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Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on how you use the coastline from south Crowdy Head down to Wallabi Point.

Your feedback will help us develop a draft Old Bar Manning Point Coastal Management Program to set the long-term strategy for the management of the coast.

The Old Bar Manning Point Coastal Management Program will identify coastal management issues and the actions required to address these issues. It will outline how and when the actions will be implemented, their costs and proposed cost-sharing arrangements and other viable funding options.

Feedback closed 4:30pm Sunday 18 February 2024.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Mid 2023

    Scoping study

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    November 2023 - February 2024

    Asking the community for their input to find out how they use the area

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    February - April 2024

    Consider community feedback and evaluate management options

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    April - May 2024

    Recruitment of focus group

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    May - July 2024

    Options evaluation with focus group and drafting of program

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    September - December 2024

    After public exhibition, feedback will be considered and the program finalised for consideration by the elected Councillors before being submitted to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water


NSW Councils are required to prepare coastal management programs (CMP) for their coastal areas to set the long-term strategy for the coordinated management of the coast. CMPs replace the former Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) that were previously prepared under the Coastal Protection Act 1979.

The Old Bar Manning Point CMP is part of a larger project that will be integrated with the future Open Coast CMP. Council committed to advance the Old Bar Manning Point CMP ahead of the broader project because of concerns about rapid coastal erosion and shoreline recession in this area and the need to provide the community with a clear direction about how this area is to be managed in the future.

Old Bar to Manning Point Coastal Erosion Hazard Mapping Update

As part of the development of a coastal management program for the Old Bar- Manning Point area the hazard risk mapping for the area has been updated. This map shows the predicted continual impact of coastal erosion and shoreline recession in the area in the period to 2100.

This mapping provides important technical information to support the coastal management program, which when certified will provide an avenue of funding for management actions identified in the program.

The updated hazard mapping uses a probabilistic modelling methodology, which was supported by ground penetrating radar surveys to understand the natural resistance to coastal erosion.

The mapping shows that for the most part, the residential area of Wallabi Point will be protected by the bedrock underlying that area. North of Wallabi Point to approximately south of the Old Bar Public School will continue to recede and be vulnerable to coastal erosion with significant impacts on private properties, Council assets and essential services like telecommunications, water and sewer.

The Manning Point settlement has a high probability of being significantly impacted as a result of coastal recession with a significant proportion of properties impacted between 2060-2100.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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