City Recognised for Coastal Management

Date07 October 2019

The City of Rockingham has been recognised for outstanding coastal management practices at the 2019 Western Australian Natural Resource Management and Coastal Conference.

The conference saw the City win the 2019 WA Coastal Awards for Excellence - Local Government category. 

Presentation of coastal award on stage at the conference.

The award was presented to the City for commitment and contribution to the planning and management of Western Australia’s coast, in recognition of the City's Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP).

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,” Mayor Sammels 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 the Honourable Chris Tallentire MLA, on behalf of the Honourable Rita Saffioti, Minister for Planning.

The conference is a highly regarded event in the environmental community and has been held regularly since the 1990s.

Image: Chris Tallentire MLA (on behalf of Planning Minister Rita Saffioti) presents City of Rockingham Coordinator Sustainability and Environment Natalie Elliott with the award. Picture: Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.   

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