NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 12 February 2010

 

AGENDA                                                                                                   Page

 

1        APOLOGIES

2        DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST

3        CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES — Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 30 November 2009   

4        ASKING OF QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE

4.1     Invitation to RTA Pacific Highway Upgrade Department to attend Committee meeting

4.2     Invitation to licensed fishermen to attend Committee meeting    

5        Director Environment and Planning Report

5.1     Report on Outstanding Items 12 February 2010

5.2     Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study - Stage 1 Nambucca Coastline Management Plan

5.3     Recommendations from the Lower Nambucca River Estuary and the Newee Creek Water Quality studies and the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan Management Strategies they satisfy, including funding sources

5.4     Water Quality Monitoring - Acquisition of Data Loggers V's Contract to do work

5.5     Final Report Nambucca River Master Plan

5.6     Continuation of the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee      

 

NEXT MEETING DATE

 

CLOSURE

 


NAMBUCCA SHIRE COUNCIL

 

 

DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST AT MEETINGS

 

 

Name of Meeting:

 

Meeting Date:

 

Item/Report Number:

 

Item/Report Title:

 

 

 

I

 

declare the following interest:

          (name)

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary – must leave chamber, take no part in discussion and voting.

 

 

 

Non Pecuniary – Significant Conflict – Recommended that Councillor/Member leaves chamber, takes no part in discussion or voting.

 

 

Non-Pecuniary – Less Significant Conflict – Councillor/Member may choose to remain in Chamber and participate in discussion and voting.

 

For the reason that

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

Council’s Email Address – council@nambucca.nsw.gov.au

 

Council’s Facsimile Number – (02) 6568 2201

 

(Instructions and definitions are provided on the next page).

 


Definitions

 

(Local Government Act and Code of Conduct)

 

 

Pecuniary – An interest that a person has in a matter because of a reasonable likelihood or expectation of appreciable financial gain or loss to the person or another person with whom the person is associated.

(Local Government Act, 1993 section 442 and 443)

 

A Councillor or other member of a Council Committee who is present at a meeting and has a pecuniary interest in any matter which is being considered must disclose the nature of that interest to the meeting as soon as practicable.

 

The Council or other member must not take part in the consideration or discussion on the matter and must not vote on any question relating to that matter. (Section 451).

 

 

Non-pecuniary – A private or personal interest the council official has that does not amount to a pecuniary interest as defined in the Act (for example; a friendship, membership of an association, society or trade union or involvement or interest in an activity and may include an interest of a financial nature).

 

If you have declared a non-pecuniary conflict of interest you have a broad range of options for managing the conflict.  The option you choose will depend on an assessment of the circumstances of the matter, the nature of your interest and the significance of the issue being dealt with.  You must deal with a non-pecuniary conflict of interest in at least one of these ways.

 

·        It may be appropriate that no action is taken where the potential for conflict is minimal.  However, council officials should consider providing an explanation of why they consider a conflict does not exist.

·        Limit involvement if practical (for example, participate in discussion but not in decision making or visa-versa).  Care needs to be taken when exercising this option.

·        Remove the source of the conflict (for example, relinquishing or divesting the personal interest that creates the conflict or reallocating the conflicting duties to another officer).

·        Have no involvement by absenting yourself from and not taking part in any debate or voting on the issue as if the provisions in section 451(2) of the Act apply (particularly if you have a significant non-pecuniary conflict of interest).

 

      


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

12 February 2010

Question with Notice

ITEM 4.1      SF1266            120210         Invitation to RTA Pacific Highway Upgrade Department to attend Committee meeting

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Greg Meyers, Director Environment and Planning         

 

Summary:

 

Committee member Ms Fay Lawson has suggested that the RTA – Pacific Highway Upgrade Department be invited to attend a Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee meeting to discuss the concerns raised regarding the impact the proposed Pacific Highway deviation east of Macksville may have on the town of Macksville and its surrounding area.

 

Telephone contact has been made with the RTA – Pacific Highway Upgrade Department extending an invitation to attend this meeting. At the time of finalising the Agenda no confirmation had been received.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Committee note that an invitation has been extended to the RTA – Pacific Highway Upgrade Department to attend the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee meeting of Friday 12 February 2010.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

There are no options for this Item.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The matter regarding the impact of flooding on Macksville and its surrounding area due to the proposed Pacific Highway deviation to the east of Macksville has been an unresolved matter for the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee for some time.

 

With the recent exhibition of the EIS for the proposed Warrell Creek to Urunga Pacific Highway Upgrade, committee member Ms Fay Lawson suggested that it would be timely to invite a representative from the RTA - Pacific Highway Upgrade Department and/or their consultants SKM to come along to this meeting to clarify or outline the flooding impacts (if any) due to the highway deviation.

 

Telephone contact was made with the RTA – Pacific Highway Upgrade Department on Tuesday 2 February 2010, extending an invitation to attend this meeting. At the time of finalising the Agenda no confirmation had been received.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Committee member, Ms Fay Lawson

RTA - Pacific Highway Upgrade Department

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are no environmental impacts with this report however the concerns raised had to be addressed in the EIS for the proposed Pacific Highway deviation around Macksville.

 


Social

 

There are no social impacts with this report however the concerns raised had to be addressed in the EIS for the proposed Pacific Highway deviation around Macksville.

 

 

Economic

 

There are no economic impacts with this report however the concerns raised had to be addressed in the EIS for the proposed Pacific Highway deviation around Macksville.

 

 

Risk

 

There are no risks with this report however the concerns raised had to be addressed in the EIS for the proposed Pacific Highway deviation around Macksville.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

Nil

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

Nil

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

12 February 2010

Question with Notice

ITEM 4.2      SF1266            120210         Invitation to licensed fishermen to attend Committee meeting

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Barbara Sadler, Executive Assistant         

 

Summary:

 

Council at its meeting of 17 December 2009 when considering the Minutes from the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee resolved:

 

That Council invite professional fishers to the next Estuary and Coastline Management Committee meeting to discuss issues they have regarding the Gordon Park boat ramp.

 

Invitations have been issued to known local professional fishers inviting them to attend this meeting of 12 February 2010.

 

The issue is two-fold, one being the discussion on the relocation of the Gordon Park boat ramp in the Nambucca River Master Plan, and two, the issues the professional fishers have with the Gordon Park boat ramp.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Committee note the representations from the professional fishers.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

The Committee could make further recommendations following the representations from the professional fishers in regard to the Gordon Park boat ramp.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

During the discussions at the last Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee meeting in regard to submissions and the possible relocation of the Gordon Park boat ramp, concern was expressed that our local professional fishers were not adequately consulted.

 

Council when considering the Minutes from the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee resolved to extend an invitation to our local professional fishers to attend the next Committee meeting to discuss the issues they have regarding the Gordon Park boat ramp.

 

Following the initial invitation, several of the professional fishers provided comment on the Draft Nambucca River Master Plan which were subsequently forwarded to consultants RDM, for their consideration in the finalisation of the Master Plan.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Local professional fishers

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are no environmental impacts with this report.

 

Social

 

There are no social impacts with this report.

 

 

Economic

 

There are no economic impacts with this report.

 

Risk

 

There are no risks associated with this report.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

Nil.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

Nil.

 

Attachments:

1View

32427/2009 - Submission - J Priestley and R Brislane

 

2View

32569/2009 - Submission - T Johnson

 

3View

32425/2009 - Submission - D Sutton

 

4

31877/2009 - Submission - K Morrison, Alex Morrison and Peter Morrison

 

  


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 12 February 2010

Invitation to licensed fishermen to attend Committee meeting

 


 


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 12 February 2010

Invitation to licensed fishermen to attend Committee meeting

 

 


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 12 February 2010

Invitation to licensed fishermen to attend Committee meeting

 

 


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 12 February 2010

Invitation to licensed fishermen to attend Committee meeting

 




    


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

12 February 2010

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.1      SF1266            120210         Report on Outstanding Items 12 February 2010

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Jacqui Ashby, Environmental Compliance Officer         

 

Summary:

 

The following Outstanding Actions Table has been generated from the Committee Meetings held since 2007 relating to outstanding resolutions. Matters which are simply noted or received, are not listed as outstanding actions. Where matters have been actioned they are indicated with strikethrough and then removed from the report to the following meeting.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the list of outstanding actions be noted and received by the Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

File no

Committee

Meeting

Summary of Matter

Action

By

Status

1
 

SF612

29.05.07

Monitoring of tidal waters at Gumma, Council further investigate other forms/types of loggers that could be acquired and that any required data loggers be considered for purchase from Council’s Environmental Levy and investigate funding opportunities. Has a funding source been found?

DEP

Funding application successful.

Recommendation of best type of logger to come from consultant currently engaged in river sampling project.

Waiting for consultants report.

Final report likely to be submitted by end of September 2009

Consultants report finalised, separate report sent to DEP concerning several options for monitoring including a quotation for the engagement of contractors to monitor water quality for a two year period as opposed to purchasing, managing and operating data loggers by Council. See report in this agenda.

2

 

29.05.07

The former Nambucca River Floodplain Management Committee recommended that Council ask the RTA to include an evaluation of the effect of the old highway during further flood modelling of the new highway route with a view to installing drainage structures to relieve local flooding.

DEP

Letter sent to RTA on 7 November 2008 by DES.

No reply from RTA at this stage. Matter being followed up.

No response received as at 4 May 2009 to follow up with the DES upon his return to work mid May.

 

2 cont

 

 

 

 

No response, new round of enquiry opened, letter sent June 2009

No response, new letter with plan sent 16.11.09

 

After detailed discussions with two Officers from the RTA in 13, 14, & 15 January 2010 the replies for the letters written in November 08 &09 addressed another issue that Council was also enquiring about. Several emails have now been exchanged clarifying exactly what the two matters are. Now awaiting a reply from RTA - Pacific Highway Upgrade Division.

The motion to write to the Minister of Transport has been put on hold pending outcome of these recent discussions and emails. If no formal response by 1 February 2010 then a the matter will be referred to the Minister.

3

SF612

06.03.08

Letters to be sent to home owners identified in the Flood Study and Floodplain Risk Management Plan affected by flooding to advise that there may be some state funding available to help with the costs of raising the houses above flood levels for $ for $ basis and to seek their interest to enable a Funding application to be prepared for the 2009 round of funding

DEP

Letters not yet sent. The DECC representative, Kevin Gibson, will prepare and present to the Committee a report on Voluntary Home Raising. There has to be an economic viability assessment of houses before they are included.

A draft discussion paper has been prepared by Mr Gibson, DECC which will be refined and presented to a future meeting of the Committee.

Paper been prepared and will be discussed at the technical level prior to presentation at this committee.

4

SF1267

6.04.09

Road depth flood markers to be installed at Factory Bridge, Taylors Arm to increase warning for motorists to 6 mts

DES

Matter referred to DES who advises that the sign has been ordered and will be installed as soon as council and staff resources permit

Instillation been held up due to more pressing short term issues.

Depth markers have been installed and show up to 4 mts on the western (village) side and up to 2 metres on the eastern side. Still awaiting delivery and installation of 2-4m indicator for eastern side.

5

SF1267

6.04.09

Query on projects completed by organisations, government department, funded or non funded, successful and unsuccessful, on or along the Nambucca River for assessment.

DEP

Received 3 replies. Information is not what Council asked for, the submissions just listed the projects but not the success or failure. More time is needed to contact each of the project managers to assess each individual project.

6

SF1267

 

River site gauges be placed in at least one position on Taylors Arm River at Kings Point and one position on Tilly Willy Creek Kings Point and also a double sided site gauge on the eastern side of Gumma bridge, and after further investigation may require more site gauges, as well as the upgrading of the site gauge at the corner of Princess and River Streets Macksville

 

DES

Site gauges have been purchased, SES have agreed to install signs starting at Gumma Rd followed by Kings Point and Taylors Arm.

All gauges were installed early December, unfortunately due to public objection, the Kings Point gauges have been removed and are to be replaced by a river depth gauge at Wilsons Bridge in consultation with BOM and SES.

DES raised the upgrading of the gauge with the Dept Of Meteorology as they are responsible. They are arranging a replacement.

BoM has done a temporary upgrade with a permanent gauge to be installed soon.

7

SF1267

6.08.09

Council write to NSW Waterways to ask them to clear stumps and other debris that may hinder navigation on the Nambucca River.

DES

Letter sent 20 August, reply from NSW Waterways on 18 September asks for more information on specific sites so they can undertake a risk assessment.

Letter sent on 12/11/09 with detailed maps provided by the public identifying the debris and location.

Noted some of the obstacles have been marked with buoys by NSW Waterways

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

12 February 2010

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.2      SF1184            120210         Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study - Stage 1 Nambucca Coastline Management Plan

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Jacqui Ashby, Environmental Compliance Officer         

 

Summary:

 

During 2008 SMEC Australia Pty Ltd were contracted to undertake Stage 1 of the Nambucca Coastline Management Process. Stage 1 is to carry out the Coastal Processes and Hazard Definition Study for the shire's coastline. The study involved gaining scientific understanding of the coastal processes and hazards that affect the coastline and specifically defining what areas are at risk from coastal hazards. The report covers the first stage of the coastline management process.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1          That the report be noted.

 

2          That the development controls specified in the recommendations of this report be incorporated into Councils consolidated DCP for the Nambucca Shire.

 

3          That Council call tenders for the final stages of the Nambucca Coastal Hazard Management Plan.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1          Council could choose not to adopt the recommendations.

 

2          Council could choose to engage SMEC Australia Pty Ltd to proceed with the finalisation of the Nambucca Coastal Hazard Management Plan in accordance with their quotation dated 4 September 2009 (circulated in confidence).

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

The report documents a detailed coastal hazard assessment of the beaches at Scotts Head, Nambucca Heads, and Valla, which has been undertaken using photogrammetric data analysis and analytical assessments. It describes the coastal processes affecting the beaches and the impact of these processes on the areas of the beaches where property is at risk. The report quantifies the observed long-term beach changes, as well as estimating the beach recession that may be caused by sea-level rise as a result of climate change. The risk to property is defined in terms of the present day risk, the 2050 planning period and the 2100 planning period.

 

Risk for the present day for Scotts Head, Nambucca Heads and Valla beach is as follows:

 

o     Scotts Head

The only building which could be affected by some storm damage or wave run-up is the Scotts Head SLSC. All other infrastructure is well protected by the dunes fronting the different beaches, which are high enough to avoid any overtopping all along the Scotts Head coastline. Severe damage to the dune vegetation at Little Beach could also occur (as observed in May 2009), but there is no infrastructure at risk. There are no private properties currently at risk from coastal inundation due to wave run-up.

 

o     Nambucca Heads

No private dwelling is at immediate risk of direct storm damage. However, the SLSC on Main Beach is at risk and can be flooded by the wave run-up. The car park at Beilbys Beach lies within the Zone of Reduced Foundation Capacity. The existing rock seawalls at Shelly and Main Beaches are at risk from damage in a large storm event, as these seawalls have not been constructed to contemporary coastal engineering standards. Such damage has already been observed in the storms of May 2009 at Main Beach. The existing picnic area at Bellwood Park within the river entrance is also subject to periodic erosion and loss of amenity when the river entrance is open (allowing ocean swell waves to propagate upstream). Existing rock embankments in this area have previously suffered damage as a result of this erosion.

 

There are no private properties currently at risk from coastal inundation due to wave run-up along the ocean beaches. However, parts of the roadway of Wellington Drive and 89 Riverside Drive would be inundated by wave run-up under a combination of scoured estuary entrance conditions and high ocean water levels. The car park and pedestrian walkway behind the V-wall are subject to wave overtopping from the breakwall during a large storm, with wave overtopping posing an inundation hazard to low-lying areas such as the White Albatross Caravan Park. This area could be isolated with no external access by coastal inundation for several hours as a result of a large storm event.

 

o     Valla Beach

No private dwelling is at immediate risk of direct storm damage. Most of the coastline is protected by rocky cliffs and bluffs. Erosion of the car park area caused by Deep Creek entrance dynamics is possible, as is wave inundation of the car park area. There are no private properties at risk from coastal inundation due to wave run-up.

 

Risk for the 2050 planning period for Scotts Head, Nambucca Heads and Valla Beach is as follows:

 

o     Scotts Head

The landward limit of the Zone of Slope Adjustment line reaches the caravan park infrastructure located next to the SLSC. A portion of the caravan park is located within the Zone of Reduced Foundation capacity. The roadway of Banksia Crescent lies partially within the Zone of Reduced Foundation capacity while the other houses in the area are located on rock and are therefore protected from reduced foundation capacity.

 

o     Nambucca Heads

Shelly Beach car park, the toilet block at Shelly Beach, Main Beach car park and Beilby’s Beach car park extend into the Zone of Slope Adjustment in addition to the Main Beach SLSC. The erosion extents are limited by the presence of the rocky escarpment behind Shelly, Beilbys and Main beaches along part of the length of these beaches. The toe of the escarpment slope along the coastline between Shelly Beach and Swimming Creek would be subject to direct wave attack.

 

No dwellings are at risk in the 2050 planning period. Wave overtopping of the breakwall would increase in frequency and severity as a result of sea level rise due to climate change, and inundation events of the car park, Caravan Park, Wellington Drive and Bellwood Park areas would be expected to increase in frequency.

 

o     Valla Beach

No additional properties or infrastructure would be at risk. However, overwash of the dune south of the entrance to Deep Creek may be possible, if the volume of sand store is reduced due to future sea level rise. This could cause breakthrough of Deep Creek south of its present location and threaten the footbridge.

 

Risk for the 2100 planning period for Scotts Head, Nambucca Heads and Valla Beach is as follows:

 

o     Scotts Head

Much of the caravan park, is within the Zone of Slope Adjustment, being exposed from the eastern side. One dwelling and three lots at Banksia Crescent as well as the roadway of Banksia Crescent lie partially within the Zone of Slope Adjustment. The Zone of Reduced Foundation capacity crosses the bowling green and the seaward boundary of the Christian Youth Centre.

 

o     Nambucca Heads

The entire sandy portion of the beaches between Shelly Beach and Swimming Creek would be subject to erosion. However, the inland erosion extent would be limited by the presence of the cliffs and bluffs backing the beaches. In addition to the car parks at Shelly, Beilbys, and Main Beach, part of Swimming Creek Road as well as four dwellings along this road and some infrastructure within the caravan park at the northern end of Swimming Creek Road lie within the Zone of Slope Adjustment. Three additional dwellings along Swimming Creek are partly within the Zone of Reduced Foundation Capacity.

 

Wave overtopping of the breakwall would further increase in frequency and severity as a result of sea level rise due to climate change, and inundation events of the car park, Caravan Park, Wellington Drive and Bellwood Park areas would be expected to increase in frequency.

 

o     Valla Beach

No private dwelling would be at risk. However, the morphology of the entrance to Deep Creek could change, as the dune separating the river from the ocean could be completely eroded under the action of the sea level rise. This would expose the current foreshore of Deep Creek to an open coast wave climate.

Infrastructure which is at risk includes the car park and toilet block at South Valla Beach.

 

Preliminary recommendations have been provided but are subject to a detailed study in Phase 2 (Coastal Management Study).

 

It is recommended that Council proceed with the Coastal Management Study and Plan for the Nambucca LGA in accordance with the procedure in the NSW Government’s Coastline Management Manual (1990), NSW Coastal Policy 1997 and requirements of the Coastal Protection Act 1979 with the following objectives:

 

·              Council not approve applications for new development or redevelopment of existing allotments forward of the 2050 limit of the Zone of Slope Adjustment.

·              Council require that new development, located within the 2100 Zone of Reduced Foundation Capacity, be on pier foundations designed to transfer the building loads into the Stable Foundation Zone for the 2100 planning period, and that Council develop an appropriate standard pier specification as a Consent Condition for new development. An example pier specification is provided in Figure 6.10.

·              Council include the 2050 and 2100 limits of the Stable Foundation Zone on the Section 149 Certificates where relevant to inform residents of the potential coastal hazard risk at each site.

·              Council monitor and maintain the seawall fronting the Surf Club at Scotts Head and should it be damaged in future storms, reconstruct it to an appropriate engineering standard, to prevent damage to the surf club and car park.

·              Council reconstruct the seawalls at Shelly and Main beaches to an appropriate engineering standard (as presented in Figure 3.6), to prevent erosion damage to the car parks of these areas

·              Council conduct maintenance of the existing reserve at Bellwood Park following wave erosion when the river entrance is open, and Council consider improving the existing embankment protection to better withstand a large wave event.

·              Council consider the implications of wave penetration in the lower Nambucca estuary as presented in Section 4 when developing the Nambucca River Masterplan for the lower estuary

·              Council reconstruct the seawall at South Valla Beach to provide effective protection against future realignment of the creek entrance and wave attack. The rock wall should be underlain by a geotextile layer to prevent failure due to erosion of fine material through the wall

·              Council maintain dune management for the dune south of Deep Creek entrance to prevent the dune destabilising due to wind erosion. Council should monitor the level of this dune to reduce the risk of breakthrough of a new entrance of Deep Creek. It is considered that a dune level of 7m AHD would be sufficient to prevent breakthrough.

·              Council monitor the existing footbridge at Deep Creek, particularly scour around the piers, to ensure bridge stability. If the bridge becomes unstable, new piles should be driven to sufficient depth to protect against scour.

·              The quantification of the erosion hazard be re-assessed every 10 years, based on the continuing collection of empirical data and on the more advanced analysis techniques that will become available in the future.

·              Where sewer or water infrastructure is under direct threat from coastal erosion within the 2050 planning period, consideration be given to relocating that infrastructure.

 

In addition to the above recommendations it is recommended to accept the following Draft Engineering Planning Controls:

 

o     Within 2100 Stable Foundation Zone (SFZ) –

·           no coastal engineering constraints

o     Within 2100 Zone of Reduced Foundation Capacity (ZRFC) –

·           Refer to above diagram

·           New development to be on piles extending into the Stable Foundation Zone. Depth of piles is given by 0.45 x where x is the horizontal distance seaward of the landward boundary of the Zone of Reduced Foundation  Capacity

·           For additions or alterations no building footprints to extend seaward of existing footprint

·           Minor development allowed under Exempt & Complying Development (SEPP) (ie interior renovations, sheds, decking etc.)

o     Within 2050 Zone of Wave Impact and Slope Adjustment (ZWISA) -

·           No development allowed within Zone of Wave Impact and Slope Adjustment except for development covered under Exempt & Complying Development (SEPP) (ie. interior renovations, outdoor sheds, decking etc.)

 

When the Stage 1 tenders were called, Council sought indicative costs to complete the latter stages of the Nambucca Coastal Hazard Management Plan. At its meeting of 6 August 2009 Council resolved that SMEC Australia be requested to prepare a quotation for the final 2 stages of the Coastal Hazard Management Plan for the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee's consideration. The quotation was received and this exceeded the indicative amount in the original tender and as such, it is recommended that Council call tenders for the completion of the Nambucca Coastal Hazard Management Plan to ensure compliance with Council’s tendering/purchasing procedures and Policy.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

 

As stated previously this report is the initial stage in a three stage process, further recommendations and management actions will be outcomes of the later reports. However, the recommendations of this report provide an opportunity for Council to appropriately address developments likely to be affected by Coastal Hazards.

 

Ideally the following recommendation would be included in the Draft LEP 2009 because it is a recommendation that prohibits development:

 

Council not approve applications for new development or redevelopment of existing allotments forward of the 2050 limit of the Zone of Slope Adjustment.’

 

However the LEP has been exhibited and landowners potentially effected by this recommendation would have no opportunity to comment. Therefore it is recommended that this control be included in Councils consolidated DCP for the Nambucca Shire for later consideration within the LEP 2009. Discussions have been held with the Department of Planning to determine if there is a model clause which would suit the provision with the Nambucca LEP.

 

The remainder of development controls identified above are appropriate for inclusion in the DCP in preference to the LEP because they make more detailed provisions in respect to development.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

SMEC

DECCW

DEP

DES

SP

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

These predicted shoreline recession lines will help Council with future urban planning and ensure vast tracts of land are left as buffer zones increasing the sustainable use of natural areas.

 

Social

 

The findings from this report will be included in the new Nambucca LEP.

 

Economic

 

The cost of not doing anything will far outweigh any mitigation measures needed to protect the land and assets from the predicted sea level rise.

 

Risk

 

High.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

There are no direct budget impacts on Council for Stage 1. External funding and environmental levy funds have been identified and approved to progress with Stages 2 and 3.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

The funds for Stage 1 of the Nambucca Coastal Hazard Study consist of grant funds and environmental levy and have been included in the 2009/2010 budget.

 

Attachments:

1View

 - CIRCULARISED DOCUMENT - SMEC Final Report

 

2View

 - CIRCULARISED IN CONFIDENCE - Quotation for Nambucca Coastal Management Plan

 

  


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 12 February 2010

Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study - Stage 1 Nambucca Coastline Management Plan

 

 

 

 

 

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Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study - Stage 1 Nambucca Coastline Management Plan

 

 

 

CIRCULARISED DOCUMENT - SMEC Final Report

 

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Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 12 February 2010

Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study - Stage 1 Nambucca Coastline Management Plan

 

 

 

 

 

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Nambucca Shire Coastal Hazard Study - Stage 1 Nambucca Coastline Management Plan

 

 

 

CIRCULARISED IN CONFIDENCE - Quotation for Nambucca Coastal Management Plan

 

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Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

12 February 2010

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.3      SF1266            120210         Recommendations from the Lower Nambucca River Estuary and the Newee Creek Water Quality studies and the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan Management Strategies they satisfy, including funding sources

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Jacqui Ashby, Environmental Compliance Officer         

 

Summary:

 

The Lower Nambucca River Estuary and the Newee Creek Water Quality studies put forward many recommendations that satisfy several management strategies in the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan. Many of these recommendations deal with continued investigation and water quality testing. Various funding sources have been identified to satisfy these recommendations and management strategies.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1          That the report be noted.

 

2          That recommendations 8, 9, 10 & 14 be considered in future budgets for the environmental levy.

 

3          That recommendations 5, 6 & 7 be considered in future budgets for the stormwater levy.

 

4          That recommendations 2 & 15 be considered in conjunction with the 2009 LEP and other planning instruments when they are reviewed.

 

5          That funding opportunities be investigated for recommendations 11, 12 & 13.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1          Council accept the recommendations.

 

2          Council alter or amend the recommendations.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Two water quality reports, Lower Nambucca Estuary and Newee Creek, satisfied several management strategies in the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan. Both reports satisfied Strategy 1, 2 and 5.3, initiating targeted water quality monitoring and recommended remedial actions to address existing water quality issues for the aquaculture industry. The Lower Nambucca Study also satisfied 5.6 and 5.7. The findings of these studies recommends further investigation of hot-spot areas, of Newee Creek, Gumma Gumma Creek, Watt Creek and Beer Creek being the high and medium priority catchments of the Nambucca River. Set out below are the potential funding sources for the continued investigation of water quality in the Nambucca River.

 

RECO NUMBER

RECOMMENDATION

LOCATION

POSSIBLE SOURCE OF FUNDING

RECOMMENDATION FROM WHICH REPORT AND PAGE NUMBER

1

Ongoing maintenance of sewerage infrastructure

Urban areas

Council activity

LNEWQS pg 61 & 62

2

Planning considerations so that future development does not impact on the quality of run-off (WSUD principals)

Shire wide

Council planning

LNEWQS pg 61 - 63

3

Monitoring and maintenance of OSMS

 

 

Newee, Tilly Willy, Watt and Teagues

Council activity

LNEWQS pg 61 & 62

WQNC pg 24

4

Monitoring and compliance of building site and other sources of sediment

Shire wide

Council activity

LNEWQS pg 61, 62 & 63

5

Instillation of retention basins

Beer Creek & Newee Creek

Stormwater Levy

LNEWQS pg 61 & 62

WQNC pg 24

6

Paved sections of creek bed should be replaced with grass swales to reduce the turbidity

Beer Creek

Stormwater Levy

LNEWQS pg 61 & 62

7

Investigating illegal stormwater to sewage connections

Bellwood

Stormwater Levy

LNEWQS pg 62

8

Water quality testing data logger or water testing program

Gumma Gumma Creek

Environment Levy

LNEWQS pg 60

9

Education programs for river health eg, “the drain is just for rain”

All urban areas

Environment Levy or education budget

LNEWQS pg 61

10

Water tank instillation

All urban areas

Environment Levy or government rebates

LNEWQS pg 61

11

Reducing stock impacts

Shirewide

Landcare, dairy industry grants or other grant money for farmers

LNEWQS pg 60, 61

WQNC pg 24

12

Further investigation and water testing of catchments

Newee, Watt, Gumma Gumma, Beer, Tilly Willy and Wrights Corner

Grant funding sources to be identified

LNEWQS pg 57, 58, 59, 64, 65, & 66

WQNC pg 24

13

Reinstating wetland function in catchments and on floodplains

Tilly Willy catchment and Watt Creek

Grant funding sources to be identified

LNEWQS pg 61 & 62

14

Faecal sterol testing

Watt Creek

Environment Levy or water quality testing budget

LNEWQS pg 61

15

Promotion of adequate riparian vegetation to control sediment and nutrient losses

Shire Wide

Landcare and Council planning

LNEWQS pg 61

WQNC pg 24

LNEWQS – Lower Nambucca Estuary Water Quality Study     WQNC - Water Quality Within Newee Creek And Its Catchment (Phase 2)

 

 


CONSULTATION:

 

DEP

DES

MHB

GO

SP

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

Continued investigation of pollution points and water quality testing will ensure hot spots are identified and management priorities are maintained leading to a sustainable use of the shires waterways.

 

Social

 

The rehabilitation of the quality of water in the Nambucca River will ensure a sense of place and ownership to the community.

 

Economic

 

Cleaner waterways will ensure a positive image for the shire with added economic value for agriculture, aquaculture, industry and tourism.

 

Risk

 

The risk of doing nothing will far outweigh any cost of investigations and eventual rehabilitation of the Nambucca River.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

Recommendations 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 14 will have an impact on future budgets of both the stormwater and environment levies. These will be reported to Council in annual draft budgets or as grant funds become available.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

There are grant funds available in conjunction with DECCW, Landcare and the CMA for specific projects. These will be assessed on an individual basis on release of advertised funding opportunities.

 

Attachments:

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Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

12 February 2010

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.4      SF765              120210         Water Quality Monitoring - Acquisition of Data Loggers V's Contract to do work

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Greg Meyers, Director Environment and Planning         

 

Summary:

 

 

As part of the $200,000 grant funds for the implementation of the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan an amount of $40,000 was identified for the acquisition of Data Loggers by Council to monitor various sites within the Nambucca River for a range of water quality data.

 

Geco Environmental who undertook the Nambucca River Water Quality project was required to investigate and recommend the most appropriate means of further water monitoring whether the best approach was the purchase of Data Loggers by Council or some other means.

 

This report deals with that specific recommendation.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee recommend to Council that the preferred option for water quality monitoring in the Nambucca River is to engage a third party to install, monitor, manage and maintain data loggers and provide this information to Council and that a further two quotations be received and Council take the most cost effective quotation.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

Not engage a third party to undertake water quality monitoring, in which case Council would seek alternative quotations for data loggers that would record the same criteria noting that additional and ongoing funds may very well be required after purchase.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council engaged Geco Environmental to undertake the Nambucca River Water Quality project which was fully funded by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA). One of the many outcomes for this project was to investigate and recommend the most appropriate means for further water monitoring after the completing of this initial project.

 

An amount of $40,000 has been identified for the purchase of Data Loggers within the $400,000 Implementation of the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan project ($200,000 grant funds & $200,000 Enviro Levy).

 

The Committee will recall that Geco Environmental advised at a previous meeting the considerable vandalism and high maintenance costs associated with the placement of the loggers, gathering of the data and their relocation as required. Armed with this experience and aware of the Council's limited resources, Geco Environmental pursued other avenues and sought a quotation from a company who would install data loggers in a number of identified "hot spots", record and log all data, maintain the loggers, upload the information directly onto a Council intranet (Internal use only) and/or establish a link to Council's web page making the data publicly available to anyone. This proposal was for an initial 2 year period with an option for Council to continue this into the future subject to funding.

 

This 2 year proposal is very competitive with the initial identified funds. The only downside is that Council would not own the data loggers and would only be purchasing a service and data. The upside of it is the fact that for two years, base data would be established and Council would then be able to consider the ongoing need for such water sampling.

 

In a nutshell, the quote is for a service to gauge flow in both Gumma Gumma Creek and Watt Creek and continuously monitor pH, temp, salinity, DO, and Oxygen Reduction Potential from the two systems for a 2 year period. The Water Quality monitoring results will be continuously logged over the period and are accessible by Council at anytime through a website login. It will also gauge Lumsdens Lane over a significant runoff event and collect 2 event samples per year analysing TN and constituents, TP, Enterrococcus, pH, Titratable acidity, turbidity and TSS over the two year period. They will use all their own equipment and maintain it over the 2 year period.

 

The alternative is to proceed to purchase the data loggers. The management and maintenance of the Data loggers would then be a cost to council that may very well exceed the available funds and would then see Council having data loggers in its possession but not being used due to lack of funds/staff.

 

A quote has been obtained for purchasing just the base set of equipment. This would only do event sampling. This equipment doesn't record discharge figures and the quote does not include staff training, maintenance, relocation or time for the sampling. The single item quote is $17,020 for just one unit or for the preferred two units it would equate to $30,000. Staff training would entail 5 days in Sydney with an estimated cost of $1,500, maintenance and relocations costs are difficult to determine but with some 5 – 6 sampling sites, some of which may result in some form of vandalism, an estimated allowance of $6,000 p/a is considered appropriate. Equating to an initial cost of $37,500 for two units that do not provide ongoing analysis.

 

It is considered that the engagement of a third party to install monitor and record data is the most advantageous option for Council as after 2 years sufficient data should assist Council with a range of options to pursue for an improved water quality outcome.

 

Only one quotation has been provided at this stage for both options. Should the committee support the recommendation for the engagement of a third party to install, monitor, manage and maintain data loggers and provide this information to Council and make it publicly available then additional quotations would be sought.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Geco Environmental

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

The Lower Nambucca Water Quality project made a number of recommendations one of which relates to ongoing water quality monitoring. This proposal will assist in establishing water quality and identify areas where improvement is required for better environmental outcomes.

 

Social

 

Good river water quality is imperative to good community health.

 

Economic

 

The costs of establishing sound water quality data will provide long term benefits for the community thereby limiting the economic costs associated with community disease or closing of the river to oyster harvesting.

 


Risk

 

Detailed water quality data may identify specific contributors or discharge points who through no fault of their own may be seen as contributing to poor water quality in the river.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The costs associated with this item is covered in the current budget. Continued water quality monitoring would be the subject of a further report and allocation of funds by Council.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

The current budget provides the funding for this project under Job No 843.005.

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.


Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

12 February 2010

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.5      SF1141            120210         Final Report Nambucca River Master Plan

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Greg Meyers, Director Environment and Planning         

 

Summary:

 

Resource Design Management (RDM) have submitted their final  Nambucca River Master Plan and Compendium for the Committee's endorsement in accordance with their contract and brief.

 

The submitted document has been reviewed by staff which has identified some minor typographical corrections required and the finalisation of a Generic MOU for agreement with the relevant land management authorities and/or licensing/approval bodies for any actions required of the Master Plan. RDM will attend to the typographical corrections following the meeting in case there are  any other matters that the committee identifies.

 

Should the committee recommend to Council that other major changes are required in the Master Plan, this will need to be negotiated with RDM as they have attended to the recommended changes from the committee and Council after they submitted the Final Draft.

 

The final A1 colour and plastic coated display concept plans will follow after the Committee and Council have endorsed the Master Plan.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

1          That the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee recommend to Council that the "Nambucca River Master Plan" be endorsed subject to the typographical corrections being made.

 

2          That the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee recommend to Council that the "Nambucca River Master Plan" be implemented in partnership with or individually by relevant land/water management authorities, community groups and associations as funds become available.

 

3          That the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee recommend to Council that the river bank restoration/stabilisation works along the Pacific Highway at Bellwood as identified in the "Nambucca River Master Plan", be its number 1 priority for implementation.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

1          The Committee could choose not to endorse the Master Plan, endorse the Master Plan, or recommend changes.

 

2          The committee is advised that should it choose to make changes this will incur additional costs as the consultants have now included all changes from the last meeting when the final Draft Master Plan was submitted.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Council gained grant funds from the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change under the NSW Estuary Management Funding program for the preparation of a foreshore master plan for the northern/left bank of the Nambucca River from Teagues Creek to the river mouth.


Consultants, Resource Design Management (RDM) of Coffs Harbour were engaged following a public Tender process to complete the Master Plan in accordance with the Master Plan brief that was endorsed by the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee and Council.

 

The Committee have been involved in the preparation of the Master Plan along with the broader community and interest groups. The contributions from the community and the interest groups has ensured that the Master Plan does represent the views of the community and the Master Plan has made a number of recommendations in regard to the many controversial and conflicting views identified through the process.

 

One of the requirements of the Master Plan was the preparation of a fully costed "Implementation Plan". The full cost of implementing all the recommendations in the Master Plan has been estimated at just over $18.5 million. Whilst obviously this is out of reach for Council and its community partners, the Master Plan does identify a number of practical short term projects and guidelines that can be implemented at relatively low cost for Council and to ensure that the long term implementation of the Master Plan follows the identified themes and design guidelines.

 

Riverbank restoration/stabilisation is seen as one of the most critical matters that Council should be implementing as a priority especially the undermining that is occurring along the inner canal adjacent to the Pacific Highway at Bellwood.

 

The Committee will recall that this was identified by Committee member Mr John Monckton and viewed by the committee during its river inspection last year. The committee will also recall that this matter was referred off to the RTA who responded advising that this is a matter for Council. As such, funds were identified ($75,000) in the successful $200,000 funding application for the implementation of the Nambucca River Estuary Management Plan. The first priority was the bank restoration along Ferry Street in Macksville with the balance to go towards this area once the Master Plan was completed. Ferry Street is now completed and a meeting is to be arranged with Fisheries, Maritime and DECCW to look at a design and practical measures to address the bank stabilisation in the Bellwood locality.

 

Once the Master Plan is endorsed, future funding opportunities will be investigated, discussions with other government agencies who manage the land within the study area and community groups and business associations will also be encouraged to utilise the Master Plan as they also seek funding and work towards the common themes and strategies identified in the Master Plan.

 

One of the identified limitations with the finalisation of the Master Plan was the completion of the Lower Nambucca Flood Study incorporating Hydrological and Hydraulic modelling of the river, both with and without the opening in the V Wall, sea level rise and other climate change issues and further opening of the causeway to Stuart Island.

 

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) were commissioned to complete this project and the first draft has been prepared and is currently being reviewed by DECCW staff and Council staff. Whilst still only in draft form the findings indicate that any further opening of the causeway to Stuart Island will not impact on flood behaviour. The draft report does not support the closing of the hole in the V Wall due to the significant impact it is likely to have with increased flood levels upstream ranging from 0.2m along Wellington Drive and 0.1m at golf club.

 

It being noted that the Master Plan recommends that the redevelopment of Wellington Drive as a tourist promenade is not supported due to the perceived impacts associated with Climate Change such as sea level rise, storm surge and flooding.

 

 

CONSULTATION:

 

Extensive community consultation.

Relevant Government Agencies

 


SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

The Master Plan has investigated, reported on and taking environmental matters and issues into account.

 

Social

 

The Master Plan has considered the many and varied views of the community, has looked at ways of improving public amenity and made relevant recommendations which will benefit the community.

 

Economic

 

The cost of implementing the Master Plan is considerable. The 10 year costed Implementation Plan will assist Council, government agencies and community groups and association to better manage the economic impact and benefits of the implementation of the Nambucca River Master Plan.

 

Risk

 

The Master Plan has considered risks associated with flooding, climate change and other emergencies. Due to the very high cost of implementation there is a real risk that the Plan will not be implemented in the identified 10 years.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

The implementation of the Nambucca River Master Plan will be a matter for consideration each year when Council considers and sets its annual budgets.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

The funds for the preparation and initial implementation of the Nambucca River Master Plan has been fully budgeted and allowed for through the Grant funds of $120,000 and Environmental Levy funds under Job No 1770.000. There will be no variation required.

 

Attachments:

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 - CIRCULARISED DOCUMENTS - Nambucca River Master Plan and Compendium

 

  


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Final Report Nambucca River Master Plan

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Report Nambucca River Master Plan

 

 

 

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Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

12 February 2010

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.6      SF842              120210         Continuation of the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee

 

AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Greg Meyers, Director Environment and Planning         

 

Summary:

 

Council, at its 1 October 2009 meeting when considering the make up of its Committees, Council resolved as follows in regard to the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee:

 

1          That all interested Councillors in addition to the Mayor as Chairperson, be appointed to the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee.

 

2          The membership of the Committee be as per the table in the report which is the current membership.

 

3          The Committee’s terms of reference be restricted to the finalisation of the Nambucca River Master Plan and the Committee be discontinued following finalisation of the Master Plan.

 

As the final report for the Nambucca River Master Plan is listed for discussion on the Agenda for this meeting on 12 February 2010, and in light of the recommendations it is anticipated that this will complete the role of the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee.

 

 

Recommendation:

 

That the committee note that as the Nambucca River Master Plan has now been finalised the Committee will discontinue, in accordance with the third item of resolution 1610/09 from the 10 October 2009 meeting.

 

 

OPTIONS:

 

The committee may choose to make an alternative recommendation for Council's consideration.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

At the meeting of 1 October 2009 Council, when considering the number of committees and appointment of Councillor representation, the following resolutions were made in regard to the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee:

 

1        That all interested Councillors in addition to the Mayor as Chairperson, be appointed to the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee.

 

2        The membership of the Committee be as per the table in the report which is the current membership.

 

3        The Committee’s terms of reference be restricted to the finalisation of the Nambucca River Master Plan and the Committee be discontinued following finalisation of the Master Plan.

 

With the Nambucca River Masterplan now completed, this meeting will be the last meeting of the Committee in accordance with the above resolutions.

 

All Estuary, Coastal and Flooding matters will now be directly dealt with by Council through reports from the Environment and Planning Department in consultation with the relevant agency and/or authority

 

 


CONSULTATION:

 

General Manager

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT:

 

Environment

 

There are no environmental impacts with this report.

 

Social

 

There are no social impacts with this report.

 

Economic

 

There are no economic impacts with this report.

 

Risk

 

It is considered that there are no Risks associated with this report.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

 

Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets

 

There will be considerable administrative savings with this decision of Council as the servicing of the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline management Committee of approximately 30 members is very costly.

 

Source of fund and any variance to working funds

 

Not applicable

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.