RESIDENTS are being urged to have a say on the future management of four keys areas of Port Macquarie-Hastings' coastal zone.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's draft Coastal Management Plan Scoping Study is on exhibition until June 26.
The scoping study will advise the development of council's Coastal Management Program (CMP) which is a framework for the long-term strategic and integrated management of priority coastal hazards, issues and risks to the Port Macquarie-Hastings coastal zone, in line with the community's needs, NSW state objectives and legislation under the Coastal Management Act 2016.
The CMP will be divided into four 'chapters' based on geographic areas, to better manage localised issues. Of significance will be the Lake Cathie/Lake Innes and Bonny Hills estuary and coastline incorporating the open coastline from the 4x4 access track adjacent to Dirah Street, Lake Cathie to the southern side of Grants Head at Bonny Hills.
Also included is the Hastings River estuary; Camden Haven River; and the Port Macquarie-Hastings open coastline.
Key components of the scoping study include a strategic context for coastal management, the objectives of the CMP and a review of current coastal management practices and arrangements.
It has been prepared with input from the Biodiversity Conservation Division from the NSW Department of Industry and Environment.
Natural resources manager Blayne West said the exhibition period will allow residents to provide feedback on the risks, issues and concerns about the management of the region's coastal zone.
The purpose of preparing the scoping study is to identify how the coastal zone is currently managed and to consider if further investigations or changes to management actions are required.
This assessment includes a review of existing Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) and Estuary Management Plans (EMP) to identify any gaps in knowledge and determine if any further management actions are needed.
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