Feedback wanted on Coastal Strategy and Foreshore Management Plan

Published on Thursday, 13 April 2023 at 9:55:20 AM

The community is invited to have their say on a strategy and management plan to conserve, improve and ensure the sustainable management and protection of the City of Greater Geraldton’s natural coastal areas and foreshore recreational spaces.

Since the existing Geraldton-Greenough Coastal Strategy and Foreshore Management Plan was adopted in 2005, significant legislative and State Government policy changes affecting the management of the City’s coastal zones have come into effect.

These include the State Planning Policy 2.6 (SPP2.6) and the adoption of the City’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Planning Report (CHRMAP) in 2019.

The updated Geraldton Coastal Strategy and Foreshore Management Plan (GCSFMP) is informed by the CHRMAP Report and aligns with SPP2.6 requirements within Geraldton’s unique local context.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the strategy and plan will inform Council’s response to the impact climate change is having on our coast.

“It’s no secret our beautiful foreshores and popular coastal nodes are really beginning to feel the impacts of rising sea levels and coastal erosion,” he said.

“More than ever before we need an updated strategy and management plan that will guide how we effectively respond to these changes.”

The objectives of the GCSFMP are to provide and maintain sustainable access and equitable recreational spaces while improving the resilience of the coastal zone’s natural environment.

The management plan also sets out a level of service for coastal recreational spaces which takes into consideration the risk of erosion and inundation identified in the CHRMAP when prioritising maintenance and investment in these coastal areas.

Community members can read the GCSFMP and provide feedback online at . Hard copies of the GCSFMP and feedback forms are also available at the Civic Centre at 63 Cathedral Avenue and the Geraldton Regional Library at 37 Marine Terrace.

The deadline to provide feedback is 9.00am on Monday 15 May 2023.

Picture Caption:  Popular coastal recreation area Rundle Park located at St Georges Beach.

Popular coastal recreation area Rundle Park located at St Georges Beach.

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