|30 October 2017
Twenty six members of the Southend community attended the first in a series of workshops to discuss the coastal hazards, predicted erosion and possible flooding risks for the town. Last Wednesday night’s meeting was the start of a conversation about the public and private assets at risk.
The workshop was centred around a series of maps showing erosion and flooding risks for 2050 and 2100.
“The maps presented at the workshop show the impacts of coastal erosion and potential inundation if no action is taken” Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower said.
“Council values the knowledge and experience that local people have and the contribution they have made to this planning process”
“The coastline of Southend and Rivoli Bay are important community, natural and economic assets. While storms have always had an impact on local beaches, the coast is increasingly being affected by dune erosion and there is the potential for inundation“
“Without action, coastal assets, public land and infrastructure near the coast at Southend will experience increased erosion and inundation risk“.
This project first came about following the loss of the picnic table and shelter from Eyre Street due to erosion several years ago. Erosion control and repair works had previously been undertaken in an ad hoc manner and the Coast Protection Board was keen to see a strategy put in place before any further investment was made. The current work builds on the coastal processes information contained in the Worley Parsons Rivoli Bay Study from 2015.
Workshop participants were asked to identify the natural and built assets that were important to them and to the town. A discussion on the impacts of erosion and flooding on those assets then flowed into a brainstorming session on the possible solutions both for the short term and longer term. The ideas put forward during the workshop were recorded and will form the basis of the next stage of the project.
The result from the workshops will be a Coastal Adaptation Strategy for Southend. This will describe the assets that the community and Council would like to see protected and outline some of the possible actions that could be taken. This Strategy will be used to seek grant funding and inform future budgets. The project is funded by the Coast Protection Board, the Local Government Association of South Australia, and Wattle Range Council.
The maps and information sheets are on display in the Southend Community Club and available on Council’s website: www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/coastalmanagement.
A follow up workshop will be held in early December.
For further information please contact:
Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (08) 8733 0900 or 0402 177 247