Plan to man­age coastal ero­sion en­dorsed

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A PLAN to man­age fu­ture ero­sion of the City of Wan­neroo’s 32km coast­line re­ceived unan­i­mous coun­cil en­dorse­ment last week.

The fi­nal coastal hazard risk and adap­ta­tion plan iden­ti­fied ar­eas of coast­line that were vul­ner­a­ble to coastal ero­sion due to the ef­fects of cli­mate change and out­lined a plan to mon­i­tor and man­age ar­eas at risk.

In mov­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion, Deputy Mayor Nat San­galli said the plan would help the City iden­tify and man­age coastal haz­ards, which would ben­e­fit coastal com­mu­ni­ties.

The first com­po­nent of the plan in­volved a coastal hazard vul­ner­a­bil­ity study on the po­ten­tial im­pact of coastal ero­sion and sea level rise on fore­shore ar­eas over the next 100 years.

The sec­ond com­po­nent con­sid­ered com­mu­nity feed­back through con­sul­ta­tion, which in­cluded letters to res­i­dents po­ten­tially af­fected by sea level rise and a series of work­shops and in­for­ma­tion ses­sions.

“Coastal ero­sion is a sig­nif­i­cant con­cern for our com­mu­nity and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“In ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and assets, there is sig­nif­i­cant de­mand to fur­ther de­velop along the City’s coast­line.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant to un­der­stand what the po­ten­tial im­pacts of ris­ing sea lev­els are.”

Ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port, the City has spent about $8.64 mil­lion since 1999 on coastal man­age­ment works, with most of the work done in Quinns Rocks.

It said the plan could af­fect re­de­vel­op­ment plans for Quinns Car­a­van Park and Yanchep La­goon. Visit www. wan­

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d486101

City of Wan­nero Mayor Tracy Roberts with Deputy Mayor Nat San­galli.

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