Nambucca River, Creeks, Estuaries and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 15 February 2011


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1        APOLOGIES


3        CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES — Nambucca River, Creeks, Estuaries and Coastline Management Committee Meeting - 12 November 2010   


5        Director Environment and Planning Report

5.1     Report on Outstanding Items 15 February 2011

5.2     Update on Lower Nambucca Flood Study

5.3     Reports from Committee Members and Attendees as required

5.4     Presentation by SMEC and Umwelt - Environmental Consultants preparing Council's Coastal Zone Management Plan     












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Nambucca River, Creeks, Estuaries and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

15 February 2011

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.1      SF1496            150211         Report on Outstanding Items 15 February 2011


AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Jacqui Ashby, Environmental Compliance Officer         




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.





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





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Summary of Matter







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?


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.

Contractor has been engaged. Installation targeted for week 23-27 August 2010.

Loggers installed.




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.


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.


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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 Upgrade division released their Environmental Assessment that the RTA said covered the flood models. No other correspondence was received for this round of enquires.

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.

Onsite meeting with RTA contractor 23 August 2010 to assess the issue. ECO telephoned for update 28/10/10, still being assessed.

Telephoned again 1/2/11 report still not ready.




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


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.




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


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.

Depth indicator has been delivered although due to other flood damage maintenance and availability of staff it has not been installed. Once staff become available the indicator will be installed.




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.



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.




Council in adopting the Minutes from the Committee meeting of 13 August 2010, resolved to write to RTA-SKM asking to have predicted flood heights marked on electricity poles to the extent of Council’s flood mapping, extending to include Nursery and Gumma Roads, to indicate Council’s 1:100 year predicted flood height and RTA-SKM predicted 1:100 year flood height with climate change and sea level rise, highway bypass completed as an act of transparency and good faith to the community, before RTA submits proposed highway upgrade to the Planning Department for approval. In addition, Council resolved that the markers showing predicted flood levels be temporary and to be located at Kings Point and in Nursery Road where the proposed Pacific Highway crosses the Nambucca River on the eastern side of Macksville—two markers in total.



Letter written to RTA on 9 September 2010. No response as at 1 November 2010




That the Committee recommend to Council that SMEC Australia in association with Umwelt Australia be contracted to undertake the preparation of the Nambucca Coastal Zone Management Study and Management Plan being Stages 2 & 3 of the Nambucca Coastal Zone Management Plan in accordance with Council’s Consultants Brief and the submitted tender documents and price from SMEC Australia in association with Umwelt Australia


Inception meeting held with SMEC, Umwelt and DECCW and Council staff on 28 October 2010. Revised project plan to be submitted avoiding any exhibition or community meetings from 20 December 2010 and 21 January 2011. Initial community consultation included as a variation.

Community meetings start 15th February 2011 and local planning meetings begin April 2011.


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Nambucca River, Creeks, Estuaries and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

15 February 2011

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.2      SF1338            150211         Update on Lower Nambucca Flood Study


AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Greg Meyers, Director Environment and Planning         




SKM were contracted to undertake the review of the Lower Nambucca Flood Study and update as required. There have been several drafts completed which have required further modelling as new information became available.


During the modelling there has been several small glitches in the software which have further delayed the finalisation of the modelling and study outcome.


Mr Kevin Gibson from DECCW has been working closely with Council and the consultants to work through these matters.


The January floods in Queensland have further delayed the remodelling, however it is anticipated now that the final draft will be provided to Council and DECCW for review by the end of February 2011.





That the committee note the update on the Lower Nambucca Flood Study Review.











Direct and indirect impact on current and future budgets


Funds from Grant and Environmental levy.



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Nambucca River, Creeks, Estuaries and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

15 February 2011

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.3      SF1496            150211         Reports from Committee Members and Attendees as required


AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Barbara Parkins, Executive Assistant         




General Business items can be raised at this time to allow Committee Members and Attendees to bring up any items for discussion as required and give a report on the activities of the organisations they are representing.





That the verbal reports as given, be noted.



























The Committee at its meeting of 28 May 2010 recommended to Council that:


Future Agendas include the opportunity for Reports from Members and Departmental updates from Attendees.


Members and Attendees are invited to submit verbal reports at the meeting.



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Nambucca River, Creeks, Estuaries and Coastline Management Committee Meeting

15 February 2011

Director Environment & Planning's Report

ITEM 5.4      SF1184            150211         Presentation by SMEC and Umwelt - Environmental Consultants preparing Council's Coastal Zone Management Plan


AUTHOR/ENQUIRIES:     Grant Nelson, Strategic Planner         




Council’s Consultants, SMEC and Umwelt have been engaged by Council to prepare its Coastal Zone Management Plan.


Nambucca Shire Council has commenced work on a detailed plan for managing its coastline, ensuring the community's safe enjoyment of the coast in the future. The Coastal Zone Plan will explore how the effects of coastal processes operating at different scales affect facilities such as caravan parks, surf clubs, sea walls, car parks, boat ramps, stormwater and other infrastructure, beach access ways and creek entrances, along the Nambucca coastline.


The initial phase of community consultation has commenced with surveys, poster and brochures being distributed to appropriate community groups and coastal locations. There is information and a link on Council’s website for further information -





That the presentation by SMEC and Unwelt be noted by the Committee.





Representatives from SMEC and Umwelt will attend the meeting to discuss the following:


Committee meeting:

·              Update/reminder about the results of the hazard studies

·              News on the coastal planning framework for NSW – current legislation, policy and guidelines and what they mean for the Nambucca, in terms of assessment and management focus and requirements – management study and plan framework

·              Update on progress with the management studies – investigations of natural and social/cultural values

·              Feedback from the community to date – responses to the web survey

·              Outline for the community meeting in the evening

·              Questions and feedback from the Committee


The matters to be discussed at the Community briefing will include much more information on coastal hazards, as community members have not heard about the hazard study in any detail as outlined below:

·              Introduction – what the coastal zone management plan process is about – why Council is preparing studies and a Plan, what’s involved; how the community can contribute

·              Coastal hazard studies – what information is used, how the analysis is conducted; coastal hazards with and without climate change

·              Results of hazard studies

·              Implications of coastal hazards for the coastal communities and beach users of the Nambucca

·              Short break for tea/coffee etc

·              Workshop style session, with maps of all beaches and hazard lines, on air photo bases.  Invite people to mark up maps and comment on places, landscapes, assets that are important to them – how people use the beaches and headlands and what they enjoy about them.  What do they see as issues and how could those issues be addressed?


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