Lake Cathie Coastal Zone Management Plan

The coastline around Lake Cathie is particularly exposed to coastal processes that threaten private and public assets. Coastal erosion has occurred south of the Lake Cathie entrance and has led to exposure of coffee rock that underlie the dune system. Coffee rock is formed by the process of induration - which is the hardening of soft sand. This coastal erosion is likely to increase over time under current predictions for climate change and the projected sea level rise. Lake Cathie has been identified as one of fifteen (15) coastal erosion “Hotspots” along the NSW coast by the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH).

The revised CZMP was adopted by Council in April 2016 and was certified by the Minister for Planning on 1st November 2016. The CZMP was published in the NSW Government Gazette on 27th January 2017. 

The CZMP expires on the 31 December 2023. Council are currently preparing a Coastal Management Program (CMP) that will replace the CZMP.

Lake Cathie Coastal Zone Management Plan (2016)(PDF, 3MB)