City of Joondalup preparing for coastal erosion resulting from climate change


The coastal survey will ensure the community’s views are included in future plans.
The coastal survey will ensure the community’s views are included in future plans.

THE City of Joondalup is taking steps to identify and prepare for potential future changes to its coastline from climate change such as erosion and storm surges.

It released a survey today to better understand how the community values and uses the coast, beaches and foreshore areas. Feedback will be used to identify potential adaptation options for vulnerable coastal areas.

Once these have been identified, the City will undertake further engagement with the community and stakeholders.

This will then form the basis of a Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan for the City.

Mayor Albert Jacob said the City had been preparing and adapting to future impacts on the its coast by informing property owners and the community of the potential risks and undertaking coastal monitoring.

It is also developing an overarching Coastal Infrastructure Adaptation Plan, which the council unanimously endorsed at this month’s meeting.

A council document said there were significant infrastructure assets along the coast including roads, public lighting, drainage, carparks, dual-use paths, playgrounds, parks, community buildings and areas of existing and planned residential development.

“Increasing erosion, inundation and sea level rise have the potential to impact on these natural and built assets and may alter the way these areas can be accessed and enjoyed in the future,” it said.

Mr Jacob said the survey was the next step in engaging with the community to “ensure their views are included in the City’s coastal adaptation planning”.

“The City’s wonderful beaches and foreshore areas are enjoyed by many members of our community including residents, visitors and tourists and I encourage everyone to get online and complete survey to ensure their voice is heard,” he said.

The survey can be completed at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au until June 29.

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