Coastal Plan

Objectives

This plan will seek to:

a)   Maintain and enhance open space linkages ensuring free, safe and convenient access and facilities are available for all ages and abilities and future generations;
     
b)   Recognise, value and reinforce the diversity of the coastline, ensuring that development takes place in appropriate locations and that social, economic and environmental values are achieved;
     
c)   Provide appropriately for traffic and parking, ensuring convenient access for people wishing to use the coast, taking into account the need for safety for pedestrians and cyclists;
     
d)   Recognise, value, protect and where possible, enhance sandy beaches and dunes, foreshores, seagrass beds, wetlands and bushland, coastal reserves and buffers, and water quality along the coast;
     
e)   Identify existing native vegetation types, habitats, threatened species and weed infestations, where possible by desktop review of existing data;
     
f)   Identify and map areas for future re-vegetation projects;
     
g)   Identify and map areas requiring protection and/or restricted access;
     
h)   Identify through analysis of prior data and field investigations areas at most at risk and identify those areas where opportunities exist for greater use of open space area;
     
i)   Provide a broader range of options for use of the coastal areas by residents and also the growing number of tourists visiting the area during the holiday season;
     
j)   Identify infrastructure provision, including parking, cycleway and pedestrian pathways which will facilitate an improved level of usage;
     
k)   Identify management and educational measures which should be implemented to protect this valuable asset;
     
l)   Utilise the outcome of the economic analysis to determine the level to which the coastline contributes to the regional economy and the ways in which this can be facilitated; and
     
m)   Formulate a plan for future infrastructure requirements.

 

Scope of Works/Methodology

In order to inform the Coast Park Concept Plan a Vegetation Management Plan will be prepared utilising existing vegetation mapping. Methodology for this project is proposed as below:

a)   Confirmation of sensitive or threatened ecosystem boundaries (utilising existing data), with projections of boundary changes from climate change.
     
b)   Presentation of boundaries and the relative values for areas to limit or enhance the growth potential utilising available aerial photography and existing mapping.
     
c)   Identification of major areas of ecosystem connectivity utilising existing data.
     
d)   Interpretation of collated data into recognised standard formats for presentation.
     
e)   Report compilation and recommendations for management of identified areas in the coastal zone following liaison with stakeholders.
     
f)   Presentation allowing for appropriate compatible format.

 

The preparation of the Coast Park Concept Plan will include the preparation of an inventory of major assets within coastal areas, including passive and active open space areas, parking and access.  The outcome of such investigations will then inform the following:

a)   Mapping and identification of sensitive areas which are to be protected and managed.
     
b)   Mapping and identification of areas which have potential for a greater level of use. The plan will also identify in writing and visually the preferred scenario for use of such areas, including the provision of parking, pedestrian linkages and cycleways.
     
c)   Identification of areas where improved public access such be encouraged and those areas where public access should be minimised.


Deliverables

a)   A combined Coastal Plan will be prepared which will contain a written, visual and mapped analysis of coastal areas for protection and utilisation.
     
b)   An Action Plan (contained within the Coastal Plan) which will then inform the overall priority of works identified within the Municipal Management Plan.
     
c)   A one- two page summary document of the outcomes of the report.

 

Exclusions

The undertaking of additional field work for the preparation of the Coast Park Concept Plan including field ground truthing of targeted areas, general ground based examination of frequented and sensitive areas to identify problems such as weeds, habitat disturbance potential, breeding areas for wildlife, acid sulphate potential, and climate change effect potential.