Coastal councils recognised for climate change strategies


Staff and councillors representing the PNP member councils following the Australian Coastal Councils Conference Awards.
Staff and councillors representing the PNP member councils following the Australian Coastal Councils Conference Awards.

COASTAL councils in the region have once again received national recognition for the management and implementation of climate change strategies at a recent conference.

The Peron Naturaliste Partnership (PNP), of which the City of Mandurah is host partner, was awarded the 2016 Australian Coastal Award for Climate Adaptation at the Australian Coastal Council Conference.

The awards were established to raise community awareness of the coastal zone, and encourage coastal planning and management practitioners to strive for excellence.

The PNP received the award for the group’s collaborative approach to the first phase of implementation of a regional Coastal Monitoring Program (CMP) covering about 210km of coastline.

The CMP is being used to tailor specific approaches required by each of the nine participating councils to respond to local coastal erosion and inundation hazards.

The PNP was established for the specific purpose of addressing climate change adaptation and helps participating councils to implement effective responses to climate risks including sea level rise, coastal erosion, and inundation.