One of the key actions identified in the Draft Wollongong Coastal Zone Management Plan was preparation of a Dune Management Strategy.
Council engaged consultants GHD in November 2012 to prepare the draft Wollongong Dune Management Strategy for the Patrolled Areas Swimming Areas of 17 Beaches (Strategy). The draft Strategy aimed to identify options for the high use recreational areas of the 17 patrolled beaches to address safety and recreational amenity issues, whilst considering biodiversity values and the role of dunes in coastal processes. The draft Strategy was informed by collation of background data, as well as fieldwork and analysis, and consultation with the community and key stakeholders.
The draft Strategy was placed on public exhibition from 17 June to 14 July 2013. The 63 submissions received were considered as part of the Submissions in Reply Report. The changes recommended in the Submissions in Reply Report, along with a Dune Management Implementation Plan were endorsed by Council at its meeting on 26 August 2013.
The final Strategy incorporating the recommended changed was adopted by Council on 24 March 2014.
You'll find the Dune Management Strategy documents on the right of this page.
Dune Management Implementation Plan
The Dune Management Implementation Plan was prepared taking into account the outcomes from the submissions, available budget, severity of issues, Multi Criteria Analysis output from the draft Strategy and current coastal hazards risks. The Plan is divided into options that are relevant to dune management along the entire coastline, the management areas of the 17 patrolled beaches and beach specific options.
The Implementation Plan will continue to be reviewed through Council’s annual business planning process. For more on our vegetation management works, visit the Dune Vegetation Management Program at Patrolled Beaches page.
Progress since 2013
The following beach specific options are underway or completed:
An Entrance Management Study and Plan for Whartons Creek was adopted by Council in April 2016. The Management Plan outlines the management approach to reduce the likelihood of creek migration to the north along Bulli Beach, which in the past has caused erosion of the vegetated dunes, damage to beach access ways and impacts on beach amenity. The preparation of this plan was assisted by the NSW Government’s Coastal Management Program.
A geotechnical assessment of the old Bulli seawall for protection against coastal hazards was undertaken. Two sections of the wall were exposed using an excavator and sand vacuum machine and a geotechnical engineer assessed the condition. The investigation found the seawall is of a construction level that would fall well short of the current standards for a primary seawall. Hence, the old seawall will not provide adequate protection from storm events, and could expose the SLSC structure to overtopping and possibly undermining.
Removal of vegetation from frontal zone and reshaping was undertaken in June 2014. The tower was moved forward in 2016.
The tower was moved forward in June 2014 to facilitate clear line of sight to the patrolled swimming area. A Design and Review of Environmental Factors has been prepared for the ‘removal of vegetation from the frontal zone and reshaping’ management action. On ground work is expected to occur in November 2016.
Fairy Meadow Beach
The main access path to the beach has been widened to facilitate movement of rescue equipment to and from the beach. A Design and Review of Environmental Factors has been prepared for the ‘removal of vegetation from the frontal zone and reshaping’ management action. On ground work is expected to occur in November 2016.
Wollongong City Beach
A new tower was installed in March 2015.
Port Kembla Beach
The lifeguard tower facilities have been improved to allow shared access with the Surf Life Saving volunteers.
The access paths have been assessed and maintenance undertaken. Sand build up at the northern end of the beach is moved when required to allow access of rescue equipment to and from the beach.
A new tower was installed in September 2014.
The following general management options are underway or completed
Removal of weed trees and senescent subspecies of Acacia longifolia (Coastal Wattle) at Bulli, Woonona, Bellambi, Corrimal, Towradgi, Fairy Meadow, and Wollongong City beaches.
Top pruning of vegetation and removal of weed trees at Coalcliff Beach to enable a clear line of sight for Surf Life Saving volunteers and lifeguards.
Engagement of bush regeneration contractors who undertook removal of weeds, removal of senescent and dead subspecies of Acacia longifolia and re-planting with appropriate native species at Bulli, Woonona, Bellambi, Corrimal, Towradgi, Fairy Meadow and Wollongong City beaches. Site plans have been prepared for these beaches outlining vegetation management activities to be undertaken over the next 18 months to October 2016. For further information see dune vegetation management program.
Continuation of the Beach and Dune monitoring program which involves monthly beach and dune profile surveys and photopoint monitoring. Surveys are undertaken at Woonona-Bellambi, Towradgi-Fairy Meadow and Wollongong City-Coniston beaches. Additional transects were added at Towradgi, Bulli and Corrimal beaches since 2014-15.
The results from the program for Woonona and Towradgi beaches, where dune re-profiling work has been undertaken, are helping to inform further such proposals for other beaches. For further information please refer to Wollongong Beach and Dune Monitoring Program.
The establishment of a volunteer Dunecare program which was launched in June 2015.
Assessment of access ways at several beaches including identification of paths to be closed, graded or cleared.
Development of an implementation procedure for the Wollongong Coastal Erosion Emergency Action Subplan (Appendix Q). This outlines roles and responsibilities prior, during and following a coastal erosion emergency.
You'll find the Dune Management Implementation Plan on the right of this page.