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Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Western Australia Projects List

The Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Western Australia (CVA WA) Projects List is intended as a tool for the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH), Department of Transport (DoT), local governments and other interested parties, to use to track and refer to projects relevant to the assessment of coastal vulnerability. It is intended that by allowing greater awareness and sharing of knowledge and methodologies, this tool can contribute to the ongoing improvement in the assessment and understanding of coastal vulnerability.

The listed projects have been chosen on their relevance to the themes of coastal planning, climate change and sea level rise within Western Australia. An arbitrary commencement date of 2005 has been chosen. This tool is intended to be an evolving and interactive inventory of projects, rather than a static or definitive list. On this basis, interested parties and the public are invited to submit recommendations for projects to be incorporated into the list, or provide other comments on how this tool could be improved.

It is important to note that neither DPLH, DoT or the Western Australian Planning Commission have made judgements as to the technical merit of the methodologies used in these studies and in no way endorses any of the projects or their findings.

The list catalogues projects at Global, National, State and Regional, and Sub-Regional to Local scales. The list also contains project information such as the project manager/reference details, study area, project objectives and the project type (see key below the list for an explanation of the project types). While it is somewhat arbitrary to divide the broad range of coastal vulnerability assessment related projects into discrete ‘types’, it can be helpful for quickly seeing the broad nature and scope of a project without delving into its specific objectives and outputs. It could also be helpful for identifying gaps in the type of work being undertaken. Obviously many projects will have broad scopes that sit across more than one ‘type’, but this does not diminish the usefulness of the analysis.
Additional information relating to data sources, methodologies and case studies are also provided below the project list.

If you require further information on the Coastal Vulnerability Assessment WA Projects list please email the coastal planning officer, or fill out an online feedback form.

Coastal Erosion and Stability

There are numerous studies available on the Department of Transport’s website that can aid in understanding how erosion affects the stability of Western Australian coastal infrastructure.

For further information, please visit the Department of Transport’s website:

WA State Coastal Landform Map

The WA State Coastal Landform Map has been updated to reflect the policy changes in State Coastal Planning Policy (SPP 2.6). The map outlines the coastal landform types in WA: sandy, rocky, mixed sandy and rock, coastal lowlands, tidal reaches of inland waters and islands. The indicative risk of landform change for these coastal types is also mapped.

Under SPP 2.6, foreshore reserves should take into account coastal processes based on the physical and biological features of the particular coastal environment, such as coastal landform types. In determining the coastal foreshore reserve it is important to recognise time and space scales in which the landforms and their driving processes operate for the planning timeframe. The planning timeframe should also take into consideration the impacts of climate change on coastal landforms.

Hard copy maps are available for pick up from the Perth Department Office. For more information please contact Sam Bishopp.

The map can be downloaded in low resolution from the links below.

WALGA resources

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has released the Online Climate Change Project Database.  The ‘searchable map’ details climate change projects, programs and policies being developed by proactive Local Governments across the State. The map will provide a complete picture of the depth and breadth of Local Government’s vital contribution to the climate change management space, and is a visual tool for advocacy on future funding and support needs for the sector.

Specific project information includes contact details of the project ‘owner’ so that Local Governments can communicate with their neighbours and colleagues across the sector to ensure that successful projects are shared, celebrated and efforts not duplicated.

View WALGA’s searchable map.

WALGA’s website has various legal opinion documents on potential liability for Local Government in relation to climate change and planning decisions, including a paper on the liability implications for Local Government arising from the management of natural hazards and legal issues concerning disclosure of hazard related information.

Coastal Partnerships

Peron Naturaliste Partnership – Comprises the nine coastal or estuary local governments situated in the south west of WA, along the Peron-Naturaliste coast, i.e. the Cities of Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton and the Shires of Harvey, Waroona, Dardanup, Murray and Capel. Established to undertake climate change vulnerability assessment, mitigation and adaptation planning.

For further information, please visit:

Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance – City of Cockburn, City of Rockingham, City of Fremantle, City of Kwinana, Department of Defence (Defence Support and Reform Group) and Cockburn Sound Management Council. The Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance is undertaking a Cockburn Sound Coastal Vulnerability and Flexible Adaptation Plan Project. The study area for this project covers the Cockburn Sound and Owen Anchorage coastal strip between Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Point Peron, Rockingham, including the east coast of Garden Island.

For further information, see the CVA WA projects list or contact Doug Vickery.

Central Coast partnership – The Shire of Dandaragan, Shire of Gingin and the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) have formed a new partnership that will help communities along Western Australia’s Central Coast take the first steps in preparing for coastal hazards such as inundation and long term erosion. For further information, please contact Ashley Robb.