Draft coastal reforms released

Mr Adam Crouch MP, member for Terrigal has welcomed the draft coastal reforms that the NSW Government has released.

“The new reforms will make coastal management in NSW simpler and easier to implement,” Mr Crouch said. “The new coastal reforms recognise the natural environment, social, cultural and economic values of our coastline,” he said.

“Our coastline is a precious resource and we want to improve our coastal processes to protect our coastline for future generations. The reforms include: a draft Bill for a new Coastal Management Act; key elements of a new Coastal Management Manual; and proposals for a new Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).

“The draft Bill redefines the coast as four distinct areas as: coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests; coastal vulnerability areas; coastal environment areas; and, coastal use areas, to identify each area’s unique management requirements,” Mr Crouch said.

“The manual will provide guidance to local councils and clear, step-by-step instructions to support them to manage their coast using the new Coastal Management Act. “The new SEPP will help manage the legacy of existing coastal hazards and help plan to ensure new hazards are avoided.

Media release,
Nov 16, 2015
Debra Wales, office of
Adam Crouch