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

The Shire of Broome has just released for public comment the draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP). The purpose of the CHRMAP is to systematically identify coastal inundation and erosion hazards across the Broome townsite, and put in place controls to manage and mitigate the risk in association with the community and stakeholders.

The first step of this process was to prepare a Coastal Vulnerability Study (CVS) to understand potential future threats from coastal inundation, erosion, stormwater flooding and climate change. The Broome CVS was received by Council in June 2016 and identified that portions of the Broome townsite are at risk of coastal hazards, namely inundation and erosion, within a 100 year planning timeframe. 

Since then, the Shire has been developing a draft CHRMAP based on the West Australian Planning Commission’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning Guidelines. The Guidelines provide a risk management approach to dealing with the forecasted impacts of coastal hazards in the future.

The development of the draft CHRMAP has been informed by two community information forums which were held in July 2016 and two community workshops held in August 2016. The information forums introduced participants to the CHRMAP process and the work that has been undertaken as part of the CVS. The workshops provided 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.

A copy of the draft CHRMAP and submission form can be downloaded below. Submissions can be addressed to the Shire of Broome and mailed to PO Box 44, Broome WA 6275; emailed to or handed in to the Shire Administration office at 44 Weld Street by 4pm on 12 June 2017.

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

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