Port Geographe reconfiguration

In 2015, The Department of Transport (DoT) reconfigured the coastal structures at Port Geographe.

DoT has an ongoing responsibility for the performance of the reconfigured coastal structures and provides coastal monitoring, management and maintenance of the Port Geographe Coastal Management Area, which includes the:

  • beach area west of Port Geographe (Western Beach);
  • entrance channel; and
  • Wonnerup Beach.

In 2020, a Technical Working Group provided a report with recommendations to reduce seagrass accumulation and erosion within the Port Geographe Coastal Management Area.

Following community consultation, the recommendations were incorporated into a management plan that includes ongoing:

  • Hydrographic and land surveys
  • Site inspections
  • Photographic monitoring.

The plan also outlines responses to unwanted sand and wrack movement or accumulation, including:

  • Dredging underwater accumulations of material
  • Bypassing accumulated material
  • Wrack pushing
  • Sand importation (for example from local sand pits/quarries).

Map of Port Geographe Coastal Management Area.

  Project background

In 2015, DoT reconfigured the coastal structures at Port Geographe to reduce erosion and seagrass accumulation.  

In 2019, DoT and City of Busselton representatives met with Port Geographe residents to discuss concerns about the performance of the coastal reconfiguration.

During this meeting, DoT and the City agreed that a technical working group should be established.

In early 2020, DoT established a Technical Working Group, which included an independent consultant and 4 technical experts with knowledge and experience at Port Geographe.

The TWG provided a technical review on the performance of the reconfigured coastline at Port Geographe that recommended:

  • changes to current seagrass wrack dispersion and sand bypassing programs
  • investigating options to address ongoing sea wrack accumulation and erosion issues.

DoT released the draft recommendations to the public for feedback.   

This feedback played an important role in shaping the final recommended actions.

The recommended actions were incorporated into a management plan to be implemented over the next 5 years. 

  Water quality

DoT contracts specialists to coordinate water monitoring and sampling in various locations within the Port Geographe artificial waterways and adjacent Geographe Bay.

The artificial waterways are primarily used for boating and are not recommended for swimming, except for 4 beach areas, which are highlighted in green on the map below.

Swimming is not permitted in:

  • the village centre pond
  • the lower canal east area and the upper canal area
  • south of the pedestrian bridge.

Areas where swimming is not permitted are highlighted in red on the map below.

DoT does not recommend eating any seafood caught in the artificial waterways.

Areas in the artificial waterways where primary contact is permitted, not permitted and not recommended.
Areas in the artificial waterways where primary contact is permitted, not permitted and not recommended.

Image: Areas in the artificial waterways where swimming is permitted are marked in green.
Areas where swimming is not permitted are marked in red.
Swimming is not recommended in all other unmarked areas.

  Environmental management and compliance reporting

In 2014, the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority issued the Ministerial Statement 990 to identify and guide DoTís management of the reconfigured coastal structures, entrance channel and adjacent beaches at Port Geographe.

The Port Geographe Coastal Structures Environmental Monitoring and Management Plan (EMMP) was developed to align with the environmental requirements in Statement 990.

DoT is required to provide an annual Statement of Compliance.

  Image gallery: Western Beach (monitoring and performance in 2017)

  Image gallery: Wonnerup Beach (monitoring and performance in 2017)

Page last updated: Fri Jan 20 2023 12:24:49 PM