Coastal planning

Our coastline: Cape Byron to South Golden Beach

Planning for our coastline has started under the NSW Government's new coastal legislation, which involves the preparation of a Coastal Management Program(s) or CMP. 

A CMP is a plan of action for Council to:

  • address coastal hazard risks
  • preserve habitats
  • maintain or improve recreational amenity and resilience

Existing coastal management activities and previous Coastal Zone Management Plans will be revised.

Feedback on stage one scoping study  

Draft CMP Stage 1 Scoping Study for Cape Byron to South Golden Beach(PDF, 12MB) 

The first stage of developing a CMP is a scoping study. The draft CMP Stage 1 Scoping Study for Cape Byron to South Golden Beach was open for feedback until 3 February 2020.  Staff are assessing comments from the public, agencies and key stakeholders and amending the Scoping Study based on this feedback.  A final Scoping Study will then be reported to Council for their consideration.

Focus of the CMP

The CMP primarily focuses on coastal hazards and the two areas of concern on the open coast between Cape Byron and South Golden Beach where property and/or infrastructure are at risk, including Belongil Beach and New Brighton Beach. 

The extent of the Byron Shire CMP study area(PDF, 1MB) reaches from the northern tip of Little Wategos Beach to our northern boundary, immediately to the north of South Golden Beach. It includes the nearshore coastal waters and beaches, and extends landwards to the maximum potential year 2100 coastal erosion lines as developed by Council for the study area in 2013.

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