Old Bar - Manning Point Coastal Management Program Reference Group

We are seeking nominations from members of the community who would like to become part of our new Old Bar - Manning Point Coastal Management Program Reference Group.

Members will develop strategies and prioritise management options to address hazard risks to private, public and environmental assets.

Anyone is welcome to nominate themselves or someone else to be a part this Group. We are particularly seeking representatives from sand replenishment, citizen, Coastacre and birdwatching, 4WD / boating / fishing groups as well as Chamber of Commerce.

Nominations close Friday 2 August.

Background

The Old Bar - Manning Point coastline has been the subject of significant recession for over a decade. The complexity of the Wallabi Point to Crowdy Head coastal sediment compartment and the coastal processes acting on the coast and the difficulty in financially achievable management options has meant to date no plan has been developed and certified to guide future management.

As per the guidelines for preparation of a coastal management program the Old Bar – Manning Point CMP will include the entire coastal sediment compartment from Wallabi Point to Crowdy Head as the area of focus and extend 2 km inland to cover the flood tide deltas of the Harrington and Farquhar river entrances.

The Coastal Management Program for the Old Bar and Manning Point area will identify a range of site specific management options to address hazard risks to private, public and environmental assets while taking into account the social, economic, ecological and heritage values of the area. A series of engagement activities will be undertaken to explain the complex nature of the issues being faced. These engagement activities will be facilitated with the Old Bar and Manning Point communities.

It is a NSW Government requirement that Councils develop Coastal Management Programs and the Old Bar - Manning Point CMP is being developed in line with the Coastal Management Act 2016. 

Stakeholder engagement is a requirement of the Coastal Management Act and subsequently the Old Bar Manning Point CMP has a multidimensional engagement strategy. The Old Bar Manning Point Coastal Management Program Reference Group is one of the ways that Council will seek input on the priority management actions to include in the Old Bar Manning Point CMP. 

Purpose

The Old Bar - Manning Point Coastal Management Program Reference Group (referred to as The OBMP CMP Reference Group) will provide strategic stakeholder input to the development of the Old Bar - Manning Point Coastal Management Program. The CMP will develop strategies and prioritise management options to address hazard risks to private, public and environmental assets. These management options will consider the social, economic, cultural and environmental values of the people in this coastal area. 

The issues that the CMP and therefore the Reference Group will focus on include, but are not limited to:

  • Assets at risk (public and private)
  • Recreational uses of the coast
  • Threatened species, Vulnerable Species and Conservation spaces of the coast (including Littoral Rainforest and Coastal wetlands)
  • Interrelationship between the Manning River entrances at Farquhar and Harrington and coastal processes.
  • Interrelationship between Racecourse Creek and coastal processes and impact on the beach.
  • Economics in relation to coastal management options
  • Community expectations and values for the immediate and future use
  • Implications of potential management solutions

Make a nomination

We recommend that you read the 'Terms of Reference' and the 'Code of Conduct' before completing the nomination form. (These documents are available in the 'Related Information' section at the bottom of this page).

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