A new hazard management strategy, to protect future developments from erosion along the Tweed coastline, is on public exhibition.

A draft Coastal Hazards section for Tweed Shire Council’s Development Control Plan (TDCP) will be on exhibition for an extended period of 60 days, so landholders and other interested parties can closely examine the document and make comment.

The exhibition period will include a community workshop on 23 March at Cabarita Beach Sports Club from 4.30pm. It will outline how Section B25 – Coastal Hazards of the TDCP will protect lives, property and the coastline by controlling urban development within three erosion hazard zones.

It outlines restrictions for new buildings and major renovations within an Immediate Hazard Zone, a forecast 2050 Hazard Zone and a recently prescribed 2100 Hazard Zone which incorporates climate change and associated sea level rises.

“The strategy prohibits the construction of any new buildings within the Immediate Hazard Zone and controls the location and nature of developments inside the 2050 and 2100 zones,” the co-ordinator of Council’s Natural Resource Management Unit, Jane Lofthouse, said.

“It is part of the Development Control Plan’s objective to conserve the Tweed coast and maintain community access to public land by managing development within the coastal hazard zone.

“The Tweed will continue to experience a considerable amount of development close to the coastline. This must be carefully planned and managed to minimise its impact on coastal resources and to prevent urban development within areas that are at risk from coastal hazards.”

The Coastal Hazards – Tweed Development Control Plan Section B25 will be on exhibition from 2 March to 31 May. It can be viewed at the On Exhibition page of Council’s website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au. Printed copies are available at the Kingscliff Library and Council offices at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.