Coastal Crown land buildings and infrastructure
A range of
buildings and infrastructure are located on coastal Crown land which
provide for access and enjoyment of the coastal experience and for
public safety. These can include toilet and shower blocks, lifesaving
clubs, marine rescue services, visitor centres, networks of pathways,
barbeques, piers, jetties and facilities to support recreational
boating and fishing. There are some commercial facilities providing
food and services located on coastal Crown land, and in some areas,
particularly in urban coastal areas they have become prevalent.
and infrastructure give people access to the coast and should provide
for safety, shelter, and recreation, as well as industry needs.
A key challenge for coastal planners and managers is the need to
upgrade ageing coastal infrastructure. There is limited funding
to maintain these assets and their condition varies significantly.
In the future, we will need to abandon, co-locate and relocate some
of these assets to generate economies of scale and to avoid risks
and impacts from climate change.
metropolitan and coastal population has long enjoyed the foreshore
and waters with its accessible coastline, swimming beaches, parks,
trails and piers, recreational fishing, boating, promenading and
cycling. The range of traditional foreshore and coastal activities
has also diversified with new sporting
and recreational trends. But a growing gap between demand and supply
of contemporary facilities is compromising both the potential growth
of activities and the ability to facilitate safe access, sustainable
and enjoyable recreational experiences. Simply trying to meet demand
would place unsustainable demands on the coast.
Any new buildings
and infrastructure on coastal Crown land should be sensitively sited
and designed to minimise visual and ecological impact. Where appropriate,
existing buildings and infrastructure should be consolidated, redesigned,
re-sited or landscaped to minimise visual and ecological impacts.
The rejuvenation of heritage places has the potential to accommodate
new uses and contribute positively to the coastal environment and
coastal Crown land are generally situated in highly desirable, highly
valued beachfront positions, but in many cases do not demonstrate
the excellence in design that their privileged location deserves.
This may be due to the age of the building, poor original design
or a general lack of maintenance. As these building s occupy an
important public space, it is critical that buildings on the coast
are of the highest standard of design form, function and role, and
that the use of the building is maximised throughout the year, for
a broad range of public use. Some club buildings can restrict access
and prevent other uses. Clubs too must recognise their privileged
locations and ensure they meet their net community and public benefit
obligations by working with local user groups and committees of
provision of buildings and infrastructure on coastal Crown
land is coastal dependant, sustainable, accessible, equitable
and meets community needs for coastal and water-based experiences.
the criteria for use and development
on coastal Crown land when considering investment or development
on coastal Crown land.
clear lease agreements are in place and direct revenue from
coastal Crown land, coastal waters or the seabed to coastal
management and to protecting, developing and maintaining the
environment and infrastructure in accordance with approved management
investment in activity nodes and key recreation nodes with significant
community benefit outcomes, and where a genuine need is identified
through a strategic assessment consistent with this strategy.
non-coastal-dependent uses away from coastal Crown land, when
the opportunity arises.
Develop a register of all public assets, buildings and spaces on
coastal Crown land (DSE, PV, CoM).
Develop a long-term approach for planning and managing buildings
and infrastructure that may be affected by climate change risks
and impacts to assist public infrastructure managers adapt to climate
change (DSE, PV, CoM).
Develop a comprehensive asset investment strategy having regard
to their purpose, design and future use, rather than simply maintenance
and renewal. This may include decommissioning redundant assets (DSE,
Explore innovative funding opportunities and sources for funding
coastal infrastructure (DSE, PV, CoM).
Fund the ongoing maintenance of piers and jetties, seawalls, groynes
and other coastal protection infrastructure to an agreed standard
and in accordance with strategic priorities (DSE,
Develop a bathing box and boatshed policy and management guideline
to provide clear direction to the licensees of bathing box and boatsheds,
planners, land managers and decision-makers responsible for Crown
land foreshores containing bathing boxes and boatsheds (DSE)
Lifesaving Club and jetty