Council coast plans now open to public scrutiny

The NSW office of local government has released an interactive map with public information on how councils are managing their coastlines and estuaries.

Shelley Hancock

The map also provides information about coastal management grants received by councils.

Local government minister Shelley Hancock says the tool will make it easier for the community to see the work that’s being done by councils, as well as scrutinise the funding they’re getting via the state government’s coastal and estuary program.

“Now our coastal communities can jump online and easily see progress on their council’s their coastal management programs,” Ms Hancock said.

“It’s a valuable asset that is going to help facilitate local communities to engage even more with councils and their efforts to protect and preserve their precious coastline.”

The map includes links to the relevant council’s website for more information, and has clickable colour-coded icons to reflect which stage in the process the CMP is up to.

Parliamentary secretary for the environment Felicity Wilson said the coastal and estuary program grants help councils plan for the future and protect their natural assets.

Coastal councils can apply at any time during the 2021–22 financial year for funding towards planning and studies to help develop their plans.

A recent report released by the Cities Power Partnership said 90 per cent of Coastal Council Association members report being affected by coastal erosion.

It warned that climate change-related litigation against local government bodies is set to increase, particularly in relation to coastal management.

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