Policy sets direction for coastal management

Published: Friday, 29 November 2019 at 9:11:03 AM

The direction Council will take in managing coastal hazards has been determined with the recent adoption of the Coastal Adaptation Policy.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the overarching Policy outlines Council’s position on coastal risk management and provides direction for the development of a local coastal planning policy and implementation plan.      

“One of the biggest challenges our community will have in the coming years is how we are going to adapt to rising sea levels and the resulting coastal erosion and inundation,” he said.

“The Coastal Adaptation Policy is the first step in the process and outlines the four measures Council can take to manage coastal risks.

“The Policy aligns with the State Governments Coastal Planning Policy SPP 2.6 by including avoid as the preferred option for undeveloped land; planned or managed retreat from the coast; and accommodating structures to better withstand inundation events.

“The option to protect is also included in the Policy along with potential mechanisms to raise the required funds to undertake projects which include lobbying State and Federal Governments and consideration in Council’s long-term financial plan.”

Stage 3 in the process of adapting to coastal erosion and inundation is the development of a local coastal planning policy and implementation plan that will focus on what will be done in specific areas when trigger points for erosion or inundation have been reached now and into the future.

Over the coming months the City will review adaptation recommendations outlined in the Geraldton Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning Report and will be engaging with the community on the development of the Local Coastal Planning Policy.

More information on the Geraldton CHRMAP Report here

CHRMAP Timeline flowchart

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