CZMP Eastern Precincts Byron Bay Embayment


The draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) and Emergency Action Sub Plan (EASP) for the Eastern Precincts of the Byron Bay Embayment (BBE) were available for public comment from Thursday 26 April 2018 to Friday 25 May 2018.

Submissions received will be reported to 21 June 2018 Council meeting. The Agenda for this meeting can be found here.

The Eastern Precincts of the BBE includes the beach precincts between Cape Byron and Main Beach, being:

  • Wategos/Little Wategos
  • The Pass
  • Clarkes Beach
  • Main Beach.

This CZMP does not include the Belongil Spit precinct. A plan for this area will be developed under the new coastal legislation, the Coastal Management Act 2016.



The Emergency Action Sub Plan (EASP) details Council’s response to an emergency within the locality of the Eastern Precincts.

The EASP forms part of the draft CZMP and is a requirement for Ministerial certification.

Copies of the draft CZMP and EASP are also available for inspection at Council's Administration Offices, 70-90 Station Street, Mullumbimby between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday - Friday.

Have your say - closed 25 May

  • Submissions are scheduled to be reported to 21 June Council meeting. The Agenda for this meeting can be found here.

Purpose of the CZMP

The purpose of this CZMP is to describe proposed actions to be implemented by Council, other public authorities and the private sector, to address priority management issues in the coastal zone of the Eastern Precincts of the BBE . The priority management issues relate to:

  • Managing risk to public safety and built assets
  • Pressures on coastal ecosystems
  • Community uses in the coastal zone

The plan proposes to continue with the broad management strategies that have historically been implemented in response to issues, being:

  • The retention and implementation of coastal protection works at Main Beach (Jonson Street) and Wategos Beach.
  • The application of planning and development controls on development in urban coastal hazard risk areas (Part J, controls under Council’s Development Control Plan, 2010).
  • Dune and public access and safety management.

Planning controls, dune management, and the management of social, cultural, and natural environmental values are also key cornerstones to the draft CZMP management intention.

Jonson Street Protection Works

At the forefront of this plan, the highest and most costly priority action is to upgrade the coastal protection works at Main Beach (Jonson Street) to protect the Byron Bay town centre from coastal hazards and improve beach access and amenity.

The upgrade of the JSPW is a positive action for the town of Byron Bay with strong public benefit to be gained for the community, businesses and visitors.

About the CZMP

Based on the Minister’s recommendation to split the previous CZMP for the Byron Bay Embayment into two planning areas – Eastern and Western Precincts, Council resolved in October 2017 to develop a new CZMP for the Eastern Precincts of the Byron Bay Embayment.

The Eastern Precincts of the BBE includes the beach precincts between Cape Byron and Main Beach, being Wategos/Little Wategos, The Pass, Clarkes Beach and Main Beach.

This section of the Byron Bay coastline is an iconic and internationally regarded part of the NSW coast, with Cape Byron forming the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. It has endured a history of large coastal storms and coastal erosion, and has been identified as an area that is undergoing long-term coastal recession.

As a result of pressures from population growth, development and tourism, concerted effort has been and continues to be required to manage coastal hazards, maintain beach amenity, beach access, the natural environment, social and cultural values.

Purpose of the EASP

The purpose of an EASP is to detail Council’s intended actions before, during and after a coastal erosion emergency to minimise and manage risks to beach access, recreational amenity and public safety in a planned and coordinated manner.


The draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) and Emergency Action Sub Plan (EASP) for the Eastern Precincts of the Byron Bay Embayment (BBE) were available for public comment from Thursday 26 April 2018 to Friday 25 May 2018.

Submissions received will be reported to 21 June 2018 Council meeting. The Agenda for this meeting can be found here.

The Eastern Precincts of the BBE includes the beach precincts between Cape Byron and Main Beach, being:

  • Wategos/Little Wategos
  • The Pass
  • Clarkes Beach
  • Main Beach.

This CZMP does not include the Belongil Spit precinct. A plan for this area will be developed under the new coastal legislation, the Coastal Management Act 2016.



The Emergency Action Sub Plan (EASP) details Council’s response to an emergency within the locality of the Eastern Precincts.

The EASP forms part of the draft CZMP and is a requirement for Ministerial certification.

Copies of the draft CZMP and EASP are also available for inspection at Council's Administration Offices, 70-90 Station Street, Mullumbimby between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday - Friday.

Have your say - closed 25 May

  • Submissions are scheduled to be reported to 21 June Council meeting. The Agenda for this meeting can be found here.

Purpose of the CZMP

The purpose of this CZMP is to describe proposed actions to be implemented by Council, other public authorities and the private sector, to address priority management issues in the coastal zone of the Eastern Precincts of the BBE . The priority management issues relate to:

  • Managing risk to public safety and built assets
  • Pressures on coastal ecosystems
  • Community uses in the coastal zone

The plan proposes to continue with the broad management strategies that have historically been implemented in response to issues, being:

  • The retention and implementation of coastal protection works at Main Beach (Jonson Street) and Wategos Beach.
  • The application of planning and development controls on development in urban coastal hazard risk areas (Part J, controls under Council’s Development Control Plan, 2010).
  • Dune and public access and safety management.

Planning controls, dune management, and the management of social, cultural, and natural environmental values are also key cornerstones to the draft CZMP management intention.

Jonson Street Protection Works

At the forefront of this plan, the highest and most costly priority action is to upgrade the coastal protection works at Main Beach (Jonson Street) to protect the Byron Bay town centre from coastal hazards and improve beach access and amenity.

The upgrade of the JSPW is a positive action for the town of Byron Bay with strong public benefit to be gained for the community, businesses and visitors.

About the CZMP

Based on the Minister’s recommendation to split the previous CZMP for the Byron Bay Embayment into two planning areas – Eastern and Western Precincts, Council resolved in October 2017 to develop a new CZMP for the Eastern Precincts of the Byron Bay Embayment.

The Eastern Precincts of the BBE includes the beach precincts between Cape Byron and Main Beach, being Wategos/Little Wategos, The Pass, Clarkes Beach and Main Beach.

This section of the Byron Bay coastline is an iconic and internationally regarded part of the NSW coast, with Cape Byron forming the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. It has endured a history of large coastal storms and coastal erosion, and has been identified as an area that is undergoing long-term coastal recession.

As a result of pressures from population growth, development and tourism, concerted effort has been and continues to be required to manage coastal hazards, maintain beach amenity, beach access, the natural environment, social and cultural values.

Purpose of the EASP

The purpose of an EASP is to detail Council’s intended actions before, during and after a coastal erosion emergency to minimise and manage risks to beach access, recreational amenity and public safety in a planned and coordinated manner.