Coastal Zone Management
Council has prepared a draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for Wollongong, and submitted it to the State Government for certification. A two staged process was used for the preparation of the draft Plan.
The first stage was the preparation of the Coastal Zone Study. The Coastal Zone Study investigated the hazards affecting the coastline over time, focusing on coastal processes, climate change and sea level rise. The hazards considered are shoreline erosion and recession, ocean inundation and geotechnical instability, if exposed to a 1 in 100 year design storm and sea level rises of 40cm to 2050 and 90cm to 2100 above the 1990 mean sea levels. The areas potentially impacted have been mapped.
The second stage utilized a risk management approach to identify options to manage the assets and properties at risk and prepare the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan. The recommended actions are included in the Implementation Action Plan, which Council can use for direction on how these risks are to be managed once the Coastal Zone Management Plan is certified and adopted.
One of the key actions identified in the draft Wollongong Coastal Zone Management Plan was preparation of a Dune Management Strategy. The final Strategy was adopted by Council on 24 March 2014 and work is currently being undertaken as recommended in the Strategy.