The PNP is delivering a regional coastal monitoring program (covering approximately 200km of coast and estuarine areas) to improve the understanding and capacity to respond to erosion and inundation hazards in the coastal zone. The project developed an implementation strategy for a sustainable, long term and standardised coastal monitoring program and considered present coastal and estuarine monitoring methods in the context of applicability, costs and benefits to determine appropriateness of different monitoring methods.
The project included the following three key outputs:
- Collecting aerial oblique photography and consolidating existing datasets into a new database for use by the member councils.
- Standardised Regional Coastal Monitoring Guidelines for best practice standards and guidelines to assist the member local governments to adopt and implement the monitoring action plan.
- A 10 year Coastal Monitoring Action Plan was also developed to increase the capacity for all member councils to make better use of their resources and to manage coasts more effectively.
The PNP is about to start of the first year of data gathering at key sites across the region. This phase will also involve training of member Council Officers in how to undertake coastal monitoring.
The PNP would like to acknowledge the Western Australian Department of Transport that partly funded this work.