The Town of Port Hedland is finalising a long-awaited foreshore plan which will include changes to beach access pathways to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the Port Hedland coast line. The Town will investigate external sources, including Council-approved grants, to fund the initiative which currently has no financial support. Management sites include Wedge Street to the West End, Cooke Point, Pretty Pool and Six Mile Creek. It follows the Town’s 2020 coastal future campaign to highlight environmental issues along the foreshore, and the coastal hazard risk management and adaption plan. Suggested solutions listed in the current draft include cleaning up cyclone damage, dune stabilisation through re-vegetation, the protection of significant turtle nesting areas, community education, changes to beach access, sand nourishment and seawall construction. The coastline’s cultural economic and environmental value was considered in the initial draft. Town of Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter thanked stakeholders and locals who contributed feedback. “(It’s) a critical framework which will help us protect Port Hedland’s valuable coastline for the next century,” he said. “Our coastline is prone to severe pressures, including coastal erosion, inundation of low lying areas during storms, increasing human impacts and threats to biodiversity. I’m pleased the Town is taking a proactive approach to managing these risks to secure our coastal future.” Final recommendations are based on the insights of more than 1000 residents.