Innovative climate plan wins
The City of Rockingham has been recognised for outstanding coastal management practices at the 2019 Western Australian Natural Resource Management and Coastal Conference.
The City received the Local Government award for its “innovative approach” and commitment to the planning and management of WA’s coast in recognition of the City’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan.
The CHRMAP is a strategic document that informs decision makers and the community of potential coastal hazards, the risks and necessary actions.
It was recently adopted by council and outlines key directions for coastal adaptation in response to potential sea level rise over a 100-year timeframe, while also prioritising management responses over the next 10 years.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was delighted to be recognised for its efforts to proactively address coastal vulnerability.
“The City of Rockingham is known as the place where the coast comes to life so it is imperative that we take a proactive and innovative approach to coastal hazard risk management and adaptation planning,” he said.
“The City has built upon State Government guidelines, worked with technical specialists, and conducted a robust in-house consultation process with community, staff and elected members to develop the CHRMAP.
“We will continue to plan and advocate to the relevant stakeholders to ensure the City is as best equipped as possible to deal with the potential impacts of climate change.”
The WA Coastal Awards for Excellence were announced and presented by Thornlie MP Chris Tallentire, on behalf of the Minister for Planning Rita Saffioti.
Friends of Point Peron were also recognised on the night and were awarded a special commendation, while Peron Naturaliste Partnership was also awarded in the Coastal Planning category.
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