Coastal Survey Outcomes report released

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The City of Joondalup has released a report on the results of feedback obtained from the Coastal Survey undertaken from 31 May to 29 June 2018.

The Coastal Survey results will be used to inform the development of a Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) to address the risks of coastal erosion and inundation along the City’s coastline.

The City collected a total of 1,318 valid responses throughout the 30-day advertised engagement period, with key results as follows:

  • The majority of respondents (88.6%) indicated that they visit the coast at least once per week in summer, and just under 80% visit the coast at least once per week in spring.
  • Respondents were asked how important it is to them to be able to visit the coast on an 11- point slider from 0 — “not important at all” to 10 — “very important”. 69.2% of respondents rate being able to visit the coast at 10 — “very important”. Over 90% of respondents rate it at 8 or above with an average rating of 9.5.
  • The most popular activities along the coast are beach–based (ie walking, running, sitting, relaxing on the sand), coastal path activities (walking, running, cycling on the coastal path), and adjacent commercial/leisure activities (visiting cafés, restaurants, shops); over 80% of respondents indicated that they participate in one or more of these activities.
  • Regarding those coastal areas within the City which are potentially vulnerable to future climate change impacts, Mullaloo and Hillarys Beach are areas that respondents most often visit (62.1% and 57.1% of respondents respectively). Pinnaroo Point/Kallaroo (35.8%) and North Burns Beach (32.9%) are also popular.
  • For each vulnerable coastal area, respondents were asked to indicate their main reason(s) for choosing that location and which coastal spaces (beach, dune, pathways, etc.) of the area they value most highly.

Additional feedback received as part of the Coastal Survey included the need to limit development and to protect and maintain the City’s coastline and its ecosystems. Respondents also indicated a general desire to develop the coastline in an appropriate way, particularly with the addition of cafés, as well as providing more animal parks and beaches along the coast, particularly for dogs.

Almost 900 respondents said they would like to be informed of further opportunities to engage with the City about coastal adaptation by having their name added to the Coastal Vulnerability Stakeholder Notification List.

Stakeholders directly engaged by the City for the Coastal Survey included residents associations, friends and community groups, interested residents and ratepayers and local businesses.