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The Western Australian coast is a significant asset of the state in terms of its environmental, economic, social and cultural resources.
The Western Australian coast varies in character and patterns of use and includes:
- urban coasts, where the adjacent uses are predominantly residential and commercial and there is a high demand for recreational activity;
- natural coasts, with less intensive hinterland uses and concentrations of tourism and associated recreational activities; and
- remote coasts, with limited opportunity for low key tourism and associated recreational and cultural activities.
There are pressures on the coast for use by different groups in the community for a variety of purposes including a mix of recreational, residential, industrial and commercial uses. Planning for coastal land is about balancing these often competing needs and desires in a way that takes into account the values of the coast, which include its scenic, aesthetic and ecological qualities; recreational opportunities; and social, indigenous, cultural and economic importance. The overall effect of these values contributes to the psychological wellbeing and health of the Western Australian community. The presence of coastal hazards is also an important consideration.
There is also growing pressure on coastal resources as the state's population increases, coastal based industries expand and technological changes make remote areas more accessible. Successful coastal planning today will ensure that current and future generations of Western Australian's can benefit from the opportunities presented by the values and resources of the Western Australian coast.
The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance for decision-making within the coastal zone including establishment of foreshore reserves; managing development and land use change; and to protect, conserve and enhance coastal values. The policy recognises and responds to regional diversity in coastal types; ensures coastal hazard risk management and adaptation is appropriately planned for; and encourages innovative approaches to managing coastal hazard risk.
For more information contact our office on (08) 6551 9000 or see www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/1168.asp.