Broome Townsite Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)

The Shire of Broome has received funding from the Department of Planning to prepare a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) for the town site of Broome.

In June 2016, Council received a Coastal Vulnerability Study which examines potential future threats from coastal inundation, erosion, stormwater flooding and climate change. The Study identified that portions of the town site are at risk of coastal hazards, namely inundation and erosion, over a 100 year planning timeframe, with impacts considered at present day, 2040, 2070 and 2110.  

Under State Planning Policy 2.6 – State Coastal Planning Policy, a CHRMAP must be undertaken for areas at risk of coastal hazards. The CHRMAP will development a plan to strategically adapt, as a community, to these risks. The delivery stages of the project include:

  • coastal hazard risk identification and assessment;
  • coastal risk evaluation based on community and stakeholder engagement;
  • identification of adaptation options to mitigate coastal hazard risk; and
  • assessment of adaptation options to identify preferred options.


The Shire held two Community Information Forums on Wednesday, 20 July 2016.  These forums introduced participants to the CVS and CHRMAP projects, and encouraged community members to ask questions prior to the CHRMAP workshops. The Powerpoint presentation from the Information Forums can be downloaded below.

The Shire further hosted two Community Workshops on Tuesday, 16 August 2016. These workshops were interactive and gave participants the opportunity to identify and prioritise assets in the coastal zone, assess the consequence of these assets being affected by coastal hazards, and consider a variety of adaptation options for key areas in Broome, including Chinatown, Cable Beach and Town Beach. The Powerpoint presentation from the Workshops can be downloaded below.

If you were not able to attend one of the Workshops and would like to participate in the exercises or share your thoughts regarding the CHRMAP, please contact the Shire to schedule a meeting by Friday, 9th September 2016. Any feedback received after this date will be provided to the consultants who will soon begin drafting the CHRMAP, but will not be captured in the formal Report of Outcomes that is being prepared to document the community engagement undertaken to date.

Contact Info: Andrew Close, (08) 9191 3456,
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