Build­ing rules not the fo­cus for other coun­cils

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

COUN­CILS neigh­bour­ing Ned­lands have mainly tack­led the ef­fect of sea level rises on their coastal in­fra­struc­ture and sand dunes but not how build­ing rules could be al­tered.

Cottes­loe was the first Perth coun­cil to re­view how coastal in­fra­struc­ture would be af­fected by sea rises and has had a longterm coastal mon­i­tor­ing project since 2014.

A spokes­woman said the coun­cil wanted data cov­er­ing five to 10 years to iden­tify long-term trends in sand move­ment and so­lu­tions.

Com­mu­nity education would be con­ducted when the amount of change was iden­ti­fied.

At Pep­per­mint Grove, where a rise in wa­ter lev­els could make a vir­tual is­land of Keane’s Point, chief ex­ec­u­tive John Mer­rick said the Shire’s new town plan­ning scheme had de­vel­op­ment con­trols so build­ings were not con­structed in the ar­eas that were at risk.

Homes near Clare­mont Jetty could have the river at their lounge rooms ac­cord­ing to mod­el­ling car­ried out by Coastal Risk Aus­tralia last month.

Clare­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said while that re­port may raise “new pos­si­bil­i­ties”, risk to Clare­mont was found to be “lim­ited” in a 2015 WESROC study.

Mos­man Park and Fre­man­tle coun­cils are work­ing to­gether on a new coastal adap­ta­tion plan for Port, Leighton and Mos­man Park beaches and a draft plan is ex­pected next month.

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