Coastal Zone Management
Council is preparing a Coastal Zone Management Plan for Wollongong. A two staged process is being used for this.
The first stage is complete and is called the Coastal Zone Study. The Coastal Zone Study involved identification of the issues affecting the coastline over time, focusing in particular on the risks from coastal processes, climate change and sea level rise.
The report from the first stage has now been endorsed by Council. A major focus of the study is identification of the hazards potentially impacting on Wollongong’s coastline from coastal processes over time. The hazards considered are shoreline erosion, ocean inundation and geotechnical instability in the event of a 1 in 100 year storm and sea level rises of 40 cm to 2050 and 90 cm to 2100 above the 1990 mean sea levels. The areas potentially impacted have been mapped.
The second stage considers options to manage the issues, culminating in the preparation of the Coastal Zone Management Plan, containing the best possible combination of options for Wollongong.
One of the key actions identified in the draft Wollongong Coastal Zone Management Plan was preparation of a Dune Management Strategy. The final Strategy was adopted by Council on 24 March 2014 and work is currently being undertaken as recommended in the Strategy.