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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Residents urged to help shape future of Newcastle coast

City of Newcastle is inviting residents to join a working group to help with the development of council’s Coastal Management Programs.

The assemblage will help shape plans to enhance Newcastle’s dynamic and constantly changing coastal environment, which is precious to its community and those who visit. 

A Coastal Management Program (CMP) is a long-term strategy that sets a coordinated and adaptive approach to the management of coastal hazards such as beach erosion, shoreline recession and coastal inundation.  

City of Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen encouraged people with an interest in ensuring the coastline and estuaries are managed and protected for future generations to submit an expression of interest to join.  

“We’re looking for a broad group of people who are already engaged with our beaches and coastline to help to develop ways to ensure we enjoy these natural assets for years to come,” he explained.

“Our coastline is loved by many people and in many ways and it forms a significant part of Newcastle’s identity as a liveable and sustainable global city. 

“Newcastle is fortunate to boast some of the best beaches in the world and a spectacular coastline that provides countless benefits to both our local economy and our way of life. 

“Our coastal management programs include long-term actions to help ensure we can manage these important areas, particularly in light of a predicted increase in coastal hazards.  

“The objective of the Newcastle CMP Working Group is to provide strategic guidance on the preparation, certification and the review of Newcastle and Stockton Coastal Management Programs which are underway.”

The first meeting of the Newcastle CMP Working Group will take place next month.  

The formation of the working group follows the Love Our Coast Survey, which explored what the community values most about the city’s beaches and coastline.  

Residents who are keen to be involved in the future management of Newcastle’s coastline and estuaries are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest before 19 June.

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