Researchers from The University of Western Australia are working with the Peron Naturaliste Partnership and nine local government’s (Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Dardanup, Harvey, Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham, Waroona) on a regional coastal monitoring program covering approximately 200 kilometres of coast and estuarine areas between Rockingham and Busselton (Point Peron in Rockingham and Cape Naturaliste in Busselton).

The project aims to improve our understanding of the erosion and changes to the coastline over the last few decades to help with future planning for a sustainable, long-term coastal monitoring program. The project is the first of its kind for the region with a unique collaboration that is includes a university, nine local governments and a regional coastal organisation.

The team will complete monitoring of the coast which will include measuring beach widths’, collecting aerial photography and existing data to map changes to the coastline over time. Researchers expect to see some interesting data on changes to the coastline over the last few decades over the next 12 months’.