The coastline of Emu Point and Middleton Beach is a vital component of the identity of Albany. Adapting to changing sea levels, coastal erosion and inundation will be critical in maintaining our special relationship with these iconic areas.
The City of Albany has been working with the State Government and coastal specialists to define potential erosion risks and timelines for Middleton Beach and Emu Point. The City has endeavoured to find out what people value most about Middleton Beach and Emu Point and is currently working with the community to determine options for adapting to coastal erosion.
This process will produce a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) which builds on previous community engagement and data collection. Council and the community will draw on this information to determine possible treatments and consider the implications, trade-offs, planning mechanisms and timeframes.
In early 2019 we will give everyone the opportunity to have their say about the proposed options for future management of coastal erosion, whether you live in Middleton Beach, Emu Point, the broader area of Albany or elsewhere.
Background information is currently available by visiting: https://albany.mysocialpinpoint.com/chrmap#/
A document will be released for community review and input in early 2019.
To be included on the mailing list or to find out more about the project, contact Emma Evans, City of Albany Major Projects Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 6820 3015.
- CHRMAP Printable Survey 2018 (2MB)Survey CHRMAP Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan printable survey 2018
- Emu Point to Middleton Beach Frequently Asked Questions (1MB)Emu Point to Middleton Beach Frequently Asked Questions
- November 2017 Community Update Coastal Hazard, Risk, Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) (574KB)Community Update Coastal Hazard, Risk, Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)
- Coastal Hazard Mapping - How to Interpret Hazard Map (169KB)Coastal Hazard Mapping. How to Interpret Hazard Map
- Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Erosion Hazard Maps (2MB)Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Erosion Hazard Maps
- Coastal Hazard Mapping - How to Interpret Inundation Map (170KB)CHRMAP - Coastal Hazard Mapping - How to Interpret Inundation Map
- Emu Point to Middleton Beach Inundation Maps (2MB)Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Inundation Maps
- CHRMAP Implementation Plan 2017 2018 180418 (666KB)CHRMAP Implementation Plan Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation and Protection Strategy 2017 2018 updated 18 April 2018
Albany Artificial Surf Reef
The aim of the Artificial Surf Reef (ASR) Project is to develop a reef structure at Middleton Beach to harness the existing wave energy and swell to produce a consistent surfable wave.
The concept of an artificial surf reef in Albany has been around for at least 20 years and has been heavily driven by the community.
In March 2015, the City of Albany engaged specialist consultant engineers to investigate and prepare a report for the feasibility of an ASR at Middleton Beach. Royal Haskoning DHV (RHDHV) prepared the Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study which found that providing surfing amenity at Middleton Beach, through the construction of an ASR was feasible. The ASR is to be designed specifically for beginner to intermediate surfers; given the lack of suitable surfing waves close to town centre.
The main aim of the study was to consider:
The creation of a consistent, surfable wave, which maximises available swell conditions and is central to Albany, driving benefits in tourism, economic development and retention of Albany’s younger age demographic.
A community survey was undertaken in February 2015. A total of 732 feedback documents were received; the largest response for any City of Albany community survey ever undertaken, with Community Survey results revealing 90% support for the creation of an Artificial Surf Reef at Middleton Beach.
ASR Business Case Summary
In October 2016 a Business Case for the ASR was prepared by Keston Technologies with specialist input from RHDHV and Bond University Business School. The Business Case found that the ASR would:
- Diversify and grow the regional economy
- Provide a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of 3.52 derived from; hosting surfing events, uplift in visitation and length of stay and complimenting adventure tourism. This basically means that for every $1 spent on the ASR it will return $3.52
- Provide a significant tourism drawcard in Albany’s winter season
- Provide an increase in the number of visitors and how long they stay
- Deliver a recreational project that contributes to Albany’s liveability and reputation as one of WA’s key tourism destinations
- Amazing South Coast Surf Reef (474KB)Amazing South Coast Surf Reef Middleton Beach
- City of Albany Artificial Surf Reef Feasibility Survey (486KB)Results of Feasibility Study on Artificial Reef
- Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study - Executive Summary (693KB)Executive Summary 13 July 2015
- Artificial Reef Business Case Executive Summary (491KB)Artificial Reef Business Case Executive Summary
Emu Point Wind Data
The below graphs show live data from the Emu Point Anemometer. This is located on top of the navigation beacon at Emu Beach and measure wind speed, direction, and gusts.
The Ellen Cove Swimming Enclosure project has been funded by a $200,000.00 State Government grant along with Council setting aside $30,000.00 a year for maintenance over the enclosure's three year trial period.
The enclosure is an Aquarius Barrier and is exciting new shark exclusion technology designed to protect swimmers without affecting other marine life or the environment.
The Swimming Enclosure trial aligns with the aims of a new Tourism Australia campaign to highlight and enhance aquatic and coastal visitor experiences.
- Middleton Beach Swimming Enclosure Information Sheet (942KB)Middleton Beach Swimming Enclosure Information Sheet