Healthy Coast Management Plan

Council has begun work on the Healthy Coast Management Plan to guide future management of our coast.

The Sunshine Coast is known for its outstanding coastal landscapes. This landscape has beaches, dunes, headlands, estuaries and lagoons. It stretches from Coolum Beach in the north to Bribie Island in the south. 

Our coastline contributes significantly to our identity and the enviable lifestyle we enjoy. 

To maintain a healthy coast, we must support its environment, liveability and built asset values. We need to ensure it is resilient to climate change impacts and supports sustainable use.

To do this, council has begun work on the Healthy Coast Management Plan.  This is a new plan that will bring together our coastal strategies, plans and actions and guide how we manage our coast into the future.

Council has also begun work on an updated Shoreline Erosion Management Plan. Engagement activities will be combined with the Healthy Coast Management Plan due to the strong linkages between these two plans.


In 2017 council endorsed the Environment and Liveability Strategy (ELS). The strategy provides an integrated framework and sets strategic directions to guide the actions of council and its partners to ensure a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast to 2041.

Council adopted the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) in May 2021. This strategy helps manage the impacts of coastal hazards on our region. The coastal hazard adaptation strategy is a key transformational action of council’s environment and liveability strategy.

The Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) is a 10 year action plan that addresses priority erosion issues at specific locations. It recommends preferred shoreline erosion management options that are underpinned by sound science, coastal engineering principles and community values.


This will be updated as it progresses.

Phase 1 - preparing the draft plans

  • October 2023 – mid 2024
  • Outcomes from four key stakeholder workshops and feedback from recent coastal community consultation (over 10,000 responses) will be used to draft the plans

Phase 2 - community feedback on the draft plan

  • Mid-2024
  • Consultation with the broader community on the draft plans.

Phase 3 - review community feedback

  • Late 2024
  • Outcomes from broad community feedback will be incorporated into the draft plans

Phase 4 - final plans adopted

  • Late 2024

Get Involved

To ask questions and receive updates on the Healthy Coast Management Plan and Shoreline Erosion Management Plan projects, please contact us at:  [email protected]