Our Coastal Future

Developing the Town of Port Hedland's Coastal Foreshore Management Plan (CFMP)


Click here to have your say!

Revised: 27 July 2020

The coast is always changing. Cyclones, erosion and rising sea levels are significant challenges which need to be planned for and managed into the future. The Town is developing a Coastal Foreshore Management Plan (CFMP) to protect and enhance the stretch of coast from Marapikurrinya Park through to Six Mile Creek.

A CFMP is a plan that provides recommendations and specific actions for managing the coastline. The plan proposes ways to protect existing assets, modify or relocate assets and suggests new assets to enhance part of the coast and protect its value to the community. 

For the Town, the plan will be informed by the Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) and studies completed after the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Veronica. 

Over the coming weeks, the Town will be holding the first round of community consultation to inform the development of the Plan, including meetings, surveys and workshops. To learn more, please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

WHAT IS a coastal foreshore management plan?

A Coastal Foreshore Management Plan (CFMP) is a plan that provides recommendations and specific actions for managing the coastline. The plan proposes ways to protect existing assets, modify or relocate assets and suggests new assets to enhance parts of the coast and protect its value to the community. 

For the Town of Port Hedland, the design scenarios will take into account the impacts of coastal erosion and flooding highlighted in the 2019 Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) and studies completed after the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Veronica were reviewed.

These studies identify options to mitigate coastal hazard risks and assess the most preferable options.  Options include sea walls, sand nourishment, groynes and other measures including avoiding further development in coastal areas, and some of these options are already well on the way to being delivered.

The CFMP will recommend other actions that will support implementation of the short-term requirements of the CHRMAP. 

WHAT IS OUR COASTAL FUTURE?

Our Coastal Future is the public engagement campaign which informs the development of the CFMP.

WHy is the cfmp being undertaken now?

The area of coastline from Marapikurrinya Park to Pretty Pool, including Six Mile Creek Reserve, contains valuable assets such as beach stairs, seating, shelters and parkland. The area has been directly impacted by erosion and flooding over many years.

The CFMP addresses these negative impacts and proposes ways to protect and enhance the assets within this area or manage the impacts effectively. It is important to plan so that the money spent on rehabilitation and protection of the area is put into effective treatments.

WHo is preparing the CFMP?

The Town is preparing the CFMP with the assistance of a team which is made up of technical specialists in:

  • Coastal management (coastal hazard and risk assessment)
  • Statutory and strategic planning
  • Community engagement
  • Environmental science
  • Landscape architecture

WHen is the cfmp being prepared?

The first stage of engagement for the CFMP runs from late-July and will continue until late-August and includes face-to-face meetings, surveys and workshops. 

After the first engagement period, our team will review the feedback and complete design and engineering analysis.  When this analysis is complete, we will prepare an update for the community so you know how we are progressing. 

The information gathered from the first engagement period will be used to develop background reports and preparation of a draft CFMP.  This draft will be available for public consultation later in the year. 

This final public consultation will enable the Town to understand community preferences more clearly and support the final recommendations for the study area.  

A final CFMP will be presented to Council early next year.

By registering for the project, you will continue to be provided with project updates and opportunities to be involved in developing the recommendations.

how will the cfmp impact me?

The CFMP will propose actions and projects that help to preserve and protect natural and other infrastructure such as playgrounds, park and picnic areas.  Some of the actions may include restricting or reducing access to certain areas or reducing some of the activities allowed in an area. 

Having your say through the process will give us a better understanding of the impacts some of these decisions will make.

HOW can i be involved?

Community and stakeholder engagement is a key component of the CFMP process and your input is very important to the Town.  We want to know what you value the most about your coastal lifestyle, what you would prioritise along the coast and what you consider important for a positive coastal environment.

We're holding two community workshops which you're invited to attend. These are a great opportunity to learn more about the CFMP and contribute your suggestions. Click the links below to register your attendance. 

Thursday 27 August 2020 - Town of Port Hedland Civic Centre Chambers, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday 29 August 2020 - Town of Port Hedland Civic Centre Chambers, 1:00pm-3:00pm