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Coastal Management

The City of Marion has a unique coastline characterised by high cliffs, small coves and rocky beaches.

The coastal area also has the significant cultural presence of the Tjilbruke Dreaming Trail, as well as including the world famous geological formations at Hallett Cove.

The City of Marion has a number of projects that relate to the coast. See below for information on some of these.

Coastal Climate Change Planning

Regional climate change planning highlighted climate change hazards such as sea level rise and increasing storm surges are a risk to the Marion coastline.

In November 2018, Council endorsed the City of Marion Coastal Climate Change Study - a comprehensive analysis of past conditions and future projections.

In July 2019, Council endorsed a Coastal Climate Change Monitoring Plan that highlights areas for future focus and proposes a 5 year monitoring plan. Council has committed to work with the Coast Protection Board to progress this plan including:

  • Visual monitoring of coastal land forms
  • Investigation of 'hot spot' areas following storm surge events
  • Photo-point monitoring
  • Engagement of community and local residents in reporting and detecting change

'Treasuring our coast' workshop series

As part of our commitment to our coast, the City of Marion held a series of workshops themed Treasuring our Coast. Aimed at increasing awareness of coastal issues, the workshops engaged the community and encouraged their active involvement.

The workshops recognise that while council values and is committed to the coast, it is not solely responsible for it. They support collaboration between government and Council partners, as well as with community and between community groups. The workshops also assist council to identify priorities for future work, identify trends and seek ideas and priorities of participants.

Hallett Cove Coastal management study

The City of Marion and the State Government’s Coast Protection Board have completed a Coastal Management Study of the Hallett Cove foreshore.

The study included a 2.5km section of the Hallett Cove beach between the southern edges of council’s boundaries to the northern section of the beach directly in front of the Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

A coastal engineer was engaged to assess the current and potential future coastal management effects at Hallett Cove. This process has identified proactive management strategies that will be considered as part of a broader coastal management plan for the area.

Related reports

Coastal workshop reports