Adaptation ideas lead the conversation with the launch of 1770 CARP

16 March 2023

Thank you to everyone who has contributed their thoughts and insights at our engagement event and online survey.

It is clear that the community is passionate about protecting the Seventeen Seventy foreshore, and we greatly value the collaborate spirit of residents. This is a strong foundation for working together into the future to adapt to the future challenges of coastal hazard management.

Community members at the 1770 CARP Listening Post event on Thursday, 23 February at Air Sea Rescue Park, Seventeen Seventy.

📷 Community members at the 1770 CARP Listening Post event on Thursday, 23 February at Air Sea Rescue Park, Seventeen Seventy.

So far, we've heard...

  • Community members expressing a long-term vision of a balanced, natural, and ‘blended’ approach to adaptation
  • The natural environment, recreational (namely playing, boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming and walking), and the ‘barefoot vibe’ of Seventeen Seventy are defining features of the local area and are critical to the sense of place, belonging and wellbeing expressed by the community.
  • While there was general appreciation of the dynamic nature of the shoreline (e.g. understanding that we can’t ‘fix’ the weather and to some extent will need to live with erosion and inundation), there was also a desire to help protect the shoreline through adaptation interventions.
  • Community members expressed an aspiration for protection and adaption interventions to have minimal impact on the look and feel of the place. For example, there was strong interest and overall preference for nature-based solutions such as revegetation over engineering solutions to asset protection.
  • All the same time, there was also an understanding that some assets that are directly impacted, namely a section of Captain Cook Drive that is currently impacted by erosion, may require more urgent interventions that potentially could include engineering solutions.

We also heard that the community are concerned about broader issues for the area which are outside of the scope of this project. These issues include (but not limited to): parking, capacity of local amenities (namely toilets), sewerage infrastructure maintenance and access to services.

While this project is limited to identifying opportunities for coastal hazard adaption, the overall understanding of broader community values, aspirations and impacts are important contextual considerations for this project and will also be taken on notice by council in relation to other broader planning for the area.

Next step

Please join us for our 1770 CARP Drop-In Session on Thursday, 23 March which will give the community another opportunity to have their say and provide feedback on the information gathering from engagement events so far.

Our project team will be happy to answer any questions related to the project, the impact on coastal hazards and the potential adaption options for the area being considered.

WHEN: Thursday, 23 March – stop by anytime between 1pm and 7pm

WHERE: Agnes Water Community Centre, 71 Springs Road, Agnes Water

WHO: Open to the community, no RSVP required. Children are also welcome as we will have a Kids Corner with colouring in and activities for your little ones to enjoy.