The Hawkesbury-Nepean River system (HNRS) is a major social, environmental and economic asset for Greater Sydney and the Central Coast. It contains beautiful iconic beaches, sprawling rivers & estuaries, and areas of social & cultural significance as well as being a key economic driver for the region. The coastal zone also contains a passionate local community, who are heavily invested in its utility and management.

In accordance with the NSW Coastal Management Framework, management for the HNRS will be guided by a Coastal Management Program (CMP).

The CMP is being developed by six partner councils bordering the Hawkesbury-Nepean River System:

In March 2023, the Hawkesbury Nepean River System CMP secured additional funding under NSW Coastal and Estuary Grants Program – Planning Stream thereby ensuring a smooth transition of the program into its next exciting phase (Stage 3) that will look to:

  • Confirm the strategic direction of the CMP that will involve review of risks and opportunities identified in Stages 1 and 2 to ensure the CMP reflects local values and local/regional strategic planning objectives;
  • Identify management options to address the identified risks, vulnerabilities, and opportunities as detailed in Stage 1 & 2;
  • Evaluate, select and rank these management options;
  • And finally, develop a Business Plan to support the implementation of these management options.

We are currently working on developing a detailed engagement plan for Stages 3-4. Once confirmed, we will update all our platforms with information about future opportunities for engagement, including types of events planned, dates and locations.