Extracted from ‘The Joondalup Times’ www.communitynews.com.au
The City of Joondalup has released the findings from its Coastal Survey.
The survey was held from May 31 to June 29 and its results will be used to develop a coastal hazard risk management adaption plan to address risks of erosion and inundation along the City’s coastline.
The City received 1,318 responses, with 88.6% saying they visited the coast at least once a week in summer and just under 80% visiting at least once a week in spring.
Respondents were asked to rate from zero to 10 how important it was to them to be able to visit the coast, with 69.2% rating it 10 – very important – and more than 90% rating it 8 or higher, with an average rating of 9.5.
The most popular coastal areas that are potentially vulnerable to future climate change impacts were Mullaloo and Hillarys beaches, with 62.1% and 57.1% of respondents visiting them most often, along with Pinnaroo Point/Kallaroo (35.8%) and north Burns Beach (32.9%).
The most popular activities were walking, running or sitting on the beach; walking, running or cycling on the coastal path; and visiting cafes, restaurants and shops.
Other feedback included the need to limit development, and to protect and maintain the City’s coastline and its ecosystems.
However, respondents also wanted to develop the coastline in an appropriate way, particularly with the addition of cafes, as well as providing more animal parks and beaches along the coast, particularly for dogs.