24 November 2015

Council encourages community to take part in upcoming Coastal Management workshop

 

Shoalhaven City Council is encouraging local residents to attend the upcoming information sessions outlining the NSW State Government’s Coastal Management reforms.

 

The information session, which is being run by the Office of Environment and Heritage will be held between 6pm – 8pm at the Kiama Pavilion on Tuesday 1 December.

 

The State Government recently announced a new coastal management framework designed to help better equip coastal communities respond to emerging and existing challenges.

 

Mayor, Joanna Gash said it was vitally important that Shoalhaven residents took the opportunity to view the reforms online before attending and having their say at the upcoming information session.

 

“Shoalhaven City Council is bordered by one of the most picturesque and pristine coastlines on the entire eastern seaboard,” said Clr Gash.

 

“Living on the coast brings about unique challenges and opportunities which the NSW State Government is hoping to address through their current coastal reforms.

 

“The reforms have been designed to assist in enabling ongoing public access of our beaches while also ensuring the protection and enhancement of our coastline.”

 

“Importantly the reforms have also been developed in supporting coastal communities increase their resilience to existing and emerging hazards and threats.”

 

“These reforms will impact a large proportion of the Shoalhaven making it imperative that local residents are aware of the framework and process behind it.”

 

“I would certainly encourage local residents to view the reforms overview online before attending the upcoming information session at the Kiama Pavilion.”

 

Mayor, Gash said the reforms come at a time where Shoalhaven City Council is about to launch an extensive community engagement project named ‘Our Coast Our Lifestyle’.

 

“Our Coast Our Lifestyle will include community surveys, a new website on coastal management with facts sheets, discussion forums, school competitions, videos and ‘vox pops’ from locals and coastal experts,” said Clr Gash.

 

“The feedback received from the community will guide the way Council manages its coastal areas into the future and this will also need to be in line with the State reforms.”

 

The reforms can be viewed online at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/coasts/150761-coastal-management-reform-overview.pdf

CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170

                                                                          

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