Coastal Hazard Risk Management
Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)

What is CHRMAP

Our coastlines are constantly changing – from natural events, climate change and from the presence of built infrastructure. The Shire’s coastline is highly valued for its natural environment, landscape and sandy beaches. Within the Shire, Hopetoun beaches are amongst the most visited.

The Hopetoun region has been identified as an ‘erosion hotspot’ (where coastal erosion is expected to impact on public and private physical assets within 25 years).  Therefore, the Shire is developing a Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) to understand ‘coastal hazards’ and ‘risks’ that may impact the coastline in the future and what the options are for managing those.

The State government’s Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning Guidelines (July 2019) provide guidance for decision makers to develop and implement effective CHRMAPs

There are four main adaptation options for managing coastal risk.

  • Avoid
  • Planned or managed retreat
  • Accommodate
  • Protect

Different options are appropriate for different locations taking into consideration the type of coastline, community values, environmental impacts and cost implications.

Click on the video below to find out all about this project.

Get Involved!

Your first opportunity to get involved is to complete a survey to help us understand how you use the coast and what you value about it. The survey opens on 8 February 2022 and closes on 28 February 2022.

To complete the survey, click here.

If you require a hard copy survey, please contact Shire’s project manager, Natalie Bell on (08) 9839 0000 or

Future engagement opportunities include:

  • Attending community drop in session – scheduled for 5 March 2022
  • Attending community workshop – scheduled for June 2022
  • Completing an adaptation options survey – scheduled for June 2022
  • Commenting on the draft CHRMAP – scheduled for late 2022

Information will be made available on this webpage.

To keep up to date with the project please provide your details at the following link.

Project Timeframes

  • Stage 1 Establishing the context – Gaining an understanding of the local context and community values - December 2021 - February 2022
  • Stage 2 Risk identification – Technical investigation to understand the coastal risks - January - May 2022
  • Stages 3 Vulnerability analysis – Technical investigation to understand the vulnerability of the coast- May – July 2022
  • Stage 4 Risk evaluation – Technical investigation to evaluate the risks – July-August 2022
  • Stage 5 Risk Treatment – Identification of risk treatment options - July-August 2022
  • Stage 6 Implementation Plan – Preparation of short, medium and long term implementation plan – August – September 2022
  • Stage 7 Monitor and review – Preparation of ‘’monitoring plan - September 2022
  • Stage 8 Final CHRMAP – Preparation of the draft and final CHRMAP - September 2021 - March 2023



Frequently Asked Questions

Hopetoun Coastal Hazard and Risk Management Adaption Plan

Coastal Hazard Risk Management Guidelines - July 2019

State Coastal Planning Policy - State Planning Policy No. 26