Narrawong Camping and Recreation Reserve is a coastal Crown land reserve on the Surry estuary that is used for community recreation and is home to a commercial caravan park.
The beach, estuary and campground are all of significant economic, social and cultural value to the local community. The reserve is the primary public open space available to the community of Narrawong, and includes a playground, sporting oval, adult exercise area, tennis courts, BMX track, boat ramp, public toilets and BBQ areas.
The site is managed by the volunteer Narrawong Camping and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, appointed under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 by our department. Narrawong Holiday Park is privately managed through a lease with the Committee of Management.
The low lying site is extremely vulnerable to flooding from the Surry River, shallow groundwater and coastal erosion. Coastal engineering studies indicate that the site is likely to become increasingly inundated under sea level rise scenarios and further coastal erosion in the future. Coastal erosion and recession mapping indicates that, without intervention, the reserve will be partially inundated by 2030 and completely inundated by 2070, based on a 0.8m sea level rise scenario by 2100.
Management agencies (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Glenelg Shire, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Parks Victoria) are working together to engage the community in adaptation planning, via a working group led by us.
We held an Open House was held in April 2016 to allow the public to raise questions and contribute stories and ideas. We also conducted an online questionnaire for those unable to attend the event.
Following on from this event, we collated and summarised public comments in a Community Responses fact sheet. A full report is also available.
We are currently pursuing funding for erosion prevention works at the site (replacement of the timber sea wall) and for a Local Coastal Hazard Assessment, to provide greater understanding of the likely future impacts and options.