Estuary and Coastal Zone Management and Planning

Estuary and Coastal Zone Management and Planning involves the development of strategic policies and plans that assist with forward planning and decision-making in these environments.

For more than 20 years, BMT WBM has undertaken projects of this nature along the entire East Australian coastline. We have a long and proven track record in helping clients to understand and manage these challenges of the coastal zone. Our highly respected team of professional engineers, scientists and planners regularly investigate all facets of the coastal zone biophysical environment and its interaction with societal demands.

BMT WBM undertakes assessments for coastline management planning of historical and likely future responses of shorelines subject to erosion and accretion and especially under the influence of future climate change and sea level rise. We work closely with government agencies and industry to assist in ensuring that coastline and estuarine processes are properly understood and that the impacts of climate change are managed to the highest standard of current best technical practice.  Maximum use is made of available measured data on shoreline and estuarine processes as well as new and innovative modelling techniques to understand coastal zone responses.

Recent Relevant Projects

Hunter River Estuary Management Plan (NSW)

Arguably one of the most complex estuaries in Australia, the Hunter River supports major port and bulk materials infrastructure, Ramsar-listed wetlands, vast rural land uses and a population of over 500,000.  BMT WBM’s Estuary Management Plan seeks to balance these varied and often conflicting demands on the river.

Wollongong Coastal Zone Management Plan (NSW)

Future sea level rise will change the way that people use and value the coastline.  The Wollongong Coastal Zone Management Plan sets out a strategic framework for authorities such as the local Council to managing coastal risks now and in the future.  Management approaches differ for future development and existing development.

Coffs Harbour Coastal Zone Management Study and Plan (NSW)

BMT WBM has assisted Coffs Harbour City Council in developing a Coastal Zone Management Plan to guide existing and future development and minimise exposure to coastal risks.  The approach to erosion hazard definition combined empirical approaches with leading edge modelling techniques to assess shoreline recession due to projected sea level rise.  Erosion hazard vulnerability was presented in a risk likelihood format, incorporating the response of the shoreline to future wave climate variability, including shifts in direction and changes in storm conditions.

Sunshine Coast Coastal Processes Study (Queensland)

The Sunshine Coast is vulnerable to short term erosion events and in many locations important infrastructure and assets are located within the active beach system. The Sunshine Coast Regional Council commissioned BMT WBM to undertake a Coastal Processes Study for the coastline between Caloundra and Noosa Heads. The processes study focused on the assessment of the offshore wave climate and subsequent sediment transport patterns and erosion hazard.  This was completed though analysis of historical datasets and a combination of spectral wave, hydrodynamic, longshore and cross shore sediment transport modelling.