The coastal strip from Shelly Beach to Moffat Beach is a favourite spot for many of us - and we recently asked for your views on what is valued about this coastline.

This survey closed 1 March 2021.

We did this so we can ensure the future management of the area achieves the right balance for our residents, our wildlife and our coastal biodiversity in the future.

Further consultation is anticipated in early July, subscribe to the newsletter to stay informed.


A detailed study of the coastal strip from the southern end of Shelly Beach northward to Tooway Lake is underway. This stretch of coast includes Shelly Beach, Moffat Headland, and Moffat Beach. The investigation seeks to better understand community perspectives on what is valued about this section of coastline and the challenges and opportunities associated with its management. The findings of this investigation will help inform council management of the area.

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Project updates

Interim works

William Street, Shelly Beach:

  • Traffic counters installed on William Street, and the entrance to the William Street Car Park
  • Additional educational signage on William Street, Shelly Beach to be installed
  • Raising of the garden bed and removal of the wire to support the planting of more established shrubs (Lomandra longifolia) under the wooden fence frame located directly in front of the four carpark spaces at the end of William Street - work to begin Monday 11 January 2021.

More information

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Project support

The Shelly Beach to Moffat Beach Coastal Study is being supported as required by engagement and technical specialists.

Urban Enquiry is the office of Cathryn Chatburn — a leading urban designer with 29 years’ experience managing design teams and advancing the expertise of in-house personnel, crafting policy, and facilitating the engagement and input of diverse stakeholders to shape strategies for places that seek to deliver positive environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Her contribution to the country’s built environment spans the nation’s capital, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

Coastal Health Report for the Sunshine Coast

As part of Council’s strategic directions for a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast, we are working to deliver coastal areas that are healthy, resilient to climate change impacts and support sustainable use.

To track the environmental condition and beneficial use of coastal areas along the full length of Council’s Coastline over time and to inform management responses, Council is developing a Coastal Health Report.

A key component of Council’s Coastal Health Report Project, is a community survey that focuses on community values, use and stewardship of local coastal areas across the local government area.

The survey which runs from 1 March to 2 April 2021 is being managed by Healthy Land and Water (HLW) and the Queensland University of Technology and is separate to the Shelley Beach – Moffat Beach Coastal Study that is being delivered in partnership with the community.

Any results/ feedback from this whole of Coastline survey that is relevant to Shelly Beach and Moffat Beach will be made available to the Shelly Beach to Moffat Beach Coastal Study Project Team.