Coastal Awards

Nominations for the 2019 WA Coastal Awards for Excellence have closed.

Nominations for the 2019 WA Coastal Awards for Excellence have closed. 

Winners will be announced on 1 October 2019 at the WA State NRM and Coastal Conference.

The awards recognise individuals, community groups, schools, local and State government authorities and non-government organisations that have demonstrated success and outstanding commitment to working towards sustainable planning and/or management of WA’s coast.

By nominating for an award, you have the opportunity to:

  • recognise outstanding efforts
  • recognise coastal leaders and innovators
  • showcase achievements and best practices
  • make new contacts and expand networks
  • increase awareness and encourage future participation, support and funding.

Read the Minister's media statement.

This year’s award categories are:

  1. Coastal Champion
  2. Community Group
  3. Local Government
  4. On-ground Coastal Management
  5. Coastal Planning
  6. Coastal Design, Heritage and Tourism

For enquiries, contact the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on 6551 8002 or email

Previous Coastal Award winners

2017 winners
  • Coastal Champion – Dr. Marjorie Apthorpe (Friends of North Ocean Reef – Iluka Foreshore).
    • Special Commendation: South West and Peel Coastal Management Group (CoastSWap).
  • Community Group Effort – South West and Peel Coastal Management Group (CoastSWap) for the Mandurah to Walpole Coastal Stakeholder Forums and Coastal Management Case Studies Project (2014-2017).
  • Local Government award – City of Joondalup for the Coastal Adaptation Planning and Implementation Project.
    • Special Commendation: City of Cockburn for the Coogee Maritime Trail.
  • On-Ground Coastal Management – Batavia Coast Maritime Institute for the Houtman Abrolhos Islands habitat restoration and revegetation project.
  • Coastal Planning Initiative – Cockburn Sound Alliance.
    • Special Commendation: South West Catchments Council for the Coastal Action Plan: Binningup to Walpole.
  • Coastal Development/Design/Tourism Initiative
    • Special Commendation: City of Karratha for the coastal enhancement projects at Karratha Searipple precinct and Point Samson Dampier Foreshores.
  • Special Award: Industry and Community Collaboration Award – Woodside Energy and Conservation Volunteers Australia for the Woodside Coastal Guardians Program.


Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA – Minister for Planning with the 2017 winners

2013 winners
  • Individual Contribution – Kimberly Onton (Birdlife Australia – Shorebirds 2020).
  • Community Group Effort – Conservation Volunteers Australia for the Coastal Guardians project.
    • Special Commendation:  Capes Volunteer Team – Cape to Cape Catchments Group for coastal rehabilitation work following the 2011 Margaret River bushfires.
  • Coastal Heritage Preservation – Curtin University Sustainable Policy Institute in partnership with the Western Australia Marine Science Institute for the Seeing Change: A photographic story from Abrolhos fishers project.
  • Coastal Environmental Initiative – Tangaroa Blue Foundation for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
  • Coastal Development/Design – Department of Environment and Conservation – Midwest Region for the Kalbarri National Park – Coastal Cliffs Restoration Project.
  • Coastal/Marine Research or Education – Dunsborough Primary School and Geographe Catchment Council for Bay OK Day.
2011 winners
  • Individual Contribution (2 awards) – Robyn Benken (Cottesloe Coastcare Association) and Brad Kneebone (Lowlands Coastcare Group / South Coast Management Group).
  • Community Group Effort (2 awards) – Geographe Catchment Council for the “Bay OK” Project and Parry Beach Voluntary Management Group.
  • Coastal Partnership - City of Albany / Elleker Progress & Sporting Assoc. / Southern Aboriginal Corporation / South Coast NRM Noongar Works Team / South Coast Management Group for the environmental restoration work around Torbay Inlet.
  • Indigenous Coastal Achievement - Bardi Jawi Rangers for the Bardi Jawi Cultural Experience Project (Broome).
  • Coastal/Marine Research or Education - Albany Senior High School for the Albany Senior High School Marine Science Program.
  • Coastal Development/Design - Blackwell & Associates Pty Ltd for the Leighton Foreshore Project.
2009 winners
  • Individual Contribution – Kelly Howlett (Chairperson of the Care for Hedland Environmental Association).
  • Community Group Effort - The Fitzgerald Biosphere Group/ Friends of the Wellstead Estuary Group for the Wellstead Estuary Project.
    • Special Commendation:  Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society for the South West Marine Debris Project.
    • Special Commendation:  Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare.
  • Coastal Partnership - Care for Hedland Environmental Association, BHP Billiton, LandCorp and Town of Port Hedland for the Hedland Community Flatback Turtle Monitoring Program.
  • Coastal Planning and Management - South Coast Management Group for the Southern Shores Regional Strategy (2009-2030).
  • Coastal / Marine Research or Education - Marine Futures Project Team (incorporates the University of Western Australia) for the Securing WA's Marine Futures Project (2006-2008).
  • Coastal Development / Design – Landcorp for the Pretty Pool Residential Estate, Port Hedland.
    • Special Commendation:  Shire of Augusta-Margaret River for the Augusta Foreshore Pathway.
  • Coastal Protection and Conservation - Care for Hedland Environmental Association for the Hedland Community Flatback Turtle Monitoring Program.
2007 winners
  • Outstanding Coastal Leadership – Mr. Michael Norman from the Joondalup Community Coast Care Forum.
  • Outstanding Community Group Effort - Roebuck Bay Working Group.
    • Special Commendation:  Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society for the South West Marine Debris Project.
  • Outstanding Partnership in Coastal Planning and/or Management - Department of Environment & Conservation, Midwest Region for the Coastal Assessment and Restoration Project.
  • Local Government Excellence in Coastal Planning and/or Management - Shire of Dandaragan for the Sandy Cape Restoration and Rehabilitation Project.
  • Outstanding Coastal Development, Innovation and/or Design
    • Special Commendation:  Peet Limited for the Burns Beach Estate.
2005 winners
  • Coastal Leadership - Outstanding Individual Achievement - Malcolm Flett - Bouvard Coastcare Group.
  • Outstanding Community Group Effort - Bouvard Coastcare Group and Wellstead Progress Association.
  • Outstanding Coastal Project -
    • On-ground - Career Enterprise Centre.
    • Educational - Christmas Island District High School - Greta Beach Marine Debris Project.
    • Monitoring and Identification - Cape Conservation Group, WWF Australia and the Department of Conservation and Land Management for the Ningaloo Turtle Program.
    • Planning - City of Joondalup for Coastal Foreshore Management “A New Approach”.
  • Outstanding Indigenous Coastal Achievement - Kimberley Aquaculture Aboriginal Corporation.
  • Local Government Excellence in Coastal Planning or Management - Shire of Chapman Valley.
2003 winners
  • Coastal Leadership - Geoff Bastyan, Albany.
  • Outstanding Coastal Group Effort - Joint winners - Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environmental Centre and the Friends of Bluff Point Foreshore.
  • Outstanding Coastal Project - Friends of Bluff Point Foreshore for protecting and managing the local coastal reserve.
  • Outstanding Indigenous Coastal Achievement - Rubibi Land, Heritage and Development Group through the rehabilitation, maintenance and development of Minyirr Coastal Park, Broome.
  • Coastal Town Award - Shire of Esperance.
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