Dandaragan Gingin shires to host workshops about coastal erosion hazards

Coastal erosion forecast maps for Lancelin (left), Ledge Point (centre) and Seabird (right).
Coastal erosion forecast maps for Lancelin (left), Ledge Point (centre) and Seabird (right).

THE Shires of Dandaragan and Gingin will release coastal erosion hazard maps and host community workshops this month.

The workshops are part of an ongoing project to plan for the immediate and long term risks associated with coastal erosion, undertaken in accordance with State Coastal Planning Policy.

The shires will seek community input on how to best manage foreseeable changes to coastlines within their boundaries.

“It is vital the community understands the changes occurring to our coastlines and to provide input on managing those changes into the future,” Gingin chief executive Jeremy Edwards said.

Hazard mapping confirms that both public and private assets are vulnerable to coastal erosion over planning timeframes for 2030, 2070 and 2110.

“The erosion hazard mapping confirms that the most vulnerable areas to coastal erosion over the short term (2030) are those where erosion is presently occurring,” Mr Edwards said.

“Those areas that are vulnerable to coastal erosion over the longer term (2070 and 2110) are, unsurprisingly, the lower lying sandy landforms.

“It’s important for the community to keep in mind that these maps do not predict future shoreline positions.

“They show areas that may experience coastal erosion over various timeframes and therefore, are extremely useful for planning purposes.”

Community engagement sessions will be in each shire on the last weekend of May, including at the Lancelin Angling and Aquatic Club on May 28 from 10am-1pm.

At the sessions, the community will have the opportunity to view and discuss the maps, provide information about the uses and values of coastal areas to inform future planning, and see examples of how other communities are adapting to coastal change.

People can arrive or leave at any time during the public sessions and participants will be asked to complete a feedback form at the session.

Coastal engineers, marine scientists, planners and shire representatives will be there to discuss the information.

“These sessions are an important step in the planning process,” Dandaragan chief executive Tony Nottle said.

“The information gathered at these sessions will inform the next stages of the process, which is to begin identifying adaptation solutions for addressing coastal erosion.

“The sessions are open for three hours so we encourage everyone who can make it to come along and provide input, even if that’s just for 10 or 15 minutes.”

For more information, visit www.dandaragan.wa.gov.au or www.gingin.wa.gov.au.