Bate Bay Coastal Management Program - 2020/21

The importance of Bate Bay

The Bate Bay foreshore is one of Sutherland Shire’s most important natural assets and is of significant social, environmental and economic value. Extending from Bass and Flinders Point at Cronulla to Boat Harbour at Kurnell, the foreshore encompasses the Shire’s iconic surfing beaches, vegetated coastal dunes and the popular Esplanade pedestrian path.


Overview of the project


Sutherland Shire Council is preparing a coastal management program (CMP) for Bate Bay and its foreshore. The CMP will provide a set of prioritised, coordinated and cost-effective actions that, when progressively implemented, will help ensure the Bate Bay foreshore is ecologically healthy, resilient, attractive and accessible.

This project will build on the positive work undertaken over many decades but take greater account of the complexity of this dynamic stretch of coastline. The project is being undertaken in accordance with the NSW Government’s coastal management framework with support from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and the Sydney Coastal Councils Group.

A copy of the current Bate Bay Coastline Management Plan (2003) is available to view in the Documents section.


Have your say


Input from the local community and groups that value and use the foreshore is essential for the success of the CMP. Council will be seeking this input through a three stage engagement process.


As part of Stage 1 Council is seeking to understand the community’s values, issues and aspirations for the Bate Bay foreshore. The findings from Stage 1 will help in drafting a vision statement for the foreshore and inform further stages of consultation.


Please visit our interactive map below and use the marker pins provided to make a comment about your:


  1. Values: What do you value, like or enjoy about Bate Bay and its foreshore?
  2. Issues: What issues, problems or concerns do you have with Bate Bay and its foreshore?
  3. Aspirations: What would you like to see or experience along the Bate Bay foreshore?

Council will use your input to inform the development of a draft vision statement and possible options for coastal management that you will be invited to review and comment on.

If you have any questions, you can enter it below in the 'Ask a Question' tab or contact Council on 02 9710 0333.


The importance of Bate Bay

The Bate Bay foreshore is one of Sutherland Shire’s most important natural assets and is of significant social, environmental and economic value. Extending from Bass and Flinders Point at Cronulla to Boat Harbour at Kurnell, the foreshore encompasses the Shire’s iconic surfing beaches, vegetated coastal dunes and the popular Esplanade pedestrian path.


Overview of the project


Sutherland Shire Council is preparing a coastal management program (CMP) for Bate Bay and its foreshore. The CMP will provide a set of prioritised, coordinated and cost-effective actions that, when progressively implemented, will help ensure the Bate Bay foreshore is ecologically healthy, resilient, attractive and accessible.

This project will build on the positive work undertaken over many decades but take greater account of the complexity of this dynamic stretch of coastline. The project is being undertaken in accordance with the NSW Government’s coastal management framework with support from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and the Sydney Coastal Councils Group.

A copy of the current Bate Bay Coastline Management Plan (2003) is available to view in the Documents section.


Have your say


Input from the local community and groups that value and use the foreshore is essential for the success of the CMP. Council will be seeking this input through a three stage engagement process.


As part of Stage 1 Council is seeking to understand the community’s values, issues and aspirations for the Bate Bay foreshore. The findings from Stage 1 will help in drafting a vision statement for the foreshore and inform further stages of consultation.


Please visit our interactive map below and use the marker pins provided to make a comment about your:


  1. Values: What do you value, like or enjoy about Bate Bay and its foreshore?
  2. Issues: What issues, problems or concerns do you have with Bate Bay and its foreshore?
  3. Aspirations: What would you like to see or experience along the Bate Bay foreshore?

Council will use your input to inform the development of a draft vision statement and possible options for coastal management that you will be invited to review and comment on.

If you have any questions, you can enter it below in the 'Ask a Question' tab or contact Council on 02 9710 0333.


We'd love to assist in answering your questions about the Bate Bay Coastal Management Program. If your query is not already covered in the FAQs, enter it here and we will aim to respond within 48 hours.

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  • the Sutherland Shire residents have one of the highest incidence of Melanoma in N.S.W and as a result the Council needs to ensures shade trees need to be planted along the esplanade and parks especially from Eleura beach to Wanda Park and streets leading to beach such as Hume road How is the the planting program going to ensure this ?

    Lyn.b asked 3 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your query. Although large shade trees are generally not appropriate for the Esplanade and adjoining parks because of the impact on views, Council has undertaken extensive street tree planting in North Cronulla and elsewhere as part of its 3K Trees 2020 program. As part of this coastal management program, we will continue to look at ways we can improve coastal biodiversity and amenity along the Bate Bay foreshore through ongoing bush regeneration programs.


  • Can the non native trees and noxious plants along The Esplanade be removed and native trees be trimmed for overhanging Branches and opening up the view to be enjoyed by all? all

    GJ asked 3 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. We’ll certainly be looking closely at the native and non-native vegetation along the Esplanade and will consider how we balance having good amenity with healthy native vegetation.


  • I do a lot of ocean swimming and spearfishing around Shark Islandand shelly bech area , and have noticed the growing amount of boat and Jet ski traffic , would it be possible to make that area a 4-8 knot zone , there is a high risk of being run over , while snorkelling and surfing and swimming

    Misti asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your question.  We’ll be working with Transport for NSW which has responsibility for maritime safety, as part of the coastal management program. We can certainly examine your issue of boat traffic in Bate Bay and the option of speed limits. Please keep a look out for more information during the next round of community consultation.