Coastal management
  • Last updated:
  • 01 Sep 2021
The Sunshine Coast has over one hundred kilometres of coastal foreshores. This includes many world-class beaches and iconic rocky headlands. These environments are highly valued by locals and tourists for their cultural, ecological and recreational functions.

Council’s corporate plan identifies well-managed and maintained foreshores as a priority. Council has developed a coastal planning and management framework that delivers policy and planning tools that support protection and sustainable use of our valuable beaches, headlands and estuaries.

Council manages most of the local coastline and places great importance on the health of dunes and beaches. The coastline is constantly changing and council’s coastal planning and management effort has to adapt to the influence of coastal hazards such as erosion.

View the following documents:

Coastal values, processes and management

The following fact sheets outline the complex natural processes that shape the region's coastline. They also explain why council undertakes shoreline erosion management and some of the methods used.

Coastal Policy and Shoreline Erosion Management Plan

Sometimes coastal erosion has the potential to threaten parks, roads and pathways, for example. The challenge for council is to allow natural processes to occur, where possible, while protecting:

  • safe access
  • visual appeal
  • recreation opportunities
  • community infrastructure.

Council’s recently adopted Coastal Management Policy (Public Lands) and Shoreline Erosion Management Plan identify how council intends to sustainably manage coastal values and erosion issues.

Coastal hazard maps

The Department of Environment and Science has developed coastal hazard maps that show the predicted impact of coastal hazards.

Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy - Our Resilient Coast. Our Future.

Council has developed a long-term strategy to help manage the impacts of coastal hazards. Learn more about the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy.

Artificial waterways (lakes and canals)

Council's Residents' handbook: Artificial waterways[1042KB] answers some common questions about how you can help keep waterways clean, healthy and well-maintained. It includes details about residents' responsibilities as well as information about how artificial waterways function and what is required to improve and maintain these systems. This is especially important for residents with waterfront properties.

This handbook is not intended to provide legal, engineering, building or other professional advice.

Lake Management Plans have been prepared for each constructed coastal lake currently managed and maintained by council. These include:

There are a further five constructed coastal lakes with associated management plans. These are still currently managed and maintained by the respective developer and will be handed over to council in due course when the development process is complete.

Development in coastal areas

Construction and other activities in coastal areas may need development approval. For more information, refer to council's development applications and tidal works webpages.