Sunshine Coast Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy
  • Last updated:
  • 23 May 2017

Council adopted the Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy 2011-2021 in March 2011 and refreshed the document in August 2014 to reflect the new Sunshine Coast local government area.

To ensure council’s policy intent remains contemporary and progressive, the Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy 2011-2021 has been reviewed with the core principles used to inform the preparation of council’s bold, new-generation Draft Environment and Liveability Strategy. This Draft Strategy provides long-term strategic direction to guide growth and shape the Sunshine Coast for future generations to 2041.

To view a full copy of the Draft Strategy and have your say, please visit council's Have Your Say Sunshine Coast website. Submissions close 5 pm Sunday 4 June 2017.


The Strategy provides Council with direction and a management framework to ensure the region’s natural waterways, constructed water bodies and coastal foreshores are ecologically healthy and well managed.


Waterways and coastal foreshores are valuable assets that underpin the region’s natural capital, its identity, prosperity and lifestyle. Our waterways create unique and valuable aquatic ecosystems and by directing water across the landscape through streams, creeks and rivers, they help to sustain a terrestrial environment. Our waterways also provide us with opportunities for recreation and relaxation and support the coastal lifestyle that we all enjoy and many of the industries that contribute to our local economy.

However the coastal areas and river catchments are under pressure from a range of management challenges that have potentially serious environmental, economic and social consequences for a community highly reliant on these assets.

In response to addressing these challenges and to assist in achieving the corporate vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green diverse, Council is implementing the Sunshine Coast Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy 2011-2021.

The Strategy outlines Council’s adopted policy position for waterways and coastal management and assists to:

  • Inform Council’s waterway and coastal management planning and operation activities
  • Guide Council decision making and community initiatives in relation to waterway and coastal management
  • Drive a range of strategies and actions that will assist to deliver the Strategy's vision
  • Engage the community and key stakeholders to build and consolidate the partnerships

View the Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy:


For more information please contact council's customer service.