Future Projects

Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)

Please note: Public Comment now closed.

The City of Albany in conjunction with the community and key stakeholders have produced a draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan ( CHRMAP ) for key coastal assets within the Emu Point to Middleton Beach area.

This CHRMAP is designed to identify coastal inundation and erosion hazards for the area and recommends controls to manage and mitigate the risks, when they should be implemented and what the impact will be in terms of effectiveness and cost.

The draft CHRMAP is based on extensive technical background research and investigations, community and stakeholder values and inputs, recognition of strategic planning and governance interventions available to the City of Albany and the need for culturally and economically acceptable outcomes.

CHRMAP Implementation Plan 

The CHRMAP Implementation Plan is a succinct easy to read stand alone document that provides an overview of the CHRMAP process and details the recommended management options for the key assets at risk.

The City of Albany invites you to provide your feedback on the Implementation Plan via the survey link below.

For further information please contact:

Emma Evans _ Project Officer on 68203015 emmae@albany.wa.gov.au 

CHRMAP Implementation Plan DRAFT May 2019

CHRMAP Feedback Survey

CHRMAP Feedback Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHRMAP

Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) Draft 

CHRMAP Draft Final May 2019

CHRMAP Master Appendices

CHRMAP Appendices

CHRMAP Monitoring Plan

CHRMAP Monitoring Plan

CHRMAP Background Documents

Coastal Vulnerability Study Evocoast

Background Documentation Hazard Mapping Study

Albany Artificial Surf Reef Project

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.

Community Survey

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

City of Albany Artificial Surf Reef Feasibility Survey

Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study - Executive Summary

Artificial Reef Business Case Executive Summary