The coastal environment is a major feature of the Council area, with 485 kilometres of coastline encompassing stunning cliffs, surf beaches, estuaries, rocky reefs, long low-energy beaches, mangroves and samphire flats, to name a few.
It supports a very diverse range of marine and terrestrial flora and fauna, some of which ae nationally and internationally significant.
Council’s coastline is considered its biggest asset by some – residents, holiday home owners and visitors are all attracted to the coastal environment, which provides a haven for many including families, anglers, surfers, divers, boat users, kayakers, bushwalkers, cyclists and campers. Yorke Peninsula offers a pinnacle in nature-based experiences.
However, the coastline of Yorke Peninsula is a sensitive system, and there are increasing pressures from development, agriculture, tourism, fishing and recreation. There are many management issues that Council are required and wish to address. The Coastal Management Strategy (Strategy) provides direction to Council and other land managers/stakeholders, by developing a framework for the management of coastal Council land.
The Strategy is to be used as a basis for assigning and applying for funding to undertake priority works over Council land and infrastructure, so as to address coastal management issues (please note, there are a range of tenures across beaches in the Council area, with varying land ownership, including by Council, Crown Lands, Crown Land leases/licences/dedications, Indigenous Protected Areas, and private).
The Coastal Management Strategy provides community-supported directions and actions for coastal open space (either owned by or under the care, control and management of Council), providing guidance on the most appropriate ways to enhance opportunities for coastal access and recreation, in balance with landscape, heritage and biodiversity protection.
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