Have your say about the future of coastal strip image

9 April 2018

The City of Albany is inviting the community to have its say on the future of Emu Point and Middleton Beach through a new online social pinpoint survey.

In the face of future sea level rise and coastal erosion, we want the community to identify the assets they value the most and give feedback on their protection.

This feedback will form part of a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning process being undertaken by the City to explore the values of our prime beaches, future threats, timeframes, treatments and trade-offs.

The City has already gathered risk and vulnerability information and is now taking the next step to assess options for Emu Point and Middleton Beach in the short, medium and long-term.

“We want your input into how we manage these coastal areas into the future and plan for the potential impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion,” Mayor Dennis Wellington said.

“The perception is that in the past, erosion has been dealt with reactively, so we’re trying to be proactive by talking with our community to develop a long-term strategic plan with practical solutions.

“Albany has a strong beach culture and our prime coastal areas are attracting a growing number of visitors each year, so how we manage our beaches in years to come is critical.”

Whether you live or have a business in the area, stay at the caravan parks or just walk your dog along the beach or cycle along the shared path, the City would like to hear from you.

As well as the opportunity to give feedback online, the City is organising additional opportunities for you to be involved, which will include one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders, community consultative workshops and a period of public comment on the draft strategy in early 2019.

“We will be consulting community extensively through this process to ensure its not just expert and independent analysis we are considering, but also the views of our residents and visitors,” Mayor Wellington said.

For more information click here. The project is funded by the Western Australian Planning Commission through the Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program.