Project Blueprint Moves to Phase Two

SLSNSW and Australian CoastSafe will move to Phase 2 of the ambitious 'Project Blueprint' through the funding support of the NSW Water Safety Black Spot Fund.

The project aims to conduct Coastal Public Safety Risk Assessments for every accessible beach and rock platform in NSW.

This project will be fundamental in addressing the coastal drowning issue in NSW both in the short, mid and long term. The Project will do this by providing the basis for a long-term, sustainable and effective drowning prevention strategy with clear evidence/data, engagement of relevant stakeholders and the application of effective risk mitigation and drowning prevention initiatives where and when they are required.

Consultation with local land managers, emergency services, lifeguards, surf life saving clubs and branches, specific stakeholder groups and the general public is fundamental to the success of this project.

Coastal Risk Manager, Adam Weir believes, "the right solutions, implemented at the right locations, at the right times, targeting the right people and implemented as part of a long-term strategy by the relevant stakeholders is the key to this project".

The project commenced in July 2012 with priority Local Government Areas (LGAs) targeted. LGAs included:

  • Tweed
  • Byron
  • Ballina
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Wyong (inc. Munmorah State Conservation Area
  • Gosford
  • Waverley
  • Randwick
  • Sutherland
  • Wollongong

The first year of the project has now been completed, with over 370 kilometres of coastline being assessed made up of 270 individual sites, including 186 beaches and 96 rocky coast locations. In the process over 19,500 spatial data elements along the coast of New South Wales was collected.

All collected data is geocoded and can be analysed using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and incorporated into mapping systems for land managers. This data will also be used to enhance both Surf Life Saving and Emergency Service response and planning, and will also be incorporated into the Australian Beach Safety and Management Programme.

Now commencing its second year, the project will see coastal risk officers assessing the Pittwater, Warringah, Manly, Shoalhaven and Bega LGAs. Pittwater will be the first LGA to be assessed in September, followed by Warringah in October, Manly in November, Shoalhaven in February and Bega in March.

Project Blue Print: Quick Facts

What can you do?

Attend a public forum - public forums will be organised at a local venue with notification sent to clubs and branches in advance (stay tuned for dates/location near you)

Complete the online survey – survey information will be sent to clubs and branches prior to on-site assessments.

Written correspondence to the CoastSafe team:

    Attn: Luke Stigter,   
    Coastal Risk Officer, SLSNSW   
    OR email  

Visit the website Project Blueprint.

How is this project being funded?

The project is funded by the NSW Government’s Water Safety Black Spot Fund.

How long will it take?

Over four years the project will cover 1,590 km of coastline, which includes 600km (38%) of rocky coastline and 990km of sandy coastline (62%). A total of 892 beaches will be assessed as part of the project.

Thu 1 Aug 2013