Our Coastal Future - Port Beach

We're working with Fremantle Ports to investigate options to manage coastal erosion at Port Beach.


The project is supported by the Department of Transport’s Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) grant program. A project reference group has been established with representatives from local and state government agencies and community groups.

In March 2019 we asked for your input to help shape the assessment of coastal management options and inform a concept plan to address coastal erosion in the Port Beach locality for the long term.


An evolving coastline...

This area has undergone substantial changes since the late 1800s with significant impacts from urban development altering the coastline. Port Beach is essentially an artificial beach that was shaped by the early construction work associated with the Fremantle Harbour and Fremantle Port.

The area has continued evolving over the decades, including the more recent Rous Head extension and realignment of Port Beach Road. Various historical uses and developments have resulted in hard infrastructure surrounding Port Beach.

Port Beach is one of Fremantle’s popular beaches, accessed by locals and visitors year round. To browse the history of Port Beach and how it has changed over time, browse the slideshow below.

Historical data confirms that coastal processes such as wind, currents and waves, as well as sea level rise, have contributed to erosion at Port Beach over the last 23 years. The most recent event in 2018 caused significant damage with the receding shoreline compromising the Port Beach car park.

All coastal local governments are required by state planning policy to identify potential coastal hazards and plan for risk management and adaptation. The City of Fremantle coastal hazard assessment carried out in 2016 and 2017 identified the Port Beach area, including Sandtrax Beach, is highly vulnerable to immediate and future coastal erosion. You can find out more in the Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP).


In March 2019 we asked you to tell us how you currently use Port Beach and the values you place on the surrounding facilities and amenity. This information will help shape the assessment of coastal management options for the long term.

For further information on the project please check our frequently asked questions.

We're working with Fremantle Ports to investigate options to manage coastal erosion at Port Beach.


The project is supported by the Department of Transport’s Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) grant program. A project reference group has been established with representatives from local and state government agencies and community groups.

In March 2019 we asked for your input to help shape the assessment of coastal management options and inform a concept plan to address coastal erosion in the Port Beach locality for the long term.


An evolving coastline...

This area has undergone substantial changes since the late 1800s with significant impacts from urban development altering the coastline. Port Beach is essentially an artificial beach that was shaped by the early construction work associated with the Fremantle Harbour and Fremantle Port.

The area has continued evolving over the decades, including the more recent Rous Head extension and realignment of Port Beach Road. Various historical uses and developments have resulted in hard infrastructure surrounding Port Beach.

Port Beach is one of Fremantle’s popular beaches, accessed by locals and visitors year round. To browse the history of Port Beach and how it has changed over time, browse the slideshow below.

Historical data confirms that coastal processes such as wind, currents and waves, as well as sea level rise, have contributed to erosion at Port Beach over the last 23 years. The most recent event in 2018 caused significant damage with the receding shoreline compromising the Port Beach car park.

All coastal local governments are required by state planning policy to identify potential coastal hazards and plan for risk management and adaptation. The City of Fremantle coastal hazard assessment carried out in 2016 and 2017 identified the Port Beach area, including Sandtrax Beach, is highly vulnerable to immediate and future coastal erosion. You can find out more in the Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP).


In March 2019 we asked you to tell us how you currently use Port Beach and the values you place on the surrounding facilities and amenity. This information will help shape the assessment of coastal management options for the long term.

For further information on the project please check our frequently asked questions.

  • Council decision

    about 8 hours ago

    Council item

    An report addressing the current extreme coastal hazard and risk management actions for Port Beach and a progress update on recommendations is going to the Ordinary Council meeting on 11 December 2019.

    The full report is now available on the City's website. It recommends that Council:

    1. Receive the Port Beach Coastal Adaptation Options Report (2019) and note the findings.

    2. Adopt a policy position of managed retreat as the preferred strategy for responding to coastal erosion risk at Port Beach and Leighton Beach, noting managed retreat is implemented over an extended timeframe.

    3. Request officers progress with the Coastal Adaptation and Protection grant funded project to implement the recommendations made in the Port Beach Coastal Adaptations Options Report (2019) to resolve the preferred concept and funding arrangements that will address coastal erosion risk up to 2040, and:

    a. Provide a report and further updates to Council on the outcome of progressing the recommendations made in the Port Beach Coastal Adaptation Report (2019).

    b. Make future grant applications as appropriate in partnership with State government stakeholders and other identified beneficiaries to fund implementation.

    c. Continue to advocate to State government for required funding for implementation of coordinated coastal adaptation responses for the benefit of the community.

    4. Request officers develop a managed retreat strategy for Port Beach, which may consider:

    a. Interim protection of City assets currently exposed to erosion risk, protection or adaptation options.

    b. Public recreation, amenity and access (including Leighton Beach).

    c. Budget requirements.

    d. Timeframes of implementation.

    e. Liaison with affected landowners and stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated approach.

    5. Progress discussions with the Western Australian Planning Commission on the preparation of a precinct plan for the area to resolve coastal setbacks, transport and access, recreation needs, landscape and land use with a view to establishing an enduring and sustainable beach, and advancing integrated planning for this.



    Council meeting details

    This item will be presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting Wednesday 11 December 2019, 6.00pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall, 2 Thompson Rd North Fremantle.

    View the agenda by clicking here or visiting: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/council/agendas-and-minutes

    Members of the public are welcome to ask a question, make a statement or just observe the proceedings at open Council and committee meetings. To find out more see the community participation section on the City of Fremantle website: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/council/mayor-and-councillors/council-and-committee-meetings

    Council item

    An report addressing the current extreme coastal hazard and risk management actions for Port Beach and a progress update on recommendations is going to the Ordinary Council meeting on 11 December 2019.

    The full report is now available on the City's website. It recommends that Council:

    1. Receive the Port Beach Coastal Adaptation Options Report (2019) and note the findings.

    2. Adopt a policy position of managed retreat as the preferred strategy for responding to coastal erosion risk at Port Beach and Leighton Beach, noting managed retreat is implemented over an extended timeframe.

    3. Request officers progress with the Coastal Adaptation and Protection grant funded project to implement the recommendations made in the Port Beach Coastal Adaptations Options Report (2019) to resolve the preferred concept and funding arrangements that will address coastal erosion risk up to 2040, and:

    a. Provide a report and further updates to Council on the outcome of progressing the recommendations made in the Port Beach Coastal Adaptation Report (2019).

    b. Make future grant applications as appropriate in partnership with State government stakeholders and other identified beneficiaries to fund implementation.

    c. Continue to advocate to State government for required funding for implementation of coordinated coastal adaptation responses for the benefit of the community.

    4. Request officers develop a managed retreat strategy for Port Beach, which may consider:

    a. Interim protection of City assets currently exposed to erosion risk, protection or adaptation options.

    b. Public recreation, amenity and access (including Leighton Beach).

    c. Budget requirements.

    d. Timeframes of implementation.

    e. Liaison with affected landowners and stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated approach.

    5. Progress discussions with the Western Australian Planning Commission on the preparation of a precinct plan for the area to resolve coastal setbacks, transport and access, recreation needs, landscape and land use with a view to establishing an enduring and sustainable beach, and advancing integrated planning for this.



    Council meeting details

    This item will be presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting Wednesday 11 December 2019, 6.00pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall, 2 Thompson Rd North Fremantle.

    View the agenda by clicking here or visiting: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/council/agendas-and-minutes

    Members of the public are welcome to ask a question, make a statement or just observe the proceedings at open Council and committee meetings. To find out more see the community participation section on the City of Fremantle website: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/council/mayor-and-councillors/council-and-committee-meetings

  • Analysis & Next Steps

    2 months ago

    The Port Beach Values survey outcomes and considerations of stakeholders of both the beach and surrounding infrastructure were assessed alongside a range of criteria such as technical feasibility. This was combined into a multi-criteria analysis (MCA) to evaluate coastal risk management options.

    The sustainable retention of the beach has come into focus through the study and has raised a number of issues which required further, coordinated investigation to create a long term plan for the sustainable management of the coastal reserve.

    The City is encouraged by the work so far and is exploring all options and finalising the analysis. A report to Council is being prepared and is anticipated to go to the November 2019 committee and Council meetings. All participants and those who have registered will be updated when the agenda is ready and this page will be updated with the latest news.


    The Port Beach Values survey outcomes and considerations of stakeholders of both the beach and surrounding infrastructure were assessed alongside a range of criteria such as technical feasibility. This was combined into a multi-criteria analysis (MCA) to evaluate coastal risk management options.

    The sustainable retention of the beach has come into focus through the study and has raised a number of issues which required further, coordinated investigation to create a long term plan for the sustainable management of the coastal reserve.

    The City is encouraged by the work so far and is exploring all options and finalising the analysis. A report to Council is being prepared and is anticipated to go to the November 2019 committee and Council meetings. All participants and those who have registered will be updated when the agenda is ready and this page will be updated with the latest news.


  • Survey Report

    7 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who completed the Port Beach Values Survey. We received 214 responses and the results can be accessed here.

    Thank you to everyone who completed the Port Beach Values Survey. We received 214 responses and the results can be accessed here.