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Coastal Planning

Development of Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan

Council has prepared a number of documents to identify issues impacting on Newcastle's coastline. Studies were completed in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2014 to provide an understanding of natural processes and hazards along the coastline.
 
Additional studies were prepared in 2003, 2009 and 2014 outlining potential management actions for addressing identified hazards and community use of the coastal area.
 
The   Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan (pdf) contains the agreed management actions that Council, and other stakeholders, aim to implement over time. The Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan was adopted by Council on 22 November 2016 and submitted to the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) for certification under the Coastal Protection Act 1979.
 
Council received correspondence from OEH on 22 August 2017 advising the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan in its current form could not be certified. Agreement has been reached with OEH that the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan will be split into two parts:  - Stockton, and Coastline South of the Harbour.
 

Coastal Zone Management Plans

Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan - Stockton

Coastal planning for the Stockton coastline will be undertaken in two stages. 

Stage 1 - March - late 2018 

Council is developing a draft Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan - Stockton for certification under the Coastal Protection Act 1979.  The Plan will provide the management framework for the Stockton coastline and will include actions to address coastal hazards along with recreational and environmental issues.
 
Short to medium term strategies to address coastal hazard issues at Stockton will be included within the Plan. Longer-term management strategies will be identified and analysed under Stage 2 (Coastal Management Program).
 
To assist the development of the Plan a Stockton Community Liaison Group and a Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee have been formed.

The timeline for the Plan is as follows:
  • Community Information Session (March 2018)
  • Inter Government Agency established and meetings commenced (March 2018)
  • Community Liaison Group established and meeting commenced (March 2018)
  • Preparation of the Plan to enable public exhibition
  • Councillor Workshop
  • Public Exhibition (21 days)
  • Finalisation of the Plan
  • Council adopts the Plan and endorsement to send to OEH for certification.

Stage 2 - 2018-2021 

The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), together with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), have developed a new coastal management framework. The framework supports the implementation of the management objectives of the Coastal Management Act 2016 More information on coastal reforms.
 
The new coastal management framework commenced on the 3 April 2018 and includes the preparation of Coastal Management Programs (CMP) by coastal councils. Council's CMP will include Stage 2 coastal planning for Stockton and will include long-term management strategies for Newcastle's coastline.

Community Engagement  

A Stockton community information session was held on 7 March 2018. Approximately 250 community members attended the session, along with representatives from Newcastle City Council, the Office of Environment and Heritage, Hunter Water Corporation and Stockton Early Learning Centre operator Mission Australia. At the meeting, Stockton residents were updated on Council and Hunter Water Corporation remediation works at Stockton Beach, and future planning required for coastal management which included the changes to State government legislation.

The erosion problems in Stockton are complex and not easily solved, but all parties are working together to work out how best to manage them using a collaborative approach.

Also at the meeting, the Stockton Community Liaison Group (Stockton CLG) was introduced.

Stockton Community Liaison Group

The Stockton CLG has been formed to provide community feedback and participate in discussions during the planning phase of the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan - Stockton. This process will offer an information network between Council and the community to better understand the needs of the community, share local information and provide meaningful discussion around the issues raised in the coastal planning process.  See the Stockton CLG Terms of Reference.

The Stockton CLG members were invited by Council from community members who have previously engaged with Council regarding coastal erosion at Stockton Beach. The ten members have been invited to participate based on their Stockton community networks, knowledge of local issues and capacity to communicate issues raised by the local community.

The community members of the Stockton CLG 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.
Other members of the Stockton CLG include Council staff from the Infrastructure Planning and Communications teams. Ward 1 Councillors and the Lord Mayor are also invited to attend the meetings of the Stockton CLG.

All information provided to the Stockton CLG including meeting agendas and notes, are provided through this portal to all members of the community.

If you would like to contact the Stockton CLG please email: StocktonCLG@ncc.nsw.gov.au
Stockton Community Liaison Group meeting agendas and notes
Meeting agendas
 Meeting 1 - Agenda - 27 March 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 2 - Agenda - 12 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 3 - Agenda - 26 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 4 - Agenda - 17 May 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 5 - Agenda - 31 May 2018 (pdf)

Meeting notes
 Meeting 1 - Notes - 27 March 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 2 - Notes - 12 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 3 - Notes - 26 April 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 4 - Notes - 17 May 2018 (pdf)

Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee

The Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee has been formed to provide strategic guidance to the development of the Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan - Stockton. The Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee comprises members of key State Government and Council stakeholders. 

The Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee includes representatives from:
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Department of Industry - Lands
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • NSW Environment Protection Authority.
Other non-government stakeholders will be invited to attend the Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee as required. See the Committee's Terms of Reference.

Information provided to the Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee will be provided through this portal to all members of the community. This includes meeting agendas and notes which will be updated for public access. 
Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee meeting agendas and notes
Meeting Minutes
 Meeting 1 - Minutes - 2 March 2018 (pdf)
 Meeting 2 - Minutes - 4 April 2018 (pdf)

Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan - Coastline South of the Harbour

Coastal planning for the Newcastle coastline south of the harbour will be undertaken in two stages. 

Stage 1 - March - late 2018 

Council is currently finalising the previous Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan to create a new plan for the coastline south of the harbour.

Council is developing a draft Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan - Coastline South of the Harbour for certification under the Coastal Protection Act 1979.  The plan has already been placed on public exhibition. 
 
The draft Plan will be developed for certification under the Coastal Protection Act 1979 and will provide the management framework for the Newcastle coastline south of the harbour. 

Stage 2 - 2018-2021

The Department of Planning and Environment, together with the Office of Environment and Heritage, are developing a new coastal management framework. The framework will support the implementation of the management objectives of the Coastal Management Act 2016 More information on coastal reforms.

The proposed reforms have recently commenced, and require coastal councils to prepare a Coastal Management Program (CMP). Council's CMP will include management strategies for the entirety of the Newcastle coastline.