Coastal & Marine

The Northern Agricultural Region showcases some of WA’s most spectacular coastal ecosystems.

From North of Kalbarri to South of Guilderton and stretching across to the Abrolhos Islands, this region showcases some of WA’s most spectacular coastal ecosystems.

These environments offer rich recreational and commercial opportunities to local communities and visitors. But climate change, urban development, industry and tourism are putting a strain on our unique coastal ecosystems.

NACC is enriching the community’s awareness of the vital part our coastal ecosystems play in maintaining a healthy community and economy.

The NACC coastal team is working with the community, local and state government, educational institutes and Aboriginal groups to conserve, rehabilitate and monitor the region’s coast. By collaborating with others the NACC coastal team will continue to work towards protecting our environment for the health and wellbeing of future generations.

The coastal environment plays an important role in the ecological, cultural and economic value of the region.  In particular, the native vegetation significantly contributes towards the recreational and tourism amenity of the area, as well as providing significant ecosystem services. However, the coastal ecosystem and its unique biodiversity is currently under threat.

NACC’s Coastal Restoration program is working to support the management and re-establishment of the regions marine and coastal environment.

The Coastal and Marine Program can provide support to any community group concerned with looking after our coasts, estuaries and oceans in the NAR.  NACC’s Coastal and Marine Community Engagement Strategy sets out to define the support we can offer.

Examples of the type of support that our team can provide includes:

  • Project delivery advice including ecosystems and species information, in addition to best practice revegetation and rehabilitation techniques
  • Grant application advice including linking information with relevant project professionals
  • Assist in relationship building between key stakeholders
  • Support community initiative and events
  • Provide groups with advice and assistance with strategic and long term planning

NACC works in partnership with local government to develop Coastal Hazard Risk and Adaptation Management Plans to manage land impacted by coastal processes such as, climate change, water levels and stormwater runoff.

These partnerships demonstrate a commitment to take an integrated, informed and measured approach to better understand appropriate locations for future development and placement of coastal infrastructure.

This coastal planning is crucial in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) as the majority of settlements that are located along the regions coastline are on low-lying sandy coastal landforms and as such are heavily impacted on by coastal processes. These coastal processes are the principle source of risk in the coastal zone and generate significant hazards to coastal land and assets.

Coastal hazard risk and adaptation management plans are becoming more critical not just in the NAR but Australia wide, with more than 85 per cent of Australia’s population living within 50km of our coasts and as the impacts of climate change and sea level rise upon our coastal towns increase.

The Coastal Hazard Risk and Adaption Managements Plans are based on the State Government’s State Planning Policy 2.6 – State Coastal Planning Policy. The policy requires development proposals to be considered in the context of coastal hazard risk management and adaption planning undertaken by the responsible authority or proponent of the development. The policy is accompanied by guidelines that outline the recommended process for such planning

To help local governments, NRM and community groups tackle coastal issues, the Department of Planning (DoP) provides assistance through the Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program, while the Department of Transport funds the Climate Adaptation and Protection grants program.

Policy Framework:

State Planning Policy 2.6 (Coastal Planning Policy) 

Scientific Framework:

Sea Level Change in Western Australia – Application to Coastal Planning (2010)

The Coast of the Shire of Gingin and Dandaragan, Western Australia: Geology, and Vulnerability (2012)

Calling coastal volunteers!

Sign up to become a coastal volunteer with NACC today! Trust us, you wont regret it!

Dr Mic Payne
Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator
08 9938 0123
0408 236 371
Tegan Clarke
Coastal and Marine Photomon Project Officer
08 9938 0126
0400 589 209
Vanessa McGuiness
Coastal and Marine Project Officer
08 9938 0108
0448 147 263
Hamish Longbottom
Coastal and Marine Project Manager
08 9652 0872
0448 459 127
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Geraldton’s Big Beach Clean-up
Geraldton’s Big Beach Clean-up
Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaptation Planning
Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaptation Planning
Coastal Native Garden Guides
Coastal Native Garden Guides
Community Photo-monitoring
Community Photo-monitoring
Healthy Estuaries
Healthy Estuaries
Seabird Tracking
Seabird Tracking
Beach Wrack Quantification Study
Beach Wrack Quantification Study
African Boxthorn Control
African Boxthorn Control
Pyp Grass Control
Pyp Grass Control
Beach Clean Up Days
Beach Clean Up Days
Community Engagement & Capacity Building
Community Engagement & Capacity Building
Appreciate Your Beach Program
Appreciate Your Beach Program
Coastal Community Grants Program
Coastal Community Grants Program
Inland to Ocean – School Package
Inland to Ocean – School Package
Oct 01

Sunshine Festival

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Oct 08

Geraldton Big Beach Clean Up

October 8 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Oct 14

Coastal Planning Workshops

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Geraldton
Oct 21

Marine Debris Art Workshop – Saturday

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bluff Point
Oct 22

Marine Debris Art Workshop – Sunday

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bluff Point
Off-Road Vehicle Management
Off-Road Vehicle Management