Coastal Management Program Update

Published on 24 August 2020

Aerial view of Kiama coastline - coastal walking track

Kiama Council has completed the scoping study for the Kiama Coastal Management Program (CMP).

Director Environmental Services, Jessica Rippon, said the CMP will help Council and other stakeholders, manage our coastline in a coordinated way, using a science-based approach.

“The scoping study provides an understanding of where we are now in terms of coastal management, and where we need to be in the future,” Mrs Rippon said.

The study was developed in consultation with the community and relevant government agencies, and includes:

  • A review of current management arrangements
  • A purpose, vision, objectives and scope
  • A plan for undertaking the remaining stages
  • A stakeholder and community consultation strategy

Stage Two, detailed modelling and risk assessment of our coastline, is already underway.

Council is working the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Environment to assess beach erosion and shoreline recession, coastal inundation assessment and cliff and slope instability.

“Having a detailed risk assessment done for our coastline will help identify the key issues we are facing now, and will face in the future, when it comes to managing our coast.”

“This is important if we are to protect our coastal environment from natural threats, such as climate change.”

“It’s also important for Council in planning and guiding the social, economic and other changes of our communities along the coast.”

Mrs Rippon said there would be numerous opportunities for community involvement in coming months, including expert workshops, information sessions, surveys and meetings.

“The recently-completed Local Strategic Planning Statement was a great example of Council and our community working together to map out our future.”

“We are committed to ensuring the development of the CMP continues that collaboration.”  

Stage Three will be investigating management options once the modelling and risk assessment are done.

Stage Four involves actually preparing a draft for public exhibition, before the CMP is finalised and adopted.

The development of the Program has been funded by Kiama Council and the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

The CMP is expected to be finalised by 2022.

Further information: Kiama Coastline CMP - Stage 1 - Scoping Study(PDF, 9MB)