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Coastal and flooding considerations

Many cities and towns in Australia are located on the coast, so it is important that Australia's governments plan settlements that can respond to the constantly changing coastal environment.

As a local government organisation, Eurobodalla Council has a responsibility to our community to preserve the coast for its natural beauty and the major contribution it makes to our economy and lifestyle, and to make sure our settlements are resilient to the natural hazards associated with the coast.

With around 110km coastline and over 40 beaches under our care and control, Eurobodalla Council has more coastal management responsibilities than any other NSW local government.

We must also consider the impacts of climate change. Our local towns are vulnerable to sea level rise, with many homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural places potentially at risk.

Council has adopted a regional risk management based approach toward planning for sea level rise. This aims to allow the current community to gain economic benefits from the coast without denying future generations the chance to enjoy the same lifestyle benefits we enjoy today.

Our community helps work toward these goals through our Coastal Management Advisory Committee.

Eurobodalla Coastal Management Program

Council has engaged Umwelt Environmental to prepare a Coastal Management Prorgram, using guidelines from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The plan will help us understand how coastal hazards will impact the community, and determine how to best manage those hazards.

While the plan is being prepared, the Interim Coastal Hazards Adaptation Code will guide how Council assesses Development Applications. This will ensure our legal obligations are met and the community understands how coastal hazards will be managed when building or renovating.

More coastal projects and studies

Currently seeking community feedback

Council is currently working on a flood study for Batemans Bay areas, and flood management options for some Narooma areas.

We are eager to hear from anyone who has historical information on floods in the study areas. Interested community members can come to a drop in session to talk with Council staff or complete a short online survey before 30 November 2018.

Contact us

For more information, contact Council's Flood Management Planner, Norman Lenehan: