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Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018

Background

Council has prepared a number of documents to identify issues impacting on Newcastle's coastline. Studies were completed in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2014 to provide an understanding of natural processes and hazards along the coastline.
 
Additional studies were prepared in 2003, 2009 and 2014 outlining potential management actions for addressing identified hazards and community use of the coastal area.
 
The Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2016 was adopted by Council on 22 November 2016 and submitted to the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) for certification under the Coastal Protection Act 1979.
 
Council received correspondence from OEH on 22 August 2017 advising the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2016 in its current form could not be certified.
 

Development of Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018

Council adopted the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 (pdf) on 24 July 2018.  The Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 contains two parts and provides the management framework for the Newcastle coastline and includes management actions to address coastal hazards along with recreational  and environmental issues.

The Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 (the Plan) was submitted to the Minister for the Environment on 31 July 2018 for certification.  Council received notification on 15 August 2018 of the certification of the Plan, which was published in the NSW Government Gazette on 24 August 2018.
 

Part A - Stockton

Part A - Stockton of the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 relates to the management of Stockton Beach.  Part A - Stockton includes short to medium term strategies to address coastal hazard issues along the Stockton coastline.  Longer-term management strategies will be identified and analysed under a Coastal Management Program.
 
To assist the development of Part A - Stockton a Stockton Community Liaison Group (CLG) and a Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee (CIAC) have been formed.

Stockton Community Liaison Group

The Stockton CLG has been formed to provide community feedback and participate in discussions during the planning phase of the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 in relation to Stockton Beach.  This process provides an information network between Council and the community to better understand the needs of the public, share local information and provide meaningful discussion around the issues raised in the coastal planning process.  See the Stockton CLG Terms of Reference.

The Stockton CLG members were invited by Council from community members who have previously engaged with Council regarding coastal hazards at Stockton Beach.  The ten members have been invited to participate based on their Stockton community networks, knowledge of local issues and capacity to communicate issues raised by the local community.

The community members of the Stockton CLG are:
  • Barbara Whitcher (Chair)
  • Keith Craig
  • Simon Jones
  • Sean Shotter
  • Kate Johnson
  • Amanda Plumsted
  • Ron Boyd
  • Brian Hunt
  • Andrew Smith - Worimi Land Council
  • Callan Nickerson - Stockton Surf Life Saving Club.
Other members of the Stockton CLG include Council staff from the Assets and Projects and Communications teams.  Ward 1 Councillors and the Lord Mayor are also invited to attend the meetings of the Stockton CLG.

Information provided to the Stockton CLG including meeting agendas and notes, are provided through this portal to all members of the community.

If you would like to contact the Stockton CLG please email:  StocktonCLG@ncc.nsw.gov.au
Stockton Community Liaison Group meeting agendas and notes
Meeting agendas
 Meeting 1 - Agenda - 27 March 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 2 - Agenda - 12 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 3 - Agenda - 26 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 4 - Agenda - 17 May 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 5 - Agenda - 31 May 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 6  - Agenda - 12 June 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 7 - Agenda - 12 July 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 8 - Agenda - 3 August 2018 (pdf)

Meeting notes
 Meeting 1 - Notes - 27 March 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 2 - Notes - 12 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 3 - Notes - 26 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 4 - Notes - 17 May 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 5 - Notes - 31 May 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 6 - Notes - 12 June 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 7 - Notes - 12 July 2018 (pdf)

Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee

The Stockton CIAC has been formed to provide strategic guidance to the development of the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 in relation to Stockton Beach.  The Stockton CIAC comprises members of key State Government and Council stakeholders. 

The Stockton CIAC includes representatives from:
  • City Of Newcastle
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Department of Industry - Lands and Water (Crown Lands)
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • NSW Environment Protection Authority.
Other non-government stakeholders will be invited to attend the Stockton CIAC as required. See the Committee's Terms of Reference.

Information provided to the Stockton CIAC will be provided through this portal to all members of the community.  This includes meeting agendas and notes which will be updated for public access. 
Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee meeting minutes

Meeting Minutes
 Meeting 1 - Minutes - 2 March 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 2 - Minutes - 4 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 3 - Minutes - 11 May 2018 (pdf)  
 
Meeting 4 - Minutes - 18 June 2018 (pdf)

Part B - Coastline South of the Harbour

Part B - Coastline South of the Harbour of the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 relates to the management of the coastal area to the south of the Hunter River.  This includes beaches such a Nobbys, Newcastle and Merewether. 

Coastal Management Program

The Department of Planning and Environment, together with the Office of Environment and Heritage, are developing a new coastal management framework.  The framework will support the implementation of the management objectives of the Coastal Management Act 2016 More information on coastal reforms.

The proposed reforms have recently commenced, and require coastal councils to prepare a Coastal Management Program (CMP). Council's CMP will include management strategies for the entirety of the Newcastle coastline.