'WA is falling behind' - Renewed call for government action to curb Mandurah coastal erosion

Time for action: Doddi's Beach in Mandurah is listed as a hotspot, while severe storms can play a role in erosion.
Time for action: Doddi's Beach in Mandurah is listed as a hotspot, while severe storms can play a role in erosion.

An environmental organisation comprising representatives from councils across the Peel region has called on the state and federal governments to take more action against coastal erosion in Western Australia.

The Mandurah Mail reported earlier this month that the WA state government had become the first in Australia to release a comprehensive report on coastal erosion.

It details 55 locations across the state - 15 metropolitan and 40 regional - that have varying levels of risk.

Premier Mark McGowan said the cost of nullifying coastal erosion at these at-risk sites would be about $110 million across the next five years.

Three locations within the City of Mandurah were included, with Doddies Beach, Mandurah's Northern Beaches and Falcon Bay identified.

The Peron Naturaliste Partnership is made up of representatives of nine local governments, including the City of Mandurah, Shire of Murray and Shire of Waroona.

The organisation focuses on the importance of dealing with coastal matters, with elected chairperson Mark Jones calling on the governments to act.

"It is important to acknowledge that we are seeing impacts from climate change on our coast and the impacts are projected to increase over time," he said.

"There are no local or state boundaries when it comes to sea level rise and extreme weather events.

"Whilst we acknowledge that the coastal erosion hotspots report is a good start, we are calling on the state and federal governments to do more.

"WA is falling behind other states and needs comprehensive and effective climate change and coastal legislation and polices that provides the framework and necessary resources to deal with this matter effectively."

For more information visit the Peron Naturaliste Partnership website.

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