Coastal collaboration continues

Published on 09 February 2017

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The newly formed Old Bar Manning Point Coastal Working Group, comprising representatives from MidCoast Council, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Department of Industry – Lands (DoI – Lands), met last Thursday to progress its planning for a program targeting coastal erosion in the Old Bar and Manning Point areas.

Following a week of change in the NSW State Parliament it was business as usual for the Working Group. According to Gerard Tuckerman, Manager Natural Systems at MidCoast Council, “having a combination of the best available people in the room, specialists across a range of disciplines working together, provides a solid platform to really kick things off. We’re dealing with a coastal compartment that is particularly vulnerable, complex and dynamic so producing a plan as quickly as possible that accepts the scientific and technical uncertainties requires a collaborative effort”.

Attendees included specialists in coastal processes, environmental economics, grant funding, licenses and permits and asset management, alongside an independent coastal scientist. The agenda included discussion around the current situation in the Old Bar and Manning Point areas, and options for interim activities that may be implemented to "buy time" while a longer term Coastal Management Plan is developed.

“Discussions to date have been with former Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, so the group has acknowledged the time it will take for the State Government to work through the transfer to the new Minister, and its impact on advancing consideration of funding for the buying time options.”, Gerard added.

“We’re working towards making an application as soon as possible to jointly fund the development of a coastal management program, and will await confirmation on the progress of funding for specific “buying time” options”, he said.

For more on Coastal Management planning, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au where the latest updates will be made available.