune and stabilising the area through appropriate placement of rock, geofabric and the planting of suitable colonising plant species. The dune vegetation along the northern foreshore requires regeneration works to eradicate non-endemic weed species and enhance the native vegetation. Works would incorporate primary and secondary weeding, mulching and planting of suitable local species.

Sutherland Shire Council

Cronulla Park, Cronulla Esplanade and seawall upgrade
Funding: up to $500,000

Cronulla is an area of regional significance, visited by many for its popular beaches and facilities. The Esplanade, which runs along the eastern foreshore of the Cronulla Peninsula, is a favourite walking trail for locals and visitors.

The entire Bate Bay area is exposed to coastal erosion processes and shoreline recession. At Cronulla Park the original 'bleacher' style seawall that protects the esplanade and its buildings, as well as providing safe beach access, is in a serious state of deterioration and has reached the end of its useable life.

The overall project involves the design and construction of a new seawall to meet current best practice engineering and accessibility design standards, along with an upgrade of the esplanade pathway. The essence of the design is to encase the existing seawall to protect its heritage significance, provide extra stability to the new seawall and improve public amenity.

The Coastal Management Program will fund a component of the wall construction.

Warringah Council

Coastal zone management plan for Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach
Funding: $50,000

Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach is located in the Warringah LGA, approximately 18km from the Sydney CBD, on Sydney’s northern beaches. The beach has experienced a long history of storm damage and coastal erosion. Hazards affecting the beach include, beach and stormwater erosion, climate change and coastal inundation. The Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach embayment is characterised by having the most intense and highly capitalised shoreline development in Warringah.

The development along the beach reserves is further characterised as the area third most at risk nationally from coastal processes, ranking only behind Queensland’s Gold Coast and Adelaide’s city beaches. In 2009 the NSW Government identified Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach in a list of coastal erosion ‘hot-spots’ along the NSW coast, and on 24 February 2011 the NSW Minister for the Environment issued a direction to Warringah Council to submit a draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP) for Collaroy-Narrabeen beach.

The principal purpose of the CZMP is to provide a sound basis for management of coastal hazards affecting Collaroy-Narrabeen Beach, adjacent reserves and residential areas.

Page last updated: 11 March 2013