Murray CHRMAP

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Citizen science and input from a community reference group will assist in the development of a plan to manage Murray’s river and estuary environments.

A coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plan is needed to mitigate the impacts and risks of coastal hazards including erosion and inundation, on the Peel Harvey Estuary and tidally influenced portions of the Murray and Serpentine Rivers.

Through a collaborative, objective and comprehensive study, we will gain a deeper understanding of our coastal areas which will be used to develop a long-term strategy to support future coastal management and planning decisions.

Our coastal areas are an intrinsic part of life in Murray, as home to tens of thousands of water birds and other important flora and fauna and housing a range of recreation, conservation, residential and commercial assets.

The increasing extent and frequency of coastal hazards will pose even greater risks into the future and we need to act to protect our environment, character, amenity and way of life

The CHRMAP project will be overseen by a steering group made up of community, Shire and state agency representatives as well as a community reference group.

Two community information sessions were held in late-November. Check out the information package for a visual overview of the project.

Get involved:


Citizen science and input from a community reference group will assist in the development of a plan to manage Murray’s river and estuary environments.

A coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plan is needed to mitigate the impacts and risks of coastal hazards including erosion and inundation, on the Peel Harvey Estuary and tidally influenced portions of the Murray and Serpentine Rivers.

Through a collaborative, objective and comprehensive study, we will gain a deeper understanding of our coastal areas which will be used to develop a long-term strategy to support future coastal management and planning decisions.

Our coastal areas are an intrinsic part of life in Murray, as home to tens of thousands of water birds and other important flora and fauna and housing a range of recreation, conservation, residential and commercial assets.

The increasing extent and frequency of coastal hazards will pose even greater risks into the future and we need to act to protect our environment, character, amenity and way of life

The CHRMAP project will be overseen by a steering group made up of community, Shire and state agency representatives as well as a community reference group.

Two community information sessions were held in late-November. Check out the information package for a visual overview of the project.

Get involved:

  • Community Drop In Session

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    Two community drop in sessions were held in late-November to:

    • Showcase the project
    • Provide opportunity for community members to get involved
    • Gain an understanding of community concerns around the Shire's internal coastline

    Over 60 members of the community attended the sessions and registered their interest in the project.

    Some of the concerns raised were:

    • Retaining walls, including replacement costs, lifetimes and process
    • The potential of re-examining building footprints
    • The challenge created by having differing lot levels
    • Concerns about ecological changes to wetlands, specifically of salinisation
    • Anecdotal evidence of how the rivers have changed in living memory
    • How the erosion data presented will be helpful throughout the process.