Minutes of the Shoalhaven Coast & Estuary Management Committee

 

 

Meeting Date:     Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Location:            Jervis Bay Rooms, City Administrative Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra

Time:                   4.02pm

 

 

The following members were present:

 

Clr Patricia White – Chairperson

Clr John Wells

Clr Bob Proudfoot

Chris Wheeler – SES

Joanne Humphries – SES

Bill McInnes – SES

Jillian Reynolds – DPI Fisheries

Danny Wiecek – OEH

Jason Carson - LLS

 

Others present:

 

Phil Costello – Director Planning Environment and Development

Kelie Clark – Environmental Services Manager

Samantha Walsh – Coastal Management Project Officer

Greg Howarth – Environmental Health Officer

Ray Massie – Coast and Estuaries Officer

Peter Swanson – Bushcare Coordinator

 

 

 

Election of Chairperson

Clr Wells nominated Clr White as Chairperson.

Clr White accepted the nomination.

RESOLVED (By Consent)

That Clr White be appointed as the Chairperson.

CARRIED

 

 

 

Apologies / Leave of Absence

 

Apologies were received from Clr Pakes.

 

 

Confirmation of the Minutes

RESOLVED (Clr Wells / Clr Proudfoot)

 

That the Minutes of the Shoalhaven Coast & Estuary Management Committee held on Wednesday 27 March 2019 be confirmed.

CARRIED

 

 

 

Declarations of Interest

 

Nil

 

 

Reports

 

CE19.3       Shoalhaven Coastal Management Program Preparation Update

HPERM Ref: D19/246672

Note: Kelie Clarke - Environmental Services Manager addressed the meeting and made the following comments:

Council has received grant funding from the NSW Coast and Estuary – Planning Stream Grant program to prepare CMPs for the following locations across the Shoalhaven:

1.      Open Coast and St Georges Basin

2.      Shoalhaven River Estuary (including Crookhaven River system)

3.      Lake Conjola Estuary

Council received advice from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and the NSW Coastal Council that councils should undertake a Scoping Study for the open coast and all estuaries. The Scoping Study is the first stage of the five step process in preparing a CMP.

Based on this advice, Council sought to amend the Grant application and has received back from OEH, and proceeding with the Scoping Study. Council has appointed a consultant and is undertaking citywide Scoping Study.

Seeking various methods of community consultation, from Workshops, CCBs, previous NRFMC Members, network frontline news, email networks, deep dive sessions and online surveys. Will target stakeholders for some focus groups.

Clr Proudfoot and Clr White raised concerns regarding community consultation.

A presentation was made in relation to the Community Consultation areas.

A discussion was held in relation to the Grant funding and the Council contribution.

Clr Wells suggested that Council request RPS for an additional two (2) consultants to assist with more drop in sessions and workshops.

Kelie Clarke, Environmental Services Manager, advised that Council wishes to engage the public and doesn’t want to exclude any members or interested parties. Council is seeking a diversity of views and is proposing to use a number of different methods to engage with the community including on-line survey, focus group workshops and drop-in sessions. The purpose of the scoping study is to identify what is working well, what is not, gaps in knowledge and develop a community engagement strategy for the preparation of a CMP.

The Community Engagement Strategy is then implemented during preparation of the CMPs. This engagement strategy will be reported back to Council to be endorsed with the Scoping Study.

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That the Committee receive the Shoalhaven Coastal Management Program Preparation Update report for information.

 

RESOLVED (Clr White / Clr Wells)

That the Committee receive the Shoalhaven Coastal Management Program Preparation Update report for information.

CARRIED

 

 

CE19.4       Shoalhaven Citywide Coastal Management Program Scoping Study - Community Engagement

HPERM Ref: D19/276616

The members discussed the importance of consulting with Collingwood Beach Preservation Group, Shoalhaven Heads Forum, Sussex Inlet, Lake Conjola and all Coastal CCBs.

Various Stakeholders need to be included such as: Shoalhaven Heads, Oyster Farmers, Wine Growers, Dairy Farmers, Riverwatch, Bushcare/Landcare, Dunecare, Chambers of Commerce and Tourism, Industry Groups and the Agriculture Industry.

 

Recommendation

That the Committee:

1.    Receive the Shoalhaven Citywide Coastal Management Program Scoping Study - Community Engagement report for information, and

2.    Endorse the community engagement strategy for the Citywide Scoping Study.

 

REcommendation (Clr Wells / Clr Proudfoot)

That the Committee:

1.    Receive the Shoalhaven Citywide Coastal Management Program Scoping Study - Community Engagement report for information, and

2.    Suggest Council review the resourcing and delivery of the community engagement strategy for the Citywide Scoping Study.

CARRIED

 

      

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

CE19.5       Various Projects Update

Ray Massie, Coast and Estuaries Officer, provided the following information in relation to various projects:

Currarong Beach:

Council is still waiting for the short term license and fisheries permit to undertake beach scraping, however ready to go, just waiting on final approval.

 

South Mollymook Coastal Protection:

South Mollymook cost benefit analysis (CBA) is still to be finalised. The consultants have received advice from DPIE to assist in the economic analysis and have been requested to finalise their draft report.

 

Burrill Lake:

Burrill Lake entrance dynamics have shifted since the new bridge has been completed which has caused some erosion.  This area needs some assessment. An on-site meeting has been arranged with agencies.

 

Blenheim Beach disabled access – grant:

Going out to community consultation for the disabled access ramp at Plantation Point.

 

Shoalhaven Heads Surf Club – Dune Survey:

Shoalhaven Heads Surf Club Dune Survey, to be arranged; it was agreed that a survey would take place every year.

 

Flood Program:

Kelie Clarke advised that Millards Creek and the Tabourie entrance flood studies are progressing, and will email information.

 

 

 

There being no further business, the meeting concluded, the time being 5.06pm.

 

 

Clr Patricia White

CHAIRPERSON