Draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan

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The City is seeking community and stakeholder feedback on a draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP). The CHRMAP identifies areas and assets that could be potentially impacted by coastal erosion and inundation hazards (over the next 100 years), due to storm events and currently projected sea level rise, and makes recommendations about how we respond to those challenges (i.e. it recommends an ‘adaptation framework’).

Background Information

The City has been developing the CHRMAP over the last several years, as required by the Western Australian Planning Commission’s State Planning Policy 2.6: State Coastal Planning Policy (SPP2.6), and given consideration to the Commission’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning Guidelines. The Guidelines provide a risk management approach to responding to the forecasted impacts of coastal hazards.

The development of the CHRMAP has included coastal hazard modelling to determine the extent to which the coastline is likely to be vulnerable to coastal erosion and inundation. A consultant was engaged to prepare a report on the technical aspects of the project. Importantly, the CHRMAP has been informed by a ‘Community Coastal Values Survey’ undertaken in 2018, as well as several public information sessions.

How can I get involved?

Community/stakeholder engagement and involvement continues to be an important part of the CHRMAP process. The CHRMAP will be advertised for public consultation on 21 May 2021 and written submissions may be lodged until close of business on Tuesday, 28 September 2021.

Three public information sessions will be held on:

Please RSVP to these sessions by clicking on the links above.

Staffed information displays will be available to the public on:

  • Thursday, 27 May 2021 at the Busselton Central Shopping Centre between 11.00am – 3.00pm.
  • Thursday, 3 June 2021 at the Dunsborough Centrepoint Shopping Centre between 12.00pm – 4.00pm.

A further two online public information sessions will be held via Zoom on:

If you wish to attend a public information session please register your interest by clicking the links above.

The City is seeking community and stakeholder feedback on a draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP). The CHRMAP identifies areas and assets that could be potentially impacted by coastal erosion and inundation hazards (over the next 100 years), due to storm events and currently projected sea level rise, and makes recommendations about how we respond to those challenges (i.e. it recommends an ‘adaptation framework’).

Background Information

The City has been developing the CHRMAP over the last several years, as required by the Western Australian Planning Commission’s State Planning Policy 2.6: State Coastal Planning Policy (SPP2.6), and given consideration to the Commission’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning Guidelines. The Guidelines provide a risk management approach to responding to the forecasted impacts of coastal hazards.

The development of the CHRMAP has included coastal hazard modelling to determine the extent to which the coastline is likely to be vulnerable to coastal erosion and inundation. A consultant was engaged to prepare a report on the technical aspects of the project. Importantly, the CHRMAP has been informed by a ‘Community Coastal Values Survey’ undertaken in 2018, as well as several public information sessions.

How can I get involved?

Community/stakeholder engagement and involvement continues to be an important part of the CHRMAP process. The CHRMAP will be advertised for public consultation on 21 May 2021 and written submissions may be lodged until close of business on Tuesday, 28 September 2021.

Three public information sessions will be held on:

Please RSVP to these sessions by clicking on the links above.

Staffed information displays will be available to the public on:

  • Thursday, 27 May 2021 at the Busselton Central Shopping Centre between 11.00am – 3.00pm.
  • Thursday, 3 June 2021 at the Dunsborough Centrepoint Shopping Centre between 12.00pm – 4.00pm.

A further two online public information sessions will be held via Zoom on:

If you wish to attend a public information session please register your interest by clicking the links above.

  • Update - 27 October 2021

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    The draft ‘Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan’ (CHRMAP) was adopted by the Council for public consultation purposes on 24 February 2021 and an extended public advertising period conducted between 21 May – 28 September, 2021.

    The main purpose of the CHRMAP will be to: ‘…identify the current and projected extent of risk to public assets, public infrastructure and environmental/social/cultural values from coastal hazards, including those arising from projected sea level rise, and to provide a meaningful framework for responding to those hazards, including financial modelling, for recommended adaptation pathways over a 100-year timeframe.’

    During the public consultation period an extensive community engagement process was initiated by the City and staffed information displays and community information sessions organised in both Dunsborough and Busselton centres. For interested community members and other parties who were unable to attend these, a series of online or specially convened information sessions were also provided.

    There was an encouraging level and range of community interest, enquiry, conditional support and strong concern received by the City in regard to proposed recommendations made in the draft CHRMAP. A total of over 80 formal submissions were received from over 60 individual submitters.

    City officers are now preparing a detailed ‘Schedule of Submissions’ for inclusion in follow-up reporting to the Council, in either late 2021 or early 2022. Certain defined actions to be undertaken by the City before any subsequent final determination on the draft CHRMAP will be recommended in that report.

    It is reminded that this important CHRMAP project and process remains in draft form and there will be further opportunities provided for community information and engagement in subsequent stages of assessment, determination and implementation.

    The City wishes to acknowledge and thank those members of our community who have actively participated in this important strategic process to date; your observations, suggestions, concerns and constructive feedback will all help inform the further critique and refinement of the draft CHRMAP.

Page last updated: 27 Oct 2021, 06:03 PM