Planning starts on coast protection

THOMPSON Beach resident Norm Trestrail organised a community meeting in January this year to raise concerns about a beachfront levee for the town. He is showing an area of the town levee where pegs and tape dispalyed proposed changes. – File photo.
THOMPSON Beach resident Norm Trestrail organised a community meeting in January this year to raise concerns about a beachfront levee for the town. He is showing an area of the town levee where pegs and tape dispalyed proposed changes. – File photo.

District Council of Mallala is seeking help from the community to provide vital information for its Coastal Settlements Adaptation Study, which is currently being undertaken.

DCM, in collaboration with the University of South Australia, has commissioned the study to identify strategies to address predicted sea level rise, frequent flooding and coastal erosion in the towns of Thompson Beach, Webb Beach, Middle Beach and Parham.

The study started last month with the gathering of information about the settlement history of the four towns and past flood events, but there are gaps in the information.

At its August meeting DCM approved the draft version of the Coastal Settlements Adaptation Study-State of Play Report and a Community Engagement Strategy, which will seek additional information from the community and direct when and how information about the study is to be released.

“Council wants to ensure that the views and considerations of the residents of Thompson Beach, Middle Beach, Webb Beach and Parham are considered when determining the most appropriate options,” DCM strategic projects coordinator, Carol Muzyk, said.

A second report will provide clear recommendations on the benefits, risks and costs associated with the recommended response strategies for each of the four settlements.

“The study results will enable the community, council, and state government to plan appropriately for the short and long term future of these four coastal settlements,” Ms Muzyk added.

WORKSHOP

Council will soon write to residents of the four towns and invite them to a workshop to hear more about the study and enable the community to provide information needed to complete the study.

The draft State of Play Report is available on Council’s website www.mallala.sa.gov.au.

 

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