NSW's first coastal management program certified

The NSW Government has officially certified City of Newcastle’s Coastal Management Program (CMP) for Stockton.

Stockton Beach erosion

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the program, which outlines Council’s long term management plans for the beach, is the first to be certified under the Government’s Coastal Management Act.

“Earlier this year I directed Council to prepare a CMP as an urgent matter of priority given the significant community concern about the ongoing erosion plaguing the area,” Mrs Hancock said.

“I am now pleased to certify Council’s program which was developed in close consultation with the Stockton community, and provides a clear strategy for the long-term management of the coastline.”

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the City of Newcastle was pleased that the collaborative approach taken between City of Newcastle and the NSW Government to prepare the City’s CMP for Stockton has delivered a result that allows for a long term solution to address coastal erosion to begin.

“City of Newcastle is proud to have the first certified CMP along the NSW coastline, and we look forward to continuing to work with the NSW Government to deliver the important actions outlined in the program to help protect Stockton and restore amenity to the beach,” Ms Nelmes said.

“We also warmly welcome the NSW Government’s recent initiative allowing for 2:1 funding which will greatly assist City of Newcastle when applying for crucial grants to deliver upon the actions in the CMP.”

The CMP outlines a plan for mass sand nourishment to return amenity and access to the beach, while also establishing a sand protection buffer between the ocean and public assets. The CMP also acknowledges the longer-term proposal for offshore dredging being considered by the Deputy Premier’s Taskforce.

A certified CMP now allows Council to access 2:1 funding from the Government to implement actions outlined in the program.

The NSW Government is committed to helping councils and their communities to manage the State’s coastline so that we have thriving and resilient communities living and working along the coast, now and into the future.