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Coastal planning in NSW is undertaken through the Coastal Management Act 2016 which commenced on 3 April 2018. Under the Coastal Management Act 2016 local councils are to prepare coastal management programs that outline the long-term strategy for management of the coast in a coordinated manner.

Newcastle Coastal Management Program

City of Newcastle has commenced a coastal management program for the Newcastle open coastline and Hunter River lower estuary.

The NSW Coastal Management Manual outlines that coastal management programs are to be prepared in a five stage process as illustrated right.

For more details on each stage and indicative timelines for the Newcastle CMP download the Newcastle CMP Staging Plan

Stage 1: Identify the Scope of CMP - complete

The scoping study is the first stage of the CMP process and informs the future planning and management of Newcastle’s coastal zone.

The purpose of the scoping study is to:

  • provide an overview of the existing knowledge of coastal processes, coastal hazards and the use of the coastal zone within the Newcastle LGA;
  • provide the strategic context for management of Newcastle’s coastal zone;
  • review the existing management of the coastal area; and identify knowledge gaps within existing studies or management plans and identify the focus of the CMP.

The Newcastle CMP Scoping Study Summary provides an overview of the Newcastle CMP Coastal Zone, summarises the management issues and risks and outlines the next steps for preparing the Newcastle CMP.

The complete Newcastle CMP Scoping Study includes detailed overview of the Newcastle Coastal zone, the strategic context for the CMP and additional data on coastal management issues and risks.

Download the Newcastle CMP Scoping Study Summary (PDF)

Download the Newcastle CMP Scoping Study (PDF 13mb)

Stage 2 - Determine risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities - currently underway

We will be undertaking further studies and collating information and data on areas where there is limited existing information or knowledge gaps in available studies.

Stage 3 - Identify and evaluate options

We will undertake consultation with the community and stakeholders regarding management options and potential actions for inclusion in the CMP

Stage 4 - Prepare, exhibit, finalise, certify and adopt CMP

We will undertake consultation with the community stakeholders to review draft CMP. The CMP is required to be certified by the NSW Government.

Stage 5 - Implement, monitor, evaluate and report

Following adoption implementation, monitoring and reporting will be ongoing in line with the CMP.

Newcastle Coastal Planning Working Group

The Newcastle Coastal Planning Working Group (NCPWG) was established to assist in the preparation of the Newcastle Coastal Management Program.  The NCPWG comprises members from key government and community stakeholders including representatives from:

  • City of Newcastle
  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Department of Industry - Lands and Water (Crown Lands)
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Roads and Maritime Service
  • Port of Newcastle
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Four community representatives selected from an Expression of Interest process.

Other stakeholders will be invited to attend the Newcastle Coastal Planning Working Group as required.

Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018

Prior to the introduction of the Coastal Management Act 2016  local councils prepared coastal plans under the Coastal Protection Act 1979 (now repealed).  These plans were coastal zone management plans.

City of Newcastle's elected Council adopted the  Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 (pdf) (CZMP) on 24 July 2018 and the plan was certified by the Minister for the Environment on 24 August 2018.  The Newcastle CZMP 2018 provides the current management framework for the Newcastle coastline and guides actions and projects to be undertaken by City of Newcastle and other stakeholders.  Management actions relate to coastal hazards along with recreational and environmental issues.