CoastSWaP was formed in 1990 to assist coastal managers, particularly local governments to share information and provide solutions on how best to deal with common coastal management problems throughout the South West. The group successfully negotiated with the state and federal governments for the development of a Coastcare program in the South West, which included the employment of staff and project funding.
In 2014 Blair Darvill, an experienced south west coastal facilitator was contracted as Project Officer to develop and with assistance from the CoastSWaP Committee achieved the 2014 outcomes outlined below.
- 4 Coastal Stakeholder Forums held in the Peel–Harvey, Leschenault, Geographe and Capes sub-regions.
- 3 Coastal Climate Change Community Information Sessions conducted in Mandurah, Preston Beach and Bunbury in conjunction with the Peron Naturaliste Partnership.
- CoastSWaP represented at National Coastal Conference in Mandurah through two presentations and the facilitation of a Mandurah – Bunbury field trip.
- Council memberships renewed for Mandurah, Waroona, Harvey, Bunbury and Margaret River Local Governments
- Development of the CoastSWaP website coastswap.org.au
- 210 coastal stakeholders entered into the CoastSWaP database.
- Successful application with Coastwest to conduct 8 stakeholder forums in 2015
- Successful application with Landcare to develop 10 coastal planning and management case studies
- Renewed support and recognition from the South West Catchments Council
- CoastSWaP accepted into Western Australia Landcare Network (WALN) www.landcarewa.org.au and Project Officer Blair Darvill appointed as committee member.