What's important about the coastline to you?

IT'S well known that Byron Bay beaches are loved and revered locally and around the world.

In an effort to find out 'what' about the coastline is important to the Byron Shire community, Council has released a community survey that will help inform decisions on coastal hazard management.

Byron Shire Council's executive manager environment and planning, Ray Darney, said the survey will help develop a framework for coastal management that meets the needs of the community and is technically and financially viable.

"The survey is the next step in seeking community views about what is important about the coast and how management priorities should be set.

"Reponses will help inform Council's Coastal Hazard Management Study for the Byron Bay Embayment, which in turn will inform our draft Coastal Zone Management Plan," he said.

The survey has four parts that includes:
Part 1         What's important to you about the coast?
Part 2         What should Council consider when it makes management decisions about the coast?
Part 3         What would a coastal zone management strategy look like?
Part 4         About you

"Survey responses will help Council to understand community objectives for coastal management, what defines an acceptable management approach for the community, and evaluate potential management responses for coastal hazards," Mr Darney said.

Mr Darney said Council has engaged coastal experts to provide the technical advice about options to manage hazard and risk on the coast.

"But it is the everyday human element and locals who are passionate about the beach that we also need to hear from," he said.

Complete the survey Council's website www.byron.nsw.gov.au from today or pick up a copy from Byron Shire Council's head office - 70-90 Station Street Mullumbimby NSW 2482.The survey is open until 13 February 2014.

Written comments are also encouraged until 28 February 2014 and submissions will be reported to Council after a workshop.

Mr Darney said there will also be an opportunity to comment on proposed management actions when a new draft Coastal Zone Management Plan is exhibited, later in 2014.

If you would like to find out more about how you can be involved in the study see here or contact Jill Boschman or Catherine Knight at Council on 02 6626 7126.

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