The biennial awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals, community groups, local councils, government agencies and non-government organisations in the planning, management and protection of the State's diverse and extensive coast.
This year's Coastal Champion recipient is Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare's Walter Kolb for his work to restore and conserve the City of Stirling coastal foreshore dunes.
The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) was recognised for its interactive approach to managing coastal hazards through the sharing of information across more than 20 councils, while the Town of Port Hedland was celebrated for its robust planning in the management of coastal hazards.
Further awards went to Perth NRM for its flagship Adopt A Beach and Coastal Capacity Building programs; the Conservation Council of Western Australia for an innovative WA Fairy Tern Network; and the Shire of Broome for the Guwarri Town Beach Redevelopment, which has set a new standard for public open space in the Kimberley.
For more information, visit http://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/coastal-awards