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Port Stephens community called to workshop coastline management options

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Port Stephens Council is inviting residents to workshop potential strategies to manage the risks to the region’s stunning coastline.

It’s all part of the local government’s plan to develop a Coastal Management Program (CMP) to protect its incredible seashore and world-famous sandy white beaches.

Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer admitted it was everyone’s responsibility to take the necessary measures to safeguard the area.

“We’re all custodians of our beautiful coastline, which we need to preserve for generations to come,” he said.

“The goal of the CMP is to identify the dangers to our coast and prepare our communities for the impact of climate change.

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes in stages one and two, identifying our priority hazards, such as coastal erosion, coastal inundation, tidal inundation and dune transgression.

“We have mapped these threats to show their impacts for the coming years.

“So, now, we’re inviting people to get involved and discuss the potential strategies to manage our coastline and address these risks.”

The series of workshops will be available both online on 7 June and face-to-face on 8 June.  

“We know this is a complex topic, but it’s an important one and we want to hear from as many residents in the community as we can,” Cr Palmer said.

“We’ve got lots of information available on our website to help you understand the work we’ve done so far, including a video explaining the hazard mapping.

“From 7 June, there’ll also be an interactive survey available for the community to have their say on potential strategies, so keep an eye out for that.”

The feedback received from consultation is being used to help draft the Coastal Management Program, which will be available for further comment during a formal public exhibition period next year.

To register for a workshop and have your say, visit pscouncil.info/cmp

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