The big seas of the past few days chewed this chunk out of the shoreline at Woolgoolga.
The big seas of the past few days chewed this chunk out of the shoreline at Woolgoolga. Trevor Veale

Seas biting Woopi Beach deliver early climate change warning

BIG SEAS of the past few days have left a mark on the Coffs Coastline.

Large chunks were removed from sandbanks at Woolgoolga while almost every beach is showing evidence of the pounding that's been delivered.

Coffs Harbour City Council moved to address the urgency of climate change and the potential risks to the coastline by adopting the draft Coastal Zone Management Plan in February.

The plan is now with the NSW Minister for Environment awaiting final certification.

A total of 48 actions were in the draft plan to address identified risks of erosion and inundation.

They include beach and dune management, asset management, environmental planning and further studies, planning and development controls, monitoring and community education.

Council's Director of City Services, Ben Lawson, said some of the strategies will only be implemented when trigger points such as long-term erosion are reached.

"We will be pursuing opportunities to gain funding to put the strategies in place," he said.

"These strategies will be reviewed annually and opportunities to obtain funding and resources to implement them will be regularly sought."

The plan forecasts a rise in sea level of 40cm above the 1990 mean sea level by 2050, and a rise of 90cm by 2100.

This corresponds with International Panel for Climate Change predictions.



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