Approval For Action On Coastal Erosion

Approval For Action On Coastal Erosion

A 400 metre-long seawall to protect Illaroo Road and adjoining residential properties from major storm events can proceed following the endorsement of the Lake Cathie Coastal Zone Management Plan.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes has announced the certification of the Port Macquarie-Hasting Council’s Lake Cathie Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) to minimise the impact of weather events and protect local properties and infrastructure.

Mr Stokes said the Council’s Lake Cathie CZMP, including the proposed seawall, provides a practical and pragmatic approach to managing current and future risks from coastal erosion impacts, as well as providing ongoing and improved management of the area.

“This is an important step for the people of Lake Cathie and I congratulate Port Macquarie-Hastings Council for completing a plan for the management of this valuable and special part of the NSW coast,” Mr Stokes said.

Mr Stokes thanked the Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams for her strong support of the plan.

Mrs Williams said the CZMP would protect foreshore areas during major weather events while ensuring improved community access to and enjoyment of the coastline and Lake.

It would also permit for appropriate development in a sensitive coastal zone.

“This is very much in line with what want the community wants,” Mrs Williams said.

“Following a detailed analysis of options, including the costs and benefits, the CZMP endorses the major strategy of installing a 400 metre long seawall,” she said.

Mr Stokes said the seawall would require opportunistic sand nourishment of the beach to maintain the amenity of the area and aims to mitigate potential seawall impacts into the future.

“The sand nourishment component is linked to Council’s entrance dredging strategy of Lake Cathie.”

The CZMP covers 3.5 km of beach centred on Lake Cathie entrance which is located south of Port Macquarie between Tacking Point and Middle Rock.

The development of the CZMP was overseen by Council’s Coast & Estuaries Sub Committee with representatives from Council, State Government Agencies and community groups.

Mrs Williams said she was pleased the development of the CZMP had involved significant community engagement.

“There has been extensive community consultation during all stages of the CZMP development process and the resulting CZMP reflects their active involvement,” Ms Williams said.

“The Council has been diligent and committed to finalising a plan that meets necessary requirements and has the broad support of the community they serve,” she said.

Mr Stokes and Mrs Williams acknowledge the expert technical support provided by staff from the Office of Environment and Heritage who assisted Council in developing the CZMP plan.

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