Community Information Session – Protecting our Coastline

Sorell Council invites community to an information session on the Coastal and Estuarine Risk Mitigation Program (CERMP), a 3 year program of works to take place in the Southern Beaches.

The Community information Session will be held:

Tuesday 30 January 2024 at Carlton Park Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse, 5pm to 6.30pm (Tea/Coffee will be available).

In this session, we will cover:

  • CERMP overview
  • Natural Values Assessment – Stormwater Outfalls Southern Beaches Report (North Barker Ecosystem Services)
  • Criteria and assessment process to identify 25 stormwater outfalls
  • Year 1 projects – Five priority outfalls (e.g. why they were selected, what benefits will be realised on completion of the works, sharing of concept project designs)
  • Questions from the community

Guest speaker

Anna Wilson from Tivoli Green Pty Ltd has extensive experience in stormwater management broadly using water sensitive urban design principles and bio-engineering technique.  Anna has been engaged by Sorell Council to develop the first 5 project concept designs and will provide an overview of approach, design concepts and principals applied.

What is CERMP?

Council was successful in an application to the Australian Government’s Coastal and Estuarine Risk Mitigation Program to secure funding for the Hazard Risk Reduction in the Southern Beaches Region project. A total of $1.8 million was funded, which coupled with Council’s investment of $622,000, provides $2.4 million to promote disaster risk reduction in the coastal communities.

Project Objectives

The main objective is to deliver safe coastal living in the Southern Beaches region by providing safe stormwater services to assist with safeguarding our foreshore and remediating stormwater eroded dunes. The project will also assist in education and awareness about the importance of estuarine wetlands which harbours diverse flora and fauna and plays an important role of buffering floods in our coastal communities.

These projects will deliver a range of improvements and benefits for our local community and environment. All the outfalls to be upgraded will have a project design requirement for improved coastal erosion and outfall water quality.  Importantly, this project will not increase the outfall size or the number of outfalls, rather it will enhance the quality of outfall in the foreshore with improvement in the quality of water.

What’s included in the 3 year program?

  • Upgrade 25 outfalls in the stretch of 23 kilometres of Southern Beaches foreshore from Lewisham through to Dunalley
  • Reduction of hazard and erosion to dunes
  • Water sensitive urban designs
  • Improvement of the water holding capacity of wetlands
  • Improvement of the Blue Lagoon wetland
  • Education and awareness on Carlton Estuary which buffers flooding nearby coastal communities

If you are unable to make it, please complete the form below to let us know your feedback or any questions you may have. 

CERMP Feedback Form