Coastal Management

Our coastal management consulting involves managing the risks of natural and human impacts on the integrity of coastal areas such as beaches, estuaries and lagoons.

Coastal Management involves managing the risks of natural and human impacts on the integrity of coastal areas.

Coastal Management involves managing the risks of natural and human impacts on the integrity of coastal areas.

Australia’s coasts and estuaries are increasingly under threat from climate change, urbanisation and other impacts. These impacts affect the social and environmental integrity of our coastline. Examples of specific impacts which may be encountered in coastal areas include erosion as a result of storms and rising sea levels, nutrient enrichment of the water body and associated aquatic and terrestrial ecological impacts (i.e. weeds, poor water quality), and reduced cover of aquatic vegetation due to recreational activities.

Using our broad environmental, ecological and natural hazard consulting capabilities, we can assess coastal risks, identify risk management options and develop coastal management strategies, working with coastal communities and other stakeholders. Our scientific and technical understanding of ecology, natural resources, climate change and hydrology is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and our networking with Australian and international research organisations means we remain abreast of all the latest research and best practice advancements in managing ecological and other risks.

In particular, we offer the following skills to help improve coastal management:

Examples of Coastal Management Projects We Have Worked On

Hawkesbury River System Coastal Management Program – Stage 1 

The Hawkesbury Coastal Management Program is intended to be a whole-of-system program and covers hundreds of kilometres of tidal waterways including the major estuaries of Brisbane Water, Pittwater, and the Hawkesbury River System up to the tidal limit 140 km inland at Yarramundi. 

In conjunction with Water Technology, we worked with six local councils and numerous other stakeholders to assess the current and future risks to the Hawkesbury River System, develop a community and stakeholder engagement plan and prepare a scoping report that can be used in subsequent stages of the Program. 

Bundaberg Region Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy – Phases 1 to 8 

The Bundaberg region has been subject to several extreme events and its coastal communities are vulnerable to impacts from coastal hazards such as coastal erosion and storm tide inundation. It is anticipated the impacts from a changing climate will exacerbate these problems. 

We conducted detailed analysis of coastal risks, developed and assessed risk management options for those communities with future intolerable risks, and designed and facilitated several community and stakeholder workshops. 

Community Consultation for Lake Macquarie Foreshore Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan 

We provided specialist community consultation services. This consultation was particularly challenging due to the impact of sea level rise on flood projections and the perceived changes to property values. We designed and then implemented a community engagement plan in consultation with Council. 


Amity Point Shoreline Erosion Management Implementation Project 

Amity Point, a township on North Stradbroke Island, is at risk of losing more foreshore to channel processes. To minimise erosion, boulders are placed strategically as part of a shoreline erosion management plan. 

We consulted with residents and other stakeholders regarding issues related to the implementation of the shoreline erosion management plan. We also conducted an economic analysis of erosion management options.  

Kempsey LGA Estuary Entrance Management Plans 

Due to their naturally changing entrance conditions, Intermittently Closed and Open Lakes and Lagoons (ICOLLs) face a range of social and environmental pressures. For these reasons, many ICOLLs are artificially opened to the ocean, which can result in unintended adverse impacts on estuary health.

Estuary Entrance Management Plans (EMPs) were required in Kempsey Shire to enable Council and the community to plan how the estuary entrance should be best managed to ensure sustainable environmental and management outcomes for the estuaries. In conjunction with Water Technology, we worked with various stakeholders including residents, indigenous groups, and Council to identify the key coastal management issues affecting the ICOLLs. The EMPs will be included in the Appendix of the Kempsey LGA Coastal Management Program.

Draft Woolgoolga Region Estuaries Coastal Management Program  

The pressures of urbanisation, agricultural land usage and climate change impact the estuaries of the Woolgoolga Region including Darkum Creek, Woolgoolga Lake, Willis Creek, and Hearnes Lake.

In partnership with Water Technology, we identified the management issues and implemented various long-term management options to minimise these risks. More information about the Draft Woolgoolga Region Estuaries Coastal Management Program can be found here.



For assistance with all aspects of Coastal Management please call Molino Stewart on +61 (02) 9354 0300