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  • Funded by the NSW Government under the NSW Water Safety

    Black Spots Fund watersafety.nsw.gov.auA NSW Government water safety initiative

    Coastal Public Safety Risk Assessment Munmorah State Conservation Area

    June 2013

  • Coastal Public Safety Risk Assessment: Munmorah State Conservation Area

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    Surf Life Saving New South Wales, Belrose 2013 All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer While Surf Life Saving New South Wales endeavours to provide reliable analysis and believes the contents of this report to be accurate, it will not be liable for any claim by any party acting on such information. All rights are reserved and no part of this publication covered by copyright may be reproduced or copied in any form or by any means except with the written permission of Surf Life Saving New South Wales. We accept no duty of care or liability to you or any third party for any loss suffered in connection with the use of this document.

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    Table of Contents

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ..................................................................................................................................... 5

    SUMMARY OF KEY RECOMMENDATIONS ........................................................................................................ 7

    1. INTRODUCTION, SCOPE & CONTEXT .......................................................................................................... 11

    1.1 INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................ 11

    1.2 SCOPE AND CONTEXT ........................................................................................................................................ 13

    1.3 LIMITATIONS ................................................................................................................................................... 14

    1.4 DEFINITION OF TERMS ...................................................................................................................................... 15

    1.5 PROJECT TEAM ................................................................................................................................................ 17

    2. ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY ................................................................................................................... 18

    2.1 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................... 18

    2.2 SITE IDENTIFICATION ........................................................................................................................................ 18

    2.3 SITE INSPECTION .............................................................................................................................................. 20

    2.4 HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND RISK ASSESSMENT ................................................................................................... 21

    2.5 DATA ANALYSIS .............................................................................................................................................. 21

    2.6 BEACH HAZARD RATINGS AND OVERVIEW............................................................................................................. 22

    2.7 BEACH TYPES AND HAZARD RATINGS ................................................................................................................... 23

    2.8 BEACH TYPE CHARACTERISTIC OVERVIEW AND HAZARDS ......................................................................................... 24

    2.9 FACILITY VISITATION RATES (FVR) ...................................................................................................................... 26

    2.10 FACILITIES ..................................................................................................................................................... 29

    2.11 BEACH USAGE AND INCIDENT STATISTICS ............................................................................................................ 30

    2.12 COMMUNICATION AND CONSULTATION ............................................................................................................. 39

    3. RISK ASSESSMENT FINDINGS ...................................................................................................................... 41

    3.1 ACTION PLANNING PRIORITY (INHERENT RISK)....................................................................................................... 41

    3.1.1 Action Planning Priority Index .............................................................................................................. 41

    3.1.2 Australian Beach Safety and Management Program ........................................................................ 42

    3.1.3 Local Population Rating ....................................................................................................................... 43

    3.1.4 Human/Activity Interaction Rating ...................................................................................................... 44

    3.1.5 Access Rating ....................................................................................................................................... 45

    3.1.6 Action Planning Priority Score .............................................................................................................. 46

    3.2 OVERVIEW OF PRINCIPAL RISK TREATMENTS ......................................................................................................... 48

    3.2.1 Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... 48

    3.2.2 Hierarchy of Risk Treatments (Controls) .............................................................................................. 48

    3.2.3 Education and Awareness Programmes .............................................................................................. 49

    3.2.4 Safety Signage ..................................................................................................................................... 53

    3.2.5 Emergency Marker System .................................................................................................................. 57

    3.2.6 Access Infrastructure and Ongoing Capital Works/Maintenance Programmes .................................. 58

    3.2.7 Public Rescue Equipment ..................................................................................................................... 60

    3.2.8 System of Supervision .......................................................................................................................... 62

    4. EMERGENCY RESPONSE ............................................................................................................................. 69

    4.1 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS/REPORTING (000) .............................................................................................. 69

    4.2 EMERGENCY SERVICE RESPONSE ......................................................................................................................... 70

    5.MONITOR AND REVIEW .............................................................................................................................. 75

    6.REFERENCES ................................................................................................................................................ 76

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    APPENDIX A: ACCESS AND SIGNAGE SCHEDULE

    APPENDIX B: RISK REGISTER AND TREATMENT PLAN APPENDIX C: PUBLIC RESCUE EQUIPMENT APPENDIX D: COVERAGE MAPS APPENDIX E: SURVEY RESULTS

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    Executive Summary This report contains findings and recommendations specific to current International and Australian standards, guidelines and best practice risk management processes. The report contains information specific to locations under the authority of the National Parks Wildlife Service (NPWS) - Office of Environment and Heritage, Lake Macquarie City Council, Wyong Shire Council, Crown Lands, and includes a privately owned area of land subject of a coastal development proposal. These locations include: 1. Catherine Hill Bay Rock Platform 2. Moonee Rock Platform 3. Moonee 4. Flat Island 5. Little/Ghosties 6. Timber 7. Bongon Head 8. Snapper Point

    9. Bongon Beach 10. Frazer Park 11. Deadmans/Gravelly 12. Wybung Head 13. Little Birdie/Waterfall 14. Red Ochre Rock Platform 15. Birdie 16. Budgewoi

    Activities/Facilities The area is predominantly administered by the NPWS and sees year round public usage and recreational activity, namely hiking, swimming, surfing and rock-fishing. However, specific data relating to total public usage and user trends are limited. A number of facilities support coastal usage and activities including well maintained car parks and key beach access, two camping areas, public toilets/changing rooms, BBQs and picnic tables. Hazards/Risks Though outlined in more detail within the report and appendices, The Munmorah State Conservation Area