Coastal erosion study shows potential impact on City coastline

The Cape Burney to Greys Beach Inundation and Coastal Processes Study will be presented to the community at an information session.

The Cape Burney to Greys Beach Inundation and Coastal Processes Study will be presented to the community at an information session.

A study on the potential effects of coastal erosion and inundation from Cape Burney to Greys Beach will be presented at a community information session on 8 February 2017.

City of Greater Geraldton CEO Ken Diehm said the Cape Burney to Greys Beach Inundation and Coastal Processes Study was undertaken in preparation for Geraldton wide Coastal Adaptation Planning that will begin this year.

“Before we can begin engaging with the community to develop a Coastal Adaptation Plan we need to understand how sea level rise, coastal erosion and inundation may impact the Geraldton community,” he said.

“MP Rogers, a highly qualified and experienced coastal consultancy who undertook the Study, utilised historical data, water level records, studies on coastal processes, cyclone storm surge modelling and current rates of erosion to make predictions about what may happen to our coastline.

“Maps in the reports show the extent of possible coastal erosion over four different time periods and the areas that could be inundated by different intensities of storm events over these timeframes.”

As the Inundation Study is highly technical, a community information session will be held from 5.30 to 7pm on Wednesday 8 February at the City Civic Centre to present the report findings in laymen terms and dispel rumours.

“Given the technical nature of the Study the City has decided to meet with the community as soon as the report is made public to provide clarity around the findings and prevent the spread of misinformation,” said Mr Diehm.

“During the session, consultants MP Rogers will be presenting the study findings and answering questions.

“The Information Session is open to anyone interested in our coastline and I encourage members of our community to come along.”

The Cape Burney to Greys Beach Inundation & Coastal Processes Study follows two previously completed studies on Point Moore and the area from Town Beach to Drummond Cove.  Both studies are available on the City website.

The Inundation Study will be available on the City’s website www.cgg.wa.gov.au on Tuesday 7 February 2017 after 5.00pm.