Eurobodalla Council is preparing a draft Coastal Management Program to set out how it will manage the coast for the next 10 years.
The plan will outline how the coastline and beaches will be protected long-term and where and how investment will take place.
Council is holding four drop-in sessions this month to give residents the opportunity to learn more about the program and to seek the community’s ideas on what they want their local beach to look like long term.
Mayor Liz Innes said that the program’s aim was to protect community access and preserve the beauty of the coast, along with identifying and managing coastal hazards.
“The coast is a dynamic environment that’s always changing. The Coastal Management Program, which all coastal councils in New South Wales are required to prepare, will outline how we will manage the coast for the next 10 years in the face of coastal hazards, such as erosion and inundation,” she said.
“High on the priority list is protecting community access, maintaining the lifestyle and economic attraction of the coast, preserving coastal landscapes and natural systems, and managing hazards that may be a risk to assets, such as houses and public infrastructure.
“Management options could include adding more sand to local beaches, building sand dunes, installing infrastructure such as rock walls, or adopting planning requirements that change how development occurs in natural beach landscapes in order to protect them.”
The drop-in information sessions will be held:
- Batemans Bay, Village Centre: Tuesday 24 July, 10am to 3pm and Thursday 26 July, 3-7pm;
- Broulee, Captain Oldrey Park Hall: Wednesday 25 July, 3-6pm;
- Narooma, Leisure Centre: Friday 27 July, 11am – 2pm.