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Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay Coast Plan and Concept Plan

The Shire of Denmark is currently completing a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan and ten year Concept Plan for the most highly valued sections of beach and foreshore at Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay. The project will identify the vulnerability of these portions of coastline to coastal hazards, like erosion, in order to properly plan development and land use, with emphasis on the next ten years.

The project is being completed with funding support from the Western Australian Planning Commission through the Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program.

What is a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)?

The Western Australian State Planning Policy requires that coastal hazard risk management and adaptation planning should be undertaken in areas at risk of being affected by coastal hazards over a 100-year planning timeframe. The CHRMAP is a five-step process:

  1. Assessment of the hazards – this requires a field survey, analysis of existing physical data and modelling. This stage is COMPLETE. See results of the hazard assessment here. .
  2. Establish the context – this involves the collation of data, collection of community values and identification of assets. This stage is COMPLETE.
  3. Identify and assess the risks – this requires identification of the coastal hazards, determining the vulnerability of coastal assets to these hazards and evaluating the risk of the coastal hazards to the assets over the 10, 50 and 100 year planning timeframes. This stage is COMPLETE
  4. Identification and assessment of adaptation options – identifies the possible adaptation options for the most highly valued coastal assets and then determines an appropriate response plan considering a range of factors including social, environmental and economic criteria. This stage is IN PROGRESS.
  5. Reporting – summarises the outcomes of all the steps above. This stage is IN PROGRESS.
Why do we need a CHRMAP for Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay?

The Shire of Denmark seeks to develop a concept plan for the beach and foreshore at Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay. This will guide development and land use over the next ten years. However, given both areas are currently being affected by erosion of the coastline, we need to understand the vulnerability of the coastlines to coastal processes over the short and long term and properly adapt to any changes before we can plan future use. This is what the CHRMAP will establish and is critical to the concept planning process.

What parts of the coast at Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay are included in the CHRMAP and concept plan?

Ocean Beach – from the rocky headland at the southern end of the beach to the entrance to the Wilson Inlet. See map.

Peaceful Bay – swimming beach, boat launching area and the beach immediately north of this area (southern end of Foul Bay adjacent to the RSL Memorial and the professional fishing lease area). See map.

When can I have input?
  1. A community survey for both Peaceful Bay and Ocean Beach was made available in May/June 2017. The survey invited comment on what you value most about the foreshore and beach at Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay, your vision for future use over the next ten years, current issues and expectations for managing the impacts of coastal hazards.
  2. Comment on the draft CHRMAP and concept plans. The comment period closes at 4 pm Thursday 22 February 2018. A copy of the plans and information on how to submit your comments can be found here

The Shire’s Ocean Beach and Peaceful Bay Foreshore Concept Plan Working Group is actively involved in developing the CHRMAP and concept plans. The Working Group is made up of Shire staff, Councillors, community group representatives and community members. More information about the Working Group can be found here.

Where can I get further information on the CHRMAP and concept plans?

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