31 August 2015

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Coastal Zone Management Plan Project Reference Group

At Ordinary Council Meeting 9 April 2015 Council resolved (Res 15-139) to establish a community reference panel, to provide ongoing feedback during the preparation of the Coastal Zone Management Plan Byron Bay Embayment (CZMP BBE).

Subsequently, on 27 August 2015, Council settled on the membership and constitution of the Coastal Zone Management Byron Bay Embayment Plan Project Reference Group (PRG) (Res 15-410).

The objectives of the PRG are:

  1. Review draft Coastal Zone Management Plan Byron Bay Embayment (CZMP BBE) and provide feedback to staff prior to the tabling of the draft CZMP BBE at a Council meeting, and prior to the draft CZMP BBE being ‘adopted for public exhibition’.
  2. Provide feedback, input and support to draft CZMP BBE exhibition, consultation and communication activities.
  3. Overview submissions provided on the adopted draft CZMP BBE, review and provide feedback to staff on draft CZMP BBE ‘exhibition submissions report’ prior to tabling at Council meeting, and prior to amended draft CZMP BBE being adopted for ‘submission to the Minister’.

It is anticipated that the PRG will convene its first meeting during October 2015. Meetings will be held bi-monthly or as required. The reports of the meetings (minutes) will be reported to Council when required.

Further information on the PRG may be found on Council’s website .


Councillor Workshop 13 August 2015

At this workshop, the consultant provided Councillors and staff with an overview of the most recent draft of the Coastal Hazard Management Study Byron Bay Embayment (version 5). This included new and additional work undertaken on the economic cost benefit analysis of management options.  The additional work was undertaken in response to comments from the State Government Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and in accordance with Council Resolution 15-139.

The workshop focussed on the outcomes of the:

  • probabilistic cost benefit analysis of the planned retreat (public / private) scenario;
  • cost benefit analysis of the ‘adaptive management’ protection scheme for Belongil Beach;
  • assessment of how economic costs and benefits would be distributed throughout the economy for the two main scenarios under consideration, being ‘planned retreat’ (public / private) and the ‘adaptive management’ protection scheme for Belongil Beach.

The consultant also presented a draft management recommendation, as follows:

Option 6, a three stage adaptive management protection scheme is recommended. This has components of:

• Stage 1: Seawall with walkway;

• Stage 2a: An initial self-filling trial groyne

• Stage 2b: Additional groynes; and

• Stage 3: Small scale sand nourishment.

The draft Coastal Hazard Management Study Byron Bay Embayment (version 5) is currently under a process of review including a technical review of the cost benefit analysis by the OEH.

Following consideration of all review comments, the consultant will be finalising the report. The timeframe for finalising the Coastal Hazard Management Study Byron Bay Embayment is dependent on the nature and extent of the comments, however at this stage it is envisaged that the final report will be tabled for Council’s consideration in coming months.

Further information is available at http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/coastal-hazard-management-study-for-the-byron-bay-embayment


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