Adapting Coastal Cities for Climate Change

The coastline of Western Australia is home to approximately 80% of the State’s population, which is no surprise as Western Australia is often celebrated for its beautiful, pristine beaches. However, the gradual and increasing impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, are forcing a closer look at the management of our coastline and drawing attention to our business-as-usual attitudes to coastal planning. 

It has become clear that consideration of climate change impacts needs to become a priority or we could face losing some of WA’s most valued natural assets, and both public and private infrastructure all along the coast.

Strong State government direction is required to avoid a patchwork approach to a State-wide issue.

Lynn's Coastal Planning Bill

In 2012, after comprehensive community consultation, Lynn developed her Climate Change Readiness (Coastal Planning and Protection) Bill. The purpose of this Bill is to provide for the regulation of planning, development and management in the coastal zone, in readiness for the impacts of climate change. The Bill was re-introduced into Parliament in 2013.

The Bill will plug the gap that currently exists in the WA planning regime, regarding vulnerability to climate change impacts. It will provide for the development of a clear state strategy for the whole coast, identifying areas that are particularly vulnerable.

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