Regional collaboration for coastal managers undertaking coastal monitoring and involving communities in coastal adaptation planning and decision making in Peron Naturaliste region of Western Australia

Miss Joanne Ludbrook, Mr Craig  Perry

1Peron Naturaliste Partnership, Falcon, Australia


The Peron Naturaliste Partnership is collaboration of nine local governments working together in a regional approach to coastal climate change adaptation from Cape Peron to Cape Naturaliste in southwest Western Australia.

This presentation will focus on two of the Partnership’s major coastal adaptation projects (1) Regional Coastal Monitoring Program 2015-2019 and (2) Involving Communities in Developing Coastal Risk Management Frameworks in Western Australia 2017-2018.

The first, a regional Coastal Monitoring Program. This was developed by Damara WA in 2015-2016 and implemented with support by University of Western Australia in 2017-2018. The Coastal Monitoring Program covers over 210kms our coast and estuarine areas and was funded through Department of Transport Coastal Adaptation and Protection Grants. This project is assisting the Partnership and state and local Governments to better understand the coastal dynamics and processes in the region and improve response to erosion and inundation hazards.

Our second major project is a community focused coastal climate change study; Involving Communities in Developing Coastal Risk Management Frameworks in Western Australia 2017-2018, being delivered by the Peron Naturaliste Partnership, Production Function and Curtin University Master Student.

The study focuses on three key coastal sites in the southwest settlements of Rockingham, Bunbury and Busselton. The aim is to gain a better understanding of community values the coast and then identify how these values may be impacted as a result of climate change and to inform the development of a coastal hazard risk management and adaptation planning frameworks. This project was funded through the Coastal Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program. The study has also had expert support from Coast Adapt and Dr. Garry Middle.


Joanne has worked for the Peron Naturaliste Partnership for 6 years. The majority of this work relates to coastal climate change adaptation, to build capacity and support local government in supporting resilient coastal communities in the south west of Western Australia. Joanne is also the Western Australian branch – Volunteer Coordinator of the Australian Coastal Society and a committee member of the Western Australian Landcare Network.

About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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