Coast is the most for lo­cals

Wanneroo Times - - News -

THE City of Joon­dalup has re­leased the find­ings from its coastal sur­vey.

The sur­vey was held from May 31 to June 29 and its re­sults will be used to de­velop a coastal haz­ard risk man­age­ment adap­ta­tion plan to ad­dress risks of ero­sion and in­un­da­tion along the City’s coast­line.

The City re­ceived 1318 re­sponses, with 88.6 per cent say­ing they vis­ited the coast at least once a week in sum­mer and just un­der 80 per cent vis­it­ing at least once a week in spring.

Re­spon­dents were asked to rate from zero to 10 how im­por­tant it was to them to be able to visit the coast, with 69.2 per cent rat­ing it 10 – very im­por­tant – and more than 90 per cent rat­ing it at 8 or higher, with an av­er­age rat­ing of 9.5.

The most pop­u­lar coastal ar­eas that are po­ten­tially vul­ner­a­ble to fu­ture cli­mate change im­pacts were Mul­laloo and Hil­larys beaches, with 62.1 per cent and 57.1 per cent of re­spon­dents vis­it­ing them most of­ten, along with Pin­na­roo Point/Kal­la­roo (35.8 per cent) and north Burns Beach (32.9 per cent).

The most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties were walk­ing, run­ning or sit­ting on the beach; walk­ing, run­ning or cy­cling on the coastal path; and vis­it­ing cafes, res­tau­rants and shops.

Other feed­back in­cluded the need to limit de­vel­op­ment, and to pro­tect and main­tain the City’s coast­line and its ecosys­tems.

How­ever, re­spon­dents also wanted to de­velop the coast­line in an ap­pro­pri­ate way, par­tic­u­larly with the ad­di­tion of cafes, as well as pro­vid­ing more an­i­mal parks and beaches along the coast, par­tic­u­larly for dogs.

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