Planning for our coastline is underway in line with the NSW Government's coastal management framework. This involves preparing Coastal Management Programs (CMP).
A Coastal Management Program (CMP) is an action plan for Council and other authorities responsible for managing coastal zones to:
The CMP will be a long-term strategy to guide the management of the most popular and visited coastal areas of Byron Shire.
Byron Shire has 35km of open coast and three estuaries bounded by 262 km2 of coastal catchments.
The Shire’s beaches, headlands, estuaries, and catchments have varied environmental, geomorphic, and hydrological processes. The complex array of management issues makes it too difficult to consider one scoping study for the Coastline.
The study area for the Southern Coastline and estuaries includes:
See the project page Coastal Management Program (CMP) Northern Coastline for more information on the northern coastline study area and other project details.
Council adopted the Southern Byron Shire Coastline and Belongil Estuary Scoping Study(PDF, 40MB) in August 2021, informed by community feedback from late 2020 to early 2021.
The scoping study details engagement and information from other agencies involved in managing the coastal zone such as the
An outcome of Stage 1 was the identification of studies and activities required to fill key data gaps and to answer questions relating to priority management issues, including the following.
Council will continue to seek State Government grant funding form the State Government Coast and Estuary Grants Program to assist in completing Stage 2 studies. These will ensure the development of more effective management strategies and actions in Stage 3.
These stages will commence after completion of Stage 2 studies and will include:
How you can be involved
There will be opportunities for community involvement as the CMP is prepared through the stages. As part of Stage 1, Council developed a Community and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy which will guide consultation.
Coastal and Estuary Officer
02 6626 7118