Perth coastal recreational usage study

Dr Garry Middle1

1Curtin University , Bentley , Australia


The WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has funded Curtin University to carryout a study called the Perth Coastal Recreational Usage study, due for completion in November 2017.

The purpose of this study is to enable better understanding of usage of the Perth coastline and, in a broad sense, how it functions and how it is valued.  The study will identify the existing broad functions, values and recreational usage of the Perth coastline through a review of the existing information regarding coastal planning and management held by the key coastal planners and managers. This information includes management plans and associated studies carried out in support of these plans. As well, relevant beach users survey data held by the Curtin from the on-going Coastal Values and Character study will be reviewed.

The key output will be a report and a series of hard copy maps that will show an ‘snapshot’ of the recreational usage, functions and values of the Perth coastline. This report will contain information and findings that would be valuable to planners and managers in their decision making, in particular, local government.

The geographic extent of the study – the study area – is the coast and near shore marine areas within the Perth metropolitan region as defined in the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

This presentation will provide a summary of the key findings of this study.


Dr Garry Middle is an adjunct senior research fellow at Curtin University, and an independent member of the board of the Western Australian Planning Commission as an expert in coastal and environmental planning.

About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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