Planning for our Coastline

Consultation has concluded

Planning for our Coastline (Cape Byron to South Golden Beach)

Council has commenced planning for our coastline under the guidance of the new coastal legislation. This will involve preparation of Coastal Management Program(s) (CMP) and will include revisiting and overhauling our existing coastal management activities including previous Coastal Zone Management Plans prepared for the coastline.

A CMP is a plan of action for Council and others to address coastal hazard risks, preserve habitats, maintain or improve recreational amenity and overall resilience into the future.

The project will primarily focus on coastal hazards and the two areas of concern on the open coast between Cape Byron and South Golden Beach where property and/or infrastructure are at risk, including Belongil Beach and New Brighton Beach.

Coastal Management Program

Council is initially required to prepare a Scoping Study as Stage 1 of a five-stage process, where Stage 1:

  • develops a clear understanding of Council’s progress in managing the coast
  • identifies the area's current values and the issues and threats it faces.

The extent of the Byron Shire CMP study area reaches from the northern tip of Little Wategos Beach to our northern boundary, immediately to the north of South Golden Beach. It includes the nearshore coastal waters and beaches, and extends landwards to the maximum potential year 2100 coastal erosion lines as developed by Council for the study area in 2013.

Have Your Say

A series of drop in sessions were held throughout November and December accompanying an online survey for your input. Both the drop in sessions and survey were successful, with many people providing information on how they use the foreshore and beaches of the Byron Shire Coastline. Views were also received on potential impacts as well as highly valued aspects of our coastline. The information gathered will help to form a report to better manage our coastline, which will be presented to Council in the first quarter of 2019.


Planning for our Coastline (Cape Byron to South Golden Beach)

Council has commenced planning for our coastline under the guidance of the new coastal legislation. This will involve preparation of Coastal Management Program(s) (CMP) and will include revisiting and overhauling our existing coastal management activities including previous Coastal Zone Management Plans prepared for the coastline.

A CMP is a plan of action for Council and others to address coastal hazard risks, preserve habitats, maintain or improve recreational amenity and overall resilience into the future.

The project will primarily focus on coastal hazards and the two areas of concern on the open coast between Cape Byron and South Golden Beach where property and/or infrastructure are at risk, including Belongil Beach and New Brighton Beach.

Coastal Management Program

Council is initially required to prepare a Scoping Study as Stage 1 of a five-stage process, where Stage 1:

  • develops a clear understanding of Council’s progress in managing the coast
  • identifies the area's current values and the issues and threats it faces.

The extent of the Byron Shire CMP study area reaches from the northern tip of Little Wategos Beach to our northern boundary, immediately to the north of South Golden Beach. It includes the nearshore coastal waters and beaches, and extends landwards to the maximum potential year 2100 coastal erosion lines as developed by Council for the study area in 2013.

Have Your Say

A series of drop in sessions were held throughout November and December accompanying an online survey for your input. Both the drop in sessions and survey were successful, with many people providing information on how they use the foreshore and beaches of the Byron Shire Coastline. Views were also received on potential impacts as well as highly valued aspects of our coastline. The information gathered will help to form a report to better manage our coastline, which will be presented to Council in the first quarter of 2019.