THE draft Dune Management Strategy for the patrolled swimming areas of 17 Beaches will go on public exhibition from Monday (June 17).
Wollongong City Council’s strategy follows the release of a draft Coastal Zone Management Plan. During the consultation for this plan concern was raised over excessive dune heights and scarping of the frontal dunes after storms, and the type, height and extent of vegetation on the dunes and its impact on scarping and beach amenity.
Council’s manager environment strategy and planning Renee Campbell said the strategy has provided a comprehensive study of the dunes and their role in maintaining beach stability and also their part in recreational amenity of these beaches.
“The primary aim of the strategy is to identify management options for maintaining sightlines and recreational beach amenity in the vicinity of surf life saving clubs, while considering biodiversity values and the resilience of beaches to coastal hazards,” Ms Campbell said.
“Council asked consultants with expertise in coastal management to prepare the draft strategy for the flagged swimming areas of the 17 patrolled beaches in the city.
“Following this review the consultants have also identified proposed management options for dealing with the issues that have been highlighted. These include the deterioration of sight lines for lifeguard and lifesaving operations, the reduction in recreational amenity from scarping and a reduced beach width from encroaching dune vegetation, and the type of vegetation in the dunes.”
In preparing the strategy the consultants assessed three main areas of concern – sight lines, recreational amenity, and beach access and they identified issues relating to these concerns at eight beaches in the city. Two of those beaches – Towradgi and City Beach – were classified as having severe issues.
The draft strategy also includes a list of proposed management options to deal with these issues.
The draft strategy will now be placed on public exhibition until to July 14. All community members and beach goers are asked to view the draft strategy and make a submission on the proposed management options during this period.
The draft strategy can be viewed on Council’s website and also through the Council’s libraries. For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.