Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning

The City of Greater Geraldton is facing the adverse impacts of coastal erosion and inundation on our coastlines. The vulnerability of land use and development within the coastal zone from these physical processes is expected to increase in the future. Whilst the scientific community has established that human-induced climate change is occurring, uncertainty remains about the magnitude and extent of the impacts.  Despite the uncertainty, consideration of coastal hazards and the adaptation of appropriate planning responses can provide economic, environmental and social benefits.

Getting Involved in Coastal Adaptation Planning

The City has begun engaging with the community to develop a Coastal Adaptation Plan that addresses the risks of coastal erosion and inundation along our coastline.

Community Coastal Planning Survey

The engagement process began with the Community Coastal Planning Survey which was conducted from 2-23 October 2017. The aim of the survey was to:

  • Identify coastal assets of community value (at risk from coastal erosion and inundation);
  • Gain a better understanding of how the community values assets which are potentially at risk; and
  • Gain an understanding of how the community rates the consequences of erosion and inundation on these assets.

Survey results will be available soon.

Community Coastal Planning Workshops

Two Community Coastal Planning Workshops were held on Saturday 14 October 2017 in the Upper Hall of the QEII Seniors and Community Centre. The objectives of the half-day long workshops were to:

  1. Identify coastal assets of community value (at risk from coastal erosion and inundation);
  2. Determine the coastal hazards scale of consequence for the identified assets;
  3. Define risk tolerances for the identified coastal hazard risks; and
  4. Provide feedback on proposed adaptation options that could address the risks.

Workshop 1 focused on the coastal area from Cape Burney to Town Beach and Workshop 2, focused on the coastal area from the Marina to Drummond Cove.

Read the summary Coastal Planning Community Workshops Report here

Read the full Coastal Planning Community Workshops Report here

View the workshop presentation here

What is coastal adaptation planning?

There are a number of things that must be taken into consideration when developing a plan to adapt to the impacts of climate change on our coast.  Gaining an understanding of how and why our coastline is being impacted is a good place to start. More information can be found on the following webpages:

State Planning Policy SPP 2.6 State Coastal Planning Policy

The Western Australian Government State Planning Policy SPP 2.6 State Coastal Planning Policy provides guidance for land use development decision making within the coastal zone including managing development and land use change; the establishment of coastal foreshore reserves; and to protect, conserve and enhance coastal values. The policy recogniseds and responds to regional diversity in coastal types; requires that coastal hazard risk management and adaptation is appropriately planned; encourages innovative approaches to managing coastal hazards; and provides for public ownership of coastal foreshore areas.

The Policy also enables the community to inform the development of a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan via the community engagement process.  More here

Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning (CHRMAP) Guidelines here

Coastal Adaptation Planning

If you would like to have your say on the development of Geraldton's CHRMAP there are two opportunities available to you.

  1. Take the Community survey where you identify coastal assets that are important and the consequences erosion or inundation will have on them.  Take the survey here
  2. Register to take part in community workshops on Saturday 14 October 2014.  More information here

The process around Coastal Adaptation Planning

There are six steps involved in coastal climate adaptation planning.

  1. Identify challenges
  2. Assess risks and vulnerability
  3. Identify options
  4. Evaluate options and prepare a plan
  5. Take action
  6. Monitor and evaluate

What is Coastal adaptation planning?