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Coastal Planning

Development of Coastal Zone Management Plan

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 (pdf) contains the agreed management actions that Council, and other stakeholders, aim to implement over time. The Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 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 in its current form could not be certified. Agreement has been reached with OEH that the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan will be split into two plans; a Stockton Coastal Zone Management Plan and Newcastle Southern Beaches Coastal Zone Management Plan.
 

Coastal Zone Management Plans

Stockton Coastal Zone Management Plan

Coastal planning for the Stockton coastline will be undertaken in two stages.
 
Stage 1 - March - late 2018 
 
Council is developing a draft Stockton Coastal Zone Management Plan (SCZMP) for certification under the Coastal Protection Act 1979. The SCZMP will provide the management framework for the Stockton coastline and will include actions to address coastal hazards along with recreational and environmental issues.
 
Short to medium term strategies to address coastal hazard issues at Stockton will be included within the SCZMP. Longer-term management strategies will be identified and analysed under Stage 2.
 
To assist the development of the SCZMP a Stockton Community Liaison Group and a Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee have been formed.

The timeline for the SCZMP is as follows:
  • Community Information Session (March 2018)
  • Inter Government Agency established & meetings commenced (March 2018)
  • Community Liaison Group established & meeting commenced (March 2018)
  • Preparation of draft SCZMP to enable public exhibition
  • Councillor Workshop
  • Public Exhibition (21 days)
  • Finalisation of SCZMP
  • Council adopts SCZMP and endorsement to send to OEH for certification
  • Referral of draft SCZMP to OEH for certification by Minister
  • Review by Coastal Panel (OEH) and certification by Minister for Environment - late 2018.
Stage 2 - 2018-2021
 
The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), together with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), have developed a new coastal management framework. The framework supports the implementation of the management objectives of the Coastal Management Act 2016 More information on coastal reforms.
 
The new coastal management framework commenced on the 3 April 2018 and includes the preparation of Coastal Management Programs (CMP) by coastal councils. Council's CMP will include Stage 2 coastal planning for Stockton and will include long-term management strategies for Newcastle's coastline.

Community Engagement  

A Stockton community information session was held on 7 March 2018. Approximately 250 community members attended the session, along with representatives from Newcastle City Council, the Office of Environment and Heritage, Hunter Water Corporation and Stockton Early Learning Centre operator Mission Australia. At the meeting, Stockton residents were updated on Council and Hunter Water Corporation remediation works at Stockton Beach, and future planning required for coastal management which included the changes to State government legislation.

The erosion problems in Stockton are complex and not easily solved, but all parties are working together to work out how best to manage them using a collaborative approach.

Also at the meeting, the Stockton Community Liaison Group ( Stockton CLG) was introduced.

Stockton Community Liaison Group

The Stockton CLG has been formed to provide community feedback and participate in discussions during the planning phase of the Stockton Coastal Zone Management Plan (SCZMP). This process will offer an information network between Council and the community to better understand the needs of the community, share local information and provide meaningful discussion around the issues raised in the coastal planning process.

The Stockton CLG members were invited by Council from community members who have previously engaged with Council regarding coastal erosion 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 Infrastructure Planning and Communications teams. Ward 1 Councillors and the Lord Mayor are also invited to attend the meetings of the Stockton CLG.

All information provided to the Stockton CLG including meeting agendas and notes, will be provided through this portal to all members of the community.

If you would like to provide a submission, recommendation or comment to the Stockton CLG please email: StocktonCLG@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Stockton Coastal Inter-agency Advisory Committee

The Stockton Coastal Inter-agency Advisory Committee has been formed to provide strategic guidance to the development of the Stockton Coastal Zone Management Plan. The Stockton Coastal Inter-agency Advisory Committee comprises members of key State Government and Council stakeholders.

The Stockton Coastal Inter-agency Advisory Committee includes representatives from
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Department of Industry - Lands
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • NSW Environment Protection Authority
Other non-government stakeholders will be invited to attend the Stockton Coastal Inter-agency Advisory Committee as required.

Information provided to the Stockton Coastal Inter-agency Advisory Committee will be provided through this portal to all members of the community. This will include meeting agendas and notes which will be updated for public access.

Newcastle Southern Beaches Coastal Zone Management Plan

Coastal planning for the Newcastle coastline south of the Hunter River will be undertaken in two stages
 
Stage 1 - March - late 2018 
 
Council is currently revising the previous Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan to create a new plan for the coastline south of the Hunter River.

Council is developing a draft Newcastle Southern Beaches Coastal Zone Management Plan (NSBCZMP) for certification under the Coastal Protection Act 1979.
 
The NSBCZMP will be developed for certification under the Coastal Protection Act 1979 and will provide the management framework for the Newcastle coastline south of the Hunter River.
 
Stage 2 - 2018-2021
 
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 not yet commenced, but require coastal councils to prepare a Coastal Management Program (CMP). Council's CMP will include management strategies for the entirety of the Newcastle coastline.