The PNP is working on a community focused coastal climate change study - Involving Communities in Developing Coastal Risk Management Frameworks in Western Australia or 'Coastal Values Study'.

A key aim of this Project is to gain a better understanding of what communities currently value on the coast and how these values may be impacted as a result of climate change. The information gathered will then be used to inform the risk management and adaptation planning process to better plan and manage coastal risks.

The study is focussed on 3 sites, one of which is Bunbury Back Beach, from around Wyalup-Rocky Point to Pendal Street, Bunbury.

The project team want to hear from you so that the features of our coast that we love are maintained into the future.

* 1. What suburb do you live in?

* 2. What age group are you in?

* 3. Gender

* 4. Do you have any personal cultural connections to this beach/foreshore or are you aware of any broader cultural heritage significance?

* 5. Do you own or rent a residential property in the City of Bunbury?

* 6. How close to this beach/foreshore do you live?

* 7. How much do you disagree or agree with the following statement. It is important to me that I live close to this beach

* 8. Why is it important to you, what are the benefits?

* 9. Do you operate or work in a business that is associated with the use of this beach/foreshore?

* 10. What is this business and how does it relate to this beach/foreshore and the use of these areas?

* 11. What benefits, if any, does this beach/foreshore offer your business and /or employees?

* 12. Could you estimate what percentage of your trade is a direct result of your proximity to this beach/foreshore?

* 13. Do you belong to a community or social group that use this beach/foreshore?

* 14. What benefits does this beach/foreshore offer your group?

* 15. How often do you visit this beach/foreshore for recreation?

* 16. How long on average do you normally stay?

* 17. What time of the day do you normally visit this beach/foreshore?

* 18. How long have you been coming to this beach/foreshore?

* 19. What are the main activities you do while you are at this beach/foreshore? (select all relevant)

* 20. In terms of benefits to your lifestyle, health and/or wellbeing, how important are your visits to this beach/foreshore?

  1 (not important) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (important) No opinion
Physical fitness
Mental/emotional health
Spiritual/cultural

* 21. In what ways, if any, do you feel a sense of belonging or attachment to this beach/foreshore?

* 22. How important are the following assets and qualities of this beach/foreshore to you?

   1 (not important) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (important) No opinion
Environmental qualities such as clean water, vegetated dunes, native trees and animals
Indigenous and other cultural heritage sites
Public safety
Public facilities such as BBQ’s, toilets, playgrounds, disabled facilities and boat ramps
Facilities for active recreation such as paths for walking, jogging and grassed areas for playing / exercising
Private residences adjacent to beaches
Restaurants, cafes, tourism venues on foreshore areas or adjacent to beach/foreshore
Access infrastructure such as roads, car parks, walkways to beach
Other assets and qualities (indicate below)

* 23. Apart from changes you have seen as a result of building and development, what changes, if any, have you noticed at this beach/foreshore (select all relevant)?

* 24. How much do you disagree or agree with the following statement. I am concerned about the impacts of climate change on coasts generally

* 25. How aware are you about the general impacts of climate change on coasts, such as sea level rise, coastal erosion, flooding and increasing storminess?

* 26. In your opinion, is erosion at this beach/foreshore? (select all relevant)

* 27. How much do you disagree or agree with the following statement. I am concerned that the impacts of erosion, flooding and/or storms will impact my use of this beach/foreshore

* 28. When thinking about what should be preserved from potential future erosion, how important are the following assets and qualities of this beach/foreshore to you?

  1 (not important) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (important) No opinion
Environmental qualities such as clean water, vegetated dunes, native trees and animals
Indigenous and other cultural heritage sites
Public safety
Public facilities such as BBQ’s, toilets, playgrounds, disabled facilities and boat ramps
Facilities for active recreation such as footpaths for walking, jogging and grassed areas for playing / exercising
Private residences adjacent to beaches
Restaurants, cafes, tourism venues on foreshore areas or adjacent to beach/foreshore
Access infrastructure such as roads, car parks and walkways to beach
Other assets and qualities (indicate below)

* 29. Are you aware that installing coastal ‘protection’ structures such as rock walls and groynes can over time, result in increased rates of erosion on the coast and without sand replacement, can lead to loss of the beach in these areas?

* 30. There will probably be a number of different options needed to manage coastal hazards such as erosion and flooding into the future. Please rate your level of support for the following management options for this beach/foreshore

  1 (strongly against) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (strongly support) No opinion
Prevent further development in areas vulnerable to coastal hazards
Remove infrastructure such as car parking and buildings if erosion or flooding affects them
Monitor beach width and remove (retreat) all assets such as buildings and infrastructure  that are likely to be at risk of erosion and/or flooding
Increase building floor levels of any buildings and infrastructure in foreshore areas or adjacent to the beach to accommodate occasional flooding events
Place notifications on property titles advising that asset (land and house) is likely to be affected by coastal erosion and / or flooding
Fence off the dunes and / or revegetate dunes and blow outs
Source and replace sand on beaches
Install coastal protection structures such as rock walls, buried rock walls, groynes
Do nothing
Other (please describe below)

* 31. Is there anything else you would like to add about the value / importance of this beach/foreshore to you, now and in the future?

* 32. If you would like to receive updates and/or be invited to upcoming workshop in your area, please provide contact details

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