Published: Monday, 30 April 2018 at 12:01:14 PM

The Shire of Dandaragan is preparing for the threats of climate change and sea level rise to the coastal settlements of Cervantes and Jurien Bay. The Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) has been drafted to provide a long term view of the potential future coastal erosion impacts to the townships of Cervantes and Jurien Bay and highlight possible strategies to adapt to the changing future oceanic and coastal conditions. The Shire is now seeking public feedback on the Draft CHRMAP.

Development of CHRMAP has followed the requirements of Western Australian State Planning Policy No. 2.3: State Coastal Planning Policy (SPP2.6) and supporting guideline documents. previous work highlighted the two coastal  townships within the Shire as being at risk of coastal erosion and these areas form the focus of the CHRMAP. The coastal zones of each township were divided into management units (four at Cervantes and four at Jurien Bay) with similar asset types and exposure to coastal hazards. The risk and vulnerability assessment was applied to each management unit and results highlighted the most vulnerable management unit located at Cervantes, for which more detailed assessment of adaptation options were investigated.

 A range of options for addressing the challenges of coastal erosion and it effects on the coastal zone over the next decade and century have been outlined. While it is natural that local communities would prefer to protect and preserve the current features of the coastal zone, the reality is that unless some new and innovative protection methods are development, the costs of maintaining current features will likely become prohibitively expensive at some point across the community.

The Draft CHRMAP is available for viewing at the Shire Administration Centre of Bashford Street, Jurien Bay during normal office hours, or by clicking here.

For further information on the documentation, please contact the Planning Department at the Shire Administration Centre on (08) 9652 0800.

The Shire invites submissions on the Draft CHRMAP, which can be made via email to in writing to be lodged with the undersigned on or before 4:00pm Monday 11th June 2018.

David Chidlow
Executive Manager Development Services
Shire of Dandaragan
PO Box 676

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