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Capel to Leschenault CHRMAP drop in session

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Published 24 April 2023, updated 23 May 2023

Aerial photograph Bunbury Back Beach south to north

Have your say on our amazing coastline!

Bunbury’s coast is highly valued providing us with places and spaces to live, do business, be active and enjoy. However, the coast is mobile – it is constantly changing through storm events, predicted sea level rise and the changes that people make to the coastline.

The City of Bunbury has partnered with surrounding local government areas – Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Harvey as well as the Peron Naturaliste Partnership (PNP), Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the Southern Ports Authority to develop a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP).

The CHRMAP has been drafted by the Peron Naturaliste Partnership to improve understanding of our changing coastline and to help inform future coastal planning. It includes a technical assessment to understand the existing and predicted coastal processes along with a social assessment, while also considering financial and environmental implications and providing high level recommendations for mitigating erosion and inundation from the ocean.

The City will be holding a community drop-in session next week for discussion of the draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP). The session will be held on Wednesday, 3 May from 4pm to 6pm at Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club and all community members are invited. City staff and the consultants from Water Tech who have prepared the CHRMAP document and recommendations will be available.

In addition to identifying the hazards and risks in the coastal zone, the plans propose short, medium and long-term risk management and adaptation planning options.

The draft CHRMAP is open for public comment until 16 June 2023. To view the draft CHRMAPs and to comment please click here