It is recognised around the world that increasing sea levels and larger storms will intensify coastal hazards such as coastal flooding, storm erosion and long-term shoreline recession. This is a particular concern for the Capel to Leschenault coastal region, as it is relatively low lying, includes a number of waterways and is subject to ocean forces.

To address this matter, the Peron Naturaliste Partnership and a number of its local government members – City of Bunbury & Shire’s of Capel, Dardanup & Harvey have partnered with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions, Department of Water & Environmental Regulation and Southern Ports Authority to develop a Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaptation Plan.

The Plan will improve our understanding of coastal, estuarine & riverine features, processes & hazards and the vulnerability of the coastal zone (including areas influenced by coastal and riverine processes); identify vulnerability trigger points and timeframes for short, medium & long term risk management and adaptation planning; and develop appropriate adaptation options.

The PNP on behalf of the alliance has engaged coastal consultants, Water Technology and are also working with the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage and Department of Transport. The project is part funded by a State Government Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program grant.

To keep up to date and to get involved please visit the Peron Naturaliste Partnership website at



Media Contact:

Joanne Ludbrook

Coastal Adaptation Coordinator

Email: [email protected]