The NSW Government has today released draft coastal reforms for public feedback. The new reforms will make coastal management in NSW simpler and easier to implement. The new coastal reforms recognise the natural environment, social, cultural and economic values of our coastline.

I encourage you to have your say about the draft reforms as public participation is so important for planning.

The reforms include:

·         A draft Bill for a new Coastal Management Act.

·         Key elements of a new Coastal Management Manual.

·         Proposals for a new Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).

The draft Bill redefines the coast as four distinct areas of coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests; coastal vulnerability areas; coastal environment areas and coastal use areas to identify each area’s unique management requirements.

The manual will provide guidance to local councils and clear, step-by-step instructions to support them to manage their coast using the new Coastal Management Act.

The new SEPP will help manage the legacy of existing coastal hazards and help plan to ensure new hazards are avoided.

A three-month consultation period will run to ensure everyone has a chance to have their say. Go to www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au.