Coastal Zone Management Plan for Byron Bay Embayment Draft
On 12 October 2011, the Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker MP, issued Council with the following Direction:
Under the provisions of section 55B of the Coastal Protection Act 1979 (the Act), I direct Byron Shire Council to submit a draft coastal zone management plan in accordance with the requirements under Part 4A of the Act for the coastline that is a beach between the south extremity of the beach within Tyagarah Nature reserve and Cape Byron, including Belongil, Main and Clarkes Beaches, Byron Bay, to the Minister administering the Act by 30 June 2013.
Subsequent to receiving this direction Council has received an extension of twelve months to submit the Coastal Zone Management Plan to the Minister (ie submission date is now June 2014).
In preparation for developing the coastal zone management plan in accordance with the Minister’s Direction, Council have engaged the consultant’s BMT WBM to undertake the Byron Shire Coastline Hazards Assessment Update. The update is being part-funded (50%) by the NSW Government through its Coastal Management Program.
The project will involve updating the existing Byron Shire Coastline Hazard Definition Study, prepared by WBM Oceanics in 2000, with new information and techniques in coastal hazards assessment. It will also reflect any statutory requirements under the Coastal Protection Act 1979 and the Guidelines for Preparing Coastal Zone Management Plans (DECW 2010).
The update is being undertaken in collaboration with Tweed Shire Council, who has also engaged BMT WBM to update their hazards assessment. Both Councils will be sharing the cost of the overview of regional and sub-regional coastal processes, which will not only reduce costs but provide a regional context to the analysis.
The update is expected to be finalised by mid 2013 and will underpin the draft coastal zone management plan for the Byron Bay Embayment.