Coastal

The coastal environs of the Region are one of the State’s greatest assets in terms of its community, cultural, economic and environmental values.  The coast offers lifestyle and tourist experience that appeals and is accessible to the majority of Western Australians and visitors. They underpin present and future employment opportunities and provide habitat to a diverse range of fauna and flora.

The south west has the second most extensive beds of seagrass on the WA Coastline and; has three important estuaries  (the Leschenault Estuary, Vasse Wonnerup Ramsar listed system and the Hardy Inlet),  which are important areas for waterbirds and in particular migratory birds in south-western Australia. The south west coastal environs are also one of the State’s greatest assets in terms of its community, cultural, economic and environmental value.

Our Coastal Program aims to protect and improve the biodiversity of and address the threats to the environmental values of  the broader coastline, coastal habitats  and nearshore marine environment of the South West Region, particularly through the implementation of activities to rehabilitate ecosystem functions of those systems and through community engagement that lead to habitat management, protection and towards behaviour change reducing people’s footprint on those environmental assets.

This program takes a landscape-scale approach to the broader coastline and associated coastal habitats of the South West Region through:

  • Implementing the science-based management frameworks set out in the Water Quality Improvement Plans (EPA, 2008 and DoW, 2009) developed under the Australian Government’s Coastal Catchment Initiative;
  • Addressing relevant threats to coastal species and habitats,
  • Increasing community engagement and skills by providing technical support to stakeholders and groups through facilitation, awareness raising programs and the delivery of co-joined coastal rehabilitation projects with partners.