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Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning

The Town of Port Hedland is actively working to investigate and manage potential coastal erosion and flooding in the Port Hedland townsite.

Erosion and flooding of coastal areas, particularly during major storm events, has potential to significantly impact on coastal development and enjoyment. If not planned for, coastal processes can damage public and private assets and facilities.

The Town of Port Hedland is identifying the vulnerability of the Port Hedland townsite to coastal processes through a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning (CHRMAP) project. The project supports the state government’s State Coastal Planning Policy No. 2.6 which recommends a risk management approach for decision making relating to coastal hazards.

The project will provide advice on the impacts of a changing coastal environment to determine what built and natural assets are likely to be impacted by those processes with progression of time and as a result of changing sea levels. In consultation with community and stakeholders, the project will develop adaptation plans to address those identified vulnerabilities.

Adaptation planning is about being ready to manage the risks and impacts of changes to our coast line, by planning for the most appropriate decisions and options to implement over time.

The Town will provide regular updates so the community is informed, and will seek feedback from the community on their concerns and impacts to ensure the adaptation plans are robust, fair, and respectful of community and stakeholder values.

Opportunities to be involved

The project will be asking for community feedback as to the importance of coastal values to influence the recommendations of the coastal adaptation plan.


We are asking the community to help us establish community values and evaluate the risks of coastal impacts by completing a short survey. The survey asks the community to tell the project team about the key things they value about Port Hedland’s coastal areas, and how important these things are.

Click here to complete the survey, which closes on 15 December 2017.

Focus groups

We’ll be holding two focus groups (maximum 20 persons per session) at the end of November to get your feedback into values mapping, risk tolerance, and how best to weight criteria in decision making.

The focus groups will be held at Council Chambers, Port Hedland Civic Gardens at the following dates/times:


Thursday 30 November 2017

From 6pm to 7:30pm


Saturday 2 December 2017

From 10am to 11:30am

If you are interested in joining a focus group, please RSVP by emailing eplanning@porthedland.wa.gov.au or contacting Development Services on 9158 9300 before Tuesday 28 November 2017.

Information session

The project team will also be at the Lotteries House South Hedland from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday 2 December to host a community drop-in session on the project. Drop in whenever you like during the event to ask questions about coastal planning and adaptation and complete a survey. This is a great time to share your stories about Port Hedland town and the coast with the project team.

In later project phases, the community will be involved through the release of coastal hazard modelling and risk assessment information, public comment on the draft adaptation plan, and another community information session.

Coastal change and processes

Coastal risks, triggers and decision-making

Community engagement timeline