Coastal Management Program: Southern Coastline

The Coastal Management Program for the Southern Coastline is a long-term strategy to guide Council and other stakeholders in the management of issues and threats to the

  • Coastal areas from Broken Head in the south to Cape Byron in the north.
  • Coastal creeks and lakes including Belongil Creek estuary, Tallow Creek estuary, Ti Tree (Taylor’s) Lake and their wider catchments.

Stage 1: Scoping Study

On 5 August 2021,Council adopted Stage 1 Scoping Study for the southern Byron Shire coastline and the Belongil Creek estuary. The Scoping Study, executive summary and all appendices are provided in the document library of this page. 

The Scoping Study considers community feedback from late 2020 to early 2021.

It provides details about engagement and information from other agencies involved in managing the coastal zone, including:

  • Department of Primary Industry  
  • Fisheries and Marine Parks
  • DPIE Crown Lands
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Stage 2: Risks, vulnerability and opportunities

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. These include:

  • Coastal hazard assessment (funded and in progress).
  • Mapping of an erosion escarpment, a coastal vulnerability area and verification of existing mapping of coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests.
  • Identification of water pollution sources.
  • An audit of the coastal planning framework for Byron Shire.
  • Preliminary mapping of Aboriginal cultural heritage and values in the coastal zone.
  • Ongoing implementation of the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.
  • Activities involving engagement of Aboriginal cultural knowledge holders.

Council is currently seeking State Government grant funding to assist in proceeding with Stage 2 studies.  These will ensure the development of more effective management strategies and actions which will occur in Stage 3.