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Coastal Management Program - Hazards

Processes & hazards

Coastal processes (natural and human influenced) occur throughout the Shire’s coastline and estuary environments. Coastal processes can lead to coastal hazards occuring, causing significant risk to the use and development of coastal land and assets. Climate change will likely intensify the impact of coastal hazards, with shoreline erosion, recession and inundation of private and public property and assets at risk.  


Coastal processes include:

– Waves
– Tides
– Storms
– Elevated water levels
– Currents
– Waterborne sediment transport
– Dune vegetation
– Windborne sediment transport
– Rainfall and runoff
– Coastal entrances
– Climate change
– Human activities

For futher information on coastal processes, download the fact sheet:


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Coastal hazards include:

– Beach erosion
– Shoreline recession
– Coastal entrance instability
– Sand drift
– Coastal inundation
– Slope and cliff instability
– Stormwater erosion

For futher information on coastal hazards, download the fact sheet:


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As the first step in developing the Coastal Management Program Coastal Hazards, a draft Summary of Coastal Processes and Hazards Report was completed in December 2017. The report provides an introduction and overview of the coastal processes and hazards that are relevant to the coastal zone of the Bega Valley Shire, and summarises the risks from these hazards. The report is largely based on the Bega Valley Shire Coastal Processes and Hazards Definition Study that was undertaken in 2015.


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