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Coastal Values and Character of Coastal Communities

Perth Coastal Scene

Many of Australia’s coastal communities face unprecedented changes caused by both rapid population growth and increased coastal erosion because of climate change induced sea level rise and increased storm activity.

A key concern for these communities is these changes could lead to a loss of existing values and character of their communities. This research applies an innovation methodology, involving interpretive photography and surveys of beach users to capture the existing character and values of coastal communities. Four cases studies were chosen for stage 1 of this study – Shoalwater (Rockingham), Falcon (Mandurah), Australind (Harvey) and Flinders Bay (Augusta-Margaret River). The study is funded by the National Sea Change Taskforce and the participating local governments.

Research team: Dr Garry Middle (leader) and Rebecca Scherini, both from Curtin.

Presentation: Using photographs to identifying the character of coastal communities (3 April 2013) [.pdf – 8.89MB]