Coastal management program progress

Coastal management programs set a long-term strategy for the coordinated management of the coast, with a focus on achieving the objectives of the Coastal Management Act 2016.

We provide oversight for local councils and other authorities responsible for managing the coastal zone through coastal management programs (CMPs). Local councils prepare a CMP to develop a strategic and integrated course of action for management of the coastal zone in their area.

CMPs identify:

  • coastal management issues
  • actions required to address these issues in a strategic and integrated way
  • how and when those actions are to be implemented
  • costs and proposed cost-sharing arrangements
  • other viable funding mechanisms.

This interactive map shows the progress of coastal management programs.

The different coloured icons on the map indicate a stage is underway or has been completed. The grant icon indicates a coastal and estuary grant has been awarded to the local council for projects in that area.

Stages of existing coastal management programs organised by region.

Councils Stage Description
Ballina 5 Lake Ainsworth is an acidic freshwater coastal dune lake and an important recreational and environmental asset – it is a key visitor destination in the Ballina Shire. The Lake Aimsworth CMP has been completed and certified by the Minister.
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Ballina 2
North Creek is a tributary of the Richmond River. The North Creek CMP aims to understand long-term water quality issues and how to protect and enhance ecological values now and into the future.
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Ballina, Byron Shire, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Rous Country 1 The Richmond River and its catchment, wetlands and waterways supports a rich biodiversity and a range of important ecosystem services. Local councils are working collaboratively to develop the Richmond River CMP.
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Bellingen Shire 2 The Bellingen CMP forms a long-term plan to manage the coastal catchments and waterways of the Bellinger and Kalang rivers in the Bellingen Shire.
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Byron Shire 1 The Byron Shire Southern Coastline CMP sets out a long-term strategic approach to managing coastal hazards and other issues between Cape Byron to Broken Head, including the Belongil estuary and its catchment.
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Byron Shire 2
The Cape Byron to South Golden Beach CMP sets out a long-term strategic approach to managing coast hazards between Little Wategoes Beach to South Golden Beach.
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Clarence Valley 1 The Wooli Coast CMP sets out coordinated and adaptive management actions to address coastal hazards in the Wooli coastline area, excluding the Clarence River.
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Coffs Harbour 4 The Arrawarra, Corindi and Pipe Clay CMP will identify issues impacting the waterways and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Coffs Harbour 4 The Bonville Creek and Pine Creek CMP will identify the issues impacting both waterways and a long term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Coffs Harbour 1 The Moonie, Boambee, Newports and Coffs Creek CMP will identify the issues impacting these waterways and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Coffs Harbour 4 The Willis, Woolgoolga, Darkums and Hearns Lake CMP will identify issues impacting these waterways and develop a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Kempsey Shire 2 The Kempsey Coast CMP sets out coordinated and adaptive management actions to address coastal hazards in the coastline area of the Kempsey Local Government Area, excluding the Macleay River.
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Kempsey Shire 2 The Macleay River Estuary CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Kempsey Shire
2 The Saltwater Lagoon and Creek CMP will identify issues impacting this estuary at South West Rocks. It will also develop a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Nambucca Shire 4 The Nambucca Coastline and Estuaries CMP sets out a long-term, strategic, coordinated and adaptive plan to manage ongoing pressures to the waterways and coastline in the Nambucca Local Government Area.
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Port Macquarie–Hastings 1 The Port Macquarie–Hastings CMP sets out a long-term, strategic, coordinated and adaptive plan to manage ongoing pressures to the waterways and coastline in the Port Macquarie–Hastings Local Government Area.
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Tweed Coast 2 The Tweed Coast CMP includes local estuaries and sets out a long-term, strategic, coordinated and adaptive plan to manage ongoing pressures to the coastal waterways and open coastline in the Tweed Local Government Area.
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Tweed Coast 4 The Tweed River Estuary CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Councils Stage Description
Central Coast 1 The Central Coast CMPs set long-term strategies for coordinated management of the coastal zone of the local government area, spanning from Frazer Beach to Patonga.
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Central Coast 1 The Tuggerah Lakes CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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City of Newcastle, Port Stephens, Maitland City 2 The Hunter Estuary CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values. Newcastle City, Port Stephens and Maitland City councils are working collaboratively to deliver the CMP.
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City of Newcastle 2
The Southern Beaches CMP sets long-term strategies for coordinated management of the coastal zone of the southern section of the local government area.
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City of Newcastle 5 The Stockton CMP sets out coordinated and adaptive management actions to protect the values of Stockton Beach. Stockton CMP is certified by the Minister, but is being updated to include coastal areas north to boundary of this local government area.
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Lake Macquarie City 2 The Lake Macquarie CMP sets out a long-term, strategic, coordinated and adaptive plan to manage ongoing pressures to the lake and the open coastline in the local government area.
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MidCoast 4 The Manning River Estuary and Catchment CMP will identify the issues impacting the river and its catchment area, and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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MidCoast 1 The MidCoast Coastal Lakes CMP will identify the issues impacting the local waterways and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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MidCoast 2 The MidCoast Open Coast CMP sets out coordinated and adaptive management actions to address coastal hazards in the coastline area of the Mid Coast Council Local Government Area.
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MidCoast 3 The Old Bar/Manning Point CMP sets out coordinated and adaptive management actions to address coastal hazards specifically related to the Old Bar/Manning Point area.
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Port Stephens 3 The Port Stephens Open Coast and Estuary CMP sets out a long-term, strategic, coordinated and adaptive plan to manage ongoing pressures to the Port Stephens estuary and its tributaries, as well as the open coastline in the Port Stephens Local Government Area.
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Councils
Stage Description
Cooks River Alliance
2 The Cooks River Catchment CMP will identify issues impacting the waterway and its catchment, and develop a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Georges Riverkeeper
2 The Georges River Estuary CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and develop a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Hornsby Shire, Hawkesbury City, The Hills Shire, Central Coast, Ku-Ring-Gai and Northern Beaches
2
The Hawkesbury River System CMP sets out a long-term strategy for the coordinated management of the coastal zone along the Hawkesbury. Relevant councils are working collaboratively on delivering the CMP.
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Northern Beaches
1 The Northern (Sydney) beaches open coast and lagoon CMPs set out a long-term, strategic, coordinated and adaptive plan to manage ongoing pressures to the waterways and coastline in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area.
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Sutherland Shire
3
The Bate Bay CMP sets out a long-term, strategic, coordinated and adaptive plan to manage ongoing pressures to the coastline in the Sutherland Local Government Area.
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Sydney Coastal Councils Group
1 Greater Sydney Harbour is one of the word’s most iconic waterways. The Greater Sydney Harbour CMP sets out a coordinated and strategic management approach for the Sydney Harbour tidal waterways and their catchments.
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Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick City
1 The Eastern Beaches CMP sets out coordinated and adaptive management actions to address coastal hazards in the coastline area of eastern Sydney, from South Head to Botany Bay.
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Councils Stage Description
Bega 3 The Bega Coastline CMP aims to protect the Shire’s most valuable natural asset – the 101 ocean beaches, 29 estuaries, 121 State Environmental Planning Policy wetlands and 225 kilometres of pristine coastline.
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Bega 3 The Bermagui River CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Bega 3 The Lake Curalo CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Bega 3 The Merimbula and Back Lake CMP will identify the issues impacting both waterways and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Bega 3 The Wallaga Lake CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Eurobodalla 3 The Eurobodalla Coastline CMP will ensure the the Shire’s coast is managed and developed in a way that protects and enhances the natural features and supports ongoing growth.
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Eurobodalla 4
The Moruya, Mummaga and Wagonga CMP identifies management strategies for the estuaries to protect and enhance natural assets and values.
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Eurobodalla 3
The Tuross and Coila Lake CMP identifies management strategies for the estuaries to protect and enhance natural assets and values.
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Kiama 3
The Kiama Beaches CMP sets out coordinated and adaptive management actions to address coastal hazards in the coastline area of the Kiama Local Government Area.
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Shellharbour 1 The Shellharbour CMP will identify the issues impacting the open coastline and provide a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Shellharbour and Wollongong 5 The Lake Illawarra CMP identifies the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values. The Lake Illawarra CMP was collaboratively delivered by Wollongong City and Shoalhaven City councils. The CMP has been certified by the Minister.
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Shoalhaven 2 The Jervis Bay CMP will identify the issues impacting the waterway and shoreline and provide a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Shoalhaven 2 The Lake Conjola CMP identifies the issues impacting the waterway and a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Shoalhaven 2
The Shoalhaven Open Coast CMP will identify the issues impacting the regions coastline and provide a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Shoalhaven 1
The Shoalhaven River CMP will identify the issues impacting the estuary and provide a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Shoalhaven 1
The St Georges Basin, Sussex Inlet, Swan Lake and Berarra Creek CMP will identify the issues impacting the estuaries and provide a long-term, strategic approach to implementing management actions to protect and enhance environmental, recreational, social and economic values.
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Grants awarded to local councils to support planning projects and implementation of works identified in coastal management programs are listed by year on our Coastal and estuary management grants awarded webpage.

Stage Description
1

This stage involves a scoping study which aims to:

  • review progress made in managing issues in coastal areas
  • develop a shared understanding of the current situation
  • identify the focus of the new coastal management program (CMP).
2 Stage 2 involves detailed studies to identify, analyse and evaluate risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities.
3 Stage 3 involves identifying and evaluating management options.
4

Steps in Stage 4 include:

  • prepare the draft CMP undertake public exhibition
  • finalise the CMP
  • submit the CMP to the Minister for certification.
5

Stage 5 involves work to:

  • implement the CMP
  • undertake ongoing monitoring and reporting.
Funding stream: Implementation Funding provided under the implementation stream supports actions identified in certified coastal zone management plans (CZMP) or coastal management programs.
Funding stream: Planning

Funding provided under the planning stream is for projects that aim to:

  • develop a CMP
  • transition a CZMP to a CMP
  • undertake investigations and designs or cost-benefit analyses for infrastructure works recommended in a certified CZMP or CMP.
Funding stream: Estuary management Preparation or implementation of estuary based CZMPs before 2016 under the previous Act.
Funding stream: Coastal management Preparation or implementation of open coast based CZMPs under the previous Act, before 2016.

The Coastal Management and Estuary Management Grant Programs were separate programs in 2015–16. Changes to the legislative and policy framework under the Coastal Management Act 2016 resulted a merging of the 2 programs into the Coastal and Estuary Grant Program after the 2015–16 funding round. From 2016 grant funding was limited to actions in certified coastal zone management plans (CZMPs) or coastal management plans, and from 2016 onwards grants have been categorised as planning or implementation. CZMPs certified under the former Coastal Protection Act 1979 cease to have effect on 31 December 2021.

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Department of Planning and Environment

Coastal and estuary grants


The Coastal and Estuary Grants Program underpins the implementation of the coastal management framework and supports local councils and communities to:

  • prepare CMPs
  • implement actions to better manage the coastal and estuarine environment.

The program requires contributions at a 1:1 or 2:1, NSW Government to local council ratio, depending on the project.

For more information see our Coastal and estuary grants webpage.