Have a say on coast­line ero­sion risks

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

The Town of Port Hed­land is call­ing for res­i­dents to weigh in on the lo­cal coast­line as it in­ves­ti­gates ero­sion risks.

The Town is in the process of in­ves­ti­gat­ing and man­ag­ing coastal ero­sion and the po­ten­tial risk of storm tide flood­ing within the town­site.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive David Pentz said the process would en­sure the coastal adap­ta­tion plan be­ing pre­pared would be ro­bust, fair and re­spect­ful of com­mu­nity val­ues.

“Ero­sion and flood­ing of coastal ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing ma­jor storm and cy­clonic events, has the po­ten­tial to sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact on coastal de­vel­op­ment and en­joy­ment,” he said.

“It is im­por­tant to ac­count for the chang­ing coastal en­vi­ron­ment by plan­ning for th­ese is­sues to re­duce dam­age to pub­lic and pri­vate fa­cil­i­ties.”

An on­line sur­vey has been re­leased to res­i­dents via so­cial me­dia and the Town’s web­site so lo­cals who use lo­cal beaches and fa­cil­i­ties have the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to the process.

The sur­vey al­lows users to high­light the key things they en­joy and value about the coast. The first stage of the project in­cludes un­der­tak­ing a coastal pro­cesses as­sess­ment to iden­tify haz­ards and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

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