Settlement Shores Estate Canal Maintenance Plan Review

Thank you for your interest in this project. The consultation has now concluded.

View from western end of Newport canal

We'd like to know what you think!

The Canal Maintenance Plan (CMP) for the Settlement Shores Estate was last prepared in 2004, and outlined the maintenance priorities within the canals for a 10 year period.

The CMP looks at maintenance of canal water depths, boating infrastructure, beach areas, rock protection, revetment walls, stormwater outlets, foreshore footpaths and the flood control weir.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is currently reviewing the CMP to cover the next 10 years, and we would like to hear your thoughts on what our maintenance priorities should be.

If you have any questions you can contact Cameron Hawkins, Transport and Stormwater Planning Manager - via email cameron.hawkins@pmhc.nsw.gov.au or by phone 02 6581 8111

We'd like to know what you think!

The Canal Maintenance Plan (CMP) for the Settlement Shores Estate was last prepared in 2004, and outlined the maintenance priorities within the canals for a 10 year period.

The CMP looks at maintenance of canal water depths, boating infrastructure, beach areas, rock protection, revetment walls, stormwater outlets, foreshore footpaths and the flood control weir.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is currently reviewing the CMP to cover the next 10 years, and we would like to hear your thoughts on what our maintenance priorities should be.

If you have any questions you can contact Cameron Hawkins, Transport and Stormwater Planning Manager - via email cameron.hawkins@pmhc.nsw.gov.au or by phone 02 6581 8111

Thank you for your interest in this project. The consultation has now concluded.
  • Review of Settlement Shores Canal Maintenance Plan has recommenced

    about 2 years ago

    A draft report has been produced and prior to finalising the plan with its subsequent implementation starting in the 2017/18 financial year, final community consultation on the draft plan is required.

    Council staff have already engaged with approximately 70 canal residents over two engagement sessions in early 2016 and received 161 survey responses.

    Based on the survey responses received and discussions with residents, the preferred priority of maintenance actions is:

    1. Dredging to restore canal waterway depths
    2. Placement of sand on beach areas
    3. Fill boat ramp edge/end cavities with concrete or rock protection
    4. Concrete crack/chip repairs on revetment walls
    5. Placement of appropriately sized rock protection on beach areas

    In previous community consulatation 83% of responses answered No to supporting the introduction of a special rate to fund a higher level of canal maintenance and only 17% indicating they would support it. However, the majority of those who did indicate ‘yes’ stated that their support was conditional on there being greater transparency and guarantee of the works.

    The feedback received has been incorporated into the plan with some key outcomes being changes to the way private maintenance is approved by Council, a focus on long lasting maintenance actions and acknowledging the need for greater cooperation between Council and the Roads and Maritime Service for controlling boating actives that degrade canal infrastructure.

    The draft Settlement Shores Canal Maintenance Plan has identified a strategic budget that is required to adequately maintain the Settlement Shores canals. The estimated total budget across the 10 years covered by the plan is $2,772,040.

    The estimated financial implications per year are as follows:

    ANNUAL BUDGET

    Year

    Council Expense

    2017/18

    $594,880

    2018/19

    $799,510

    2019/20

    $414,510

    2020/21

    $913,740

    2021/22

    $26,350

    2022/23

    $ -

    2023/24

    $ -

    2024/25

    $ -

    2025/26

    $ -

    2026/27

    $23,050

    TOTAL

    $2,772,040

    The cost per Council maintenance activity is as follows:

    • Dredging: $1,652,940
    • Rock Protection reinstatement: $384,600
    • Beach Zone renourishment: $688,000
    • Drainage Outlet repairs: $5,000
    • Minor revetment wall repairs: $1,500
    • Reactive (flood) Maintenance: $40,000

    Council established an operational reserve (within the General Fund) for canal maintenance in 2003. Revenue collected from the boating structures licence fee is allocated to this reserve. The annual income from the licence fee is approximately $95,000.

    As at July 2016 the reserve had a balance of $598,092 with anticipated income of $95,000 for the 2016/17 financial year, leaving a balance of $693,092.

    Council has allocated the identified 2017/18 funds of $594,880 in the draft 2017/18 Operational Plan for canal major maintenance and dredging.

    Based on the annual income of approximately $95,000 being allocated to the canal maintenance reserve there is a shortfall of approximately $1.2 million across the ten years for the funding of the Canal Maintenance Plan.

    Council will need to consider a suitable funding mechanism for the identified shortfall when the final plan is adopted.


    A draft report has been produced and prior to finalising the plan with its subsequent implementation starting in the 2017/18 financial year, final community consultation on the draft plan is required.

    Council staff have already engaged with approximately 70 canal residents over two engagement sessions in early 2016 and received 161 survey responses.

    Based on the survey responses received and discussions with residents, the preferred priority of maintenance actions is:

    1. Dredging to restore canal waterway depths
    2. Placement of sand on beach areas
    3. Fill boat ramp edge/end cavities with concrete or rock protection
    4. Concrete crack/chip repairs on revetment walls
    5. Placement of appropriately sized rock protection on beach areas

    In previous community consulatation 83% of responses answered No to supporting the introduction of a special rate to fund a higher level of canal maintenance and only 17% indicating they would support it. However, the majority of those who did indicate ‘yes’ stated that their support was conditional on there being greater transparency and guarantee of the works.

    The feedback received has been incorporated into the plan with some key outcomes being changes to the way private maintenance is approved by Council, a focus on long lasting maintenance actions and acknowledging the need for greater cooperation between Council and the Roads and Maritime Service for controlling boating actives that degrade canal infrastructure.

    The draft Settlement Shores Canal Maintenance Plan has identified a strategic budget that is required to adequately maintain the Settlement Shores canals. The estimated total budget across the 10 years covered by the plan is $2,772,040.

    The estimated financial implications per year are as follows:

    ANNUAL BUDGET

    Year

    Council Expense

    2017/18

    $594,880

    2018/19

    $799,510

    2019/20

    $414,510

    2020/21

    $913,740

    2021/22

    $26,350

    2022/23

    $ -

    2023/24

    $ -

    2024/25

    $ -

    2025/26

    $ -

    2026/27

    $23,050

    TOTAL

    $2,772,040

    The cost per Council maintenance activity is as follows:

    • Dredging: $1,652,940
    • Rock Protection reinstatement: $384,600
    • Beach Zone renourishment: $688,000
    • Drainage Outlet repairs: $5,000
    • Minor revetment wall repairs: $1,500
    • Reactive (flood) Maintenance: $40,000

    Council established an operational reserve (within the General Fund) for canal maintenance in 2003. Revenue collected from the boating structures licence fee is allocated to this reserve. The annual income from the licence fee is approximately $95,000.

    As at July 2016 the reserve had a balance of $598,092 with anticipated income of $95,000 for the 2016/17 financial year, leaving a balance of $693,092.

    Council has allocated the identified 2017/18 funds of $594,880 in the draft 2017/18 Operational Plan for canal major maintenance and dredging.

    Based on the annual income of approximately $95,000 being allocated to the canal maintenance reserve there is a shortfall of approximately $1.2 million across the ten years for the funding of the Canal Maintenance Plan.

    Council will need to consider a suitable funding mechanism for the identified shortfall when the final plan is adopted.


  • Community Consultation Aprl 2016

    about 2 years ago


    * Saturday 2 April 2016, 10am-12noon - McInherney Park (River Park Road)

    * Wednesday 6 April 2016, 4 - 6pm, Francis Street Reserve (Northern end of Francis Street)

    Council staff will be available to answer your queries and provide feedback on the project and canal maintenance activities.

    To have your say you can complete the online survey here or complete the hard copy of the survey form that was mailed out to all residents in the Settlement Shores Estate and return this to Council by Friday 22 April 2015:

    * By email - council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

    * By mail - PMHC, PO...


    * Saturday 2 April 2016, 10am-12noon - McInherney Park (River Park Road)

    * Wednesday 6 April 2016, 4 - 6pm, Francis Street Reserve (Northern end of Francis Street)

    Council staff will be available to answer your queries and provide feedback on the project and canal maintenance activities.

    To have your say you can complete the online survey here or complete the hard copy of the survey form that was mailed out to all residents in the Settlement Shores Estate and return this to Council by Friday 22 April 2015:

    * By email - council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

    * By mail - PMHC, PO Box 84, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

    * By hand - 17 Burrawan St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444


  • About the Settlement Shores Canals

    about 2 years ago

    The Settlement Shores residential canal development is part of a coastal estuary linked to the lower Hastings River built in the 1970’s.

    Conditions placed on development along the canals restrict the development of residential and commercial properties to a position well above the highest known flood level.

    A revetment wall has been constructed along the length of the canals, with the site boundary of each lot extending to a point 2.1 metres below the revetment wall to the nominal high water mark. The revetment wall therefore stands on the property some 2.1 metres in from the rear boundary and forms...

    The Settlement Shores residential canal development is part of a coastal estuary linked to the lower Hastings River built in the 1970’s.

    Conditions placed on development along the canals restrict the development of residential and commercial properties to a position well above the highest known flood level.

    A revetment wall has been constructed along the length of the canals, with the site boundary of each lot extending to a point 2.1 metres below the revetment wall to the nominal high water mark. The revetment wall therefore stands on the property some 2.1 metres in from the rear boundary and forms part of the property.

    A covenant (legal requirement), placed on each property title, states that individual property owners are responsible for the maintenance, and repair if necessary, of the revetment wall. This covenant also gives Council the power to carry out any necessary maintenance if the property owner fails to do so and to charge the cost of that maintenance to the property owner.

    The waterway itself, outside the property boundary, is vested in the Council as a drainage easement, and therefore Council has the responsibility for maintaining the waterways and flood structures within the canals.

    If property owners wish to construct private structures within the waterway, such as boat ramps and jetties, then they are required to get the necessary building approvals from Council. The owners of such structures are required to maintain them and if required undertake repairs. As these private structures are on public land owners are also responsible for having appropriate public liability insurance to cover their structures.

    A second covenant on the title of each of the allotments requires there be no buildings (unless approved by Council), fences, trees or other obstructions within 5.4 metres of the revetment wall in the majority of canals, and 7.9 metres of the revetment wall in the case of The Governors Way.

    The main objective of this covenant is that landowners and/or the Council can gain continuous access along the bank adjacent to the waterway for the purpose of removing flood debris, repairing erosion or damage caused by floods to beaches or revetment walls, or repairing any damage to the slope at the rear of the properties.