Newcastle Coastal Management Program
A new coastal management framework was established by the NSW Government on 3 April 2018 with the introduction of the Coastal Management Act 2018. Under the new framework local councils are to prepare coastal management programs that outline the long term strategy for management of the coast in a coordinated manner.
The NSW Coastal Management Manual
outlines that coastal management programs are to be prepared in a five stage process (see image below).
City of Newcastle has commenced stage 1 of a coastal management program for the open coastline and Hunter River lower estuary
(pdf). The stage 1 scoping study is currently in draft and being reviewed by the Office of Environment and Heritage.
Newcastle Coastal Planning Working Group
The Newcastle Coastal Planning Working Group (NCPWG) was formed 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
- Office of Environment and Heritage
- 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.
Development of Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018
Prior to the introduction of the Coastal Management Act 2018
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(now repealed).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) on 24 July 2018 and the plan was certified by the Minister for the Environment on 24 August 2018. The Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 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.
A link to a webpage currently under development will be provided when available. This will provide information on projects from the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018.
Stockton Community Liaison Group
The Stockton Community Liaison Group (SCLG) was formed during the preparation of the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan 2018 to provide community feedback and participate in discussions regarding various coastal issues in the Stockton community. The SCLG provides an information network between City of Newcastle and the Stockton community to better understand the needs of the public, share local information and provide meaningful feedback. The community members of the SCLG are:
- Barbara Whitcher (Chair)
- Keith Craig
- Simon Jones
- Sean Shotter
- Kate Johnson
- Amanda Plumsted
- Ron Boyd
- Brian Hunt
- Andrew Smith - Worimi Land Council
- Callan Nickerson - Stockton Surf Life Saving Club.
The SCLG also includes City of Newcastle staff from the Assets and Projects team and the Major Events and Corporate Affairs team. Ward 1 Councillors and the Lord Mayor are also invited to attend the meetings.
The SCLG is continuing to meet during the preparation of the Newcastle Coastal Management Program. If you would like to contact the SCLG please email StocktonCLG@ncc.nsw.gov.au