Real action on climate change is finally becoming a reality with the release of a State Government report assessing those areas most at risk of coastal erosion.
The WA Local Government Association said member Councils would be pleased to see the State following their lead in committing to immediate efforts to redress the issue.
WALGA President, Cr Lynne Craigie said the sector had been calling for the report’s release to allow Councils to engage in broader strategic planning for initiatives and activity.
“Our coastline is a national asset that drives our tourism economy and supports many businesses, as well as being a much loved amenity for all Australians,” Cr Craigie said.
“To lose our local beaches as they currently are would have a huge impact, not only on our individual lifestyles and the social and cultural impacts that would bring - but also to our economy and the tourist appeal that these iconic beaches provide.
“This report will allow us to move forward in both planning and activity, and I was pleased to hear the Premier also confirm that coastal management is a shared responsibility between all three spheres of Government, and that he will be raising this at COAG.”  

Cr Craigie pointed to the considerable levels of state government investment in other jurisdictions as setting the standard for the State’s investment.
“While the announcement today of $1.5 million in grants is welcome, the Report highlights the need for funding commensurate with the risks being faced, which will mean we need much more to achieve any real change,” she said.
“At a minimum, we need a detailed, agreed and consistent methodology to look at the economic impact of management options for each of these hotspot locations.
“Whether we like it or not, we are in a climate emergency. This report highlights the imperative for all levels of Government to work in partnership on planning for, and managing, our coast and Local Government looks forward to working with both the State and Commonwealth to agree an effective strategy with appropriate funding.”