WALIS Marine Group

The WALIS Marine Group's (WMG) focus is all things marine such as coastlines, fishing zones, marine parks, coastal habitats, and more.

The WALIS Marine Group (WMG) was reconvened in April 2007 after an absence of a few years. Its primary function is to facilitate the capture of marine data in areas affected by the marine environment and to promote the use, management and retention of this information on behalf of the WALIS community in accordance with WALIS presentation principles.

The group provides a focus for marine and coastal issues and information. The WMG facilitates the coordination and availability of marine and coastal data in order to continuously improve the effectiveness of surveying cartographic and analytical resources. View the WMG Strategic Plan for 2009-2012 and 2013-2016.

If you would like to get in touch with a WMG member or contribute to the group contact Jenny on 9273 7093 or jenny.smith@walis.wa.gov.au.

WALIS Marine Group projects

The following table gives an overview of the types of projects that the WALIS Marine Group is involved with:

ProjectAreaAgencyDateStatus
Marine Geoscience Coastal Research surveyGeraldtonDepartment of Transport and Curtin UniversityDecember 2010In progress
Land based LiDAR captureNorth West - gauging stationsDepartment of WaterJuly 2010Planned
Land based LiDAR capture

Two Rocks – Busselton
Bunbury Hwy
Collie/ Nannup

Department of WaterFebruary 2010Planned
Land based LiDAR captureTwo Rocks - DunsboroughDepartment of Water and LandgateJuly 2008Complete
Bathymetric LiDAR capture

Two Rocks - Cape Naturaliste
Map 1 - ALL and
Map 2 - SA18

Department of PlanningMay 2009Complete
Regional geophysics surveysEsperance - Balladonia, WindimurraDepartment of Mines and PetroleumAugust 2008In progress
Coastal smartline geomorphic and stability mappingAustraliaUniversity of TasmaniaMay 2008Complete

Managing Coastal Vulnerability (MCV) project

The Managing Coastal Vulnerability Project is a priority project under the Location Information Strategy. The MCV Project commenced late 2013 and concluded on 30 June 2016 with the Department of Transport as the lead agency. The Project Overview document provides high level information, while the final Project Report provides a detailed account of the project.

Key Deliverables include a ‘one-stop shop’ for the discovery of, and access to, all authoritative Western Australian coastal and marine information and delivery of key information to support coastal engineering and modelling of storm event and development impacts.

The Marine and Coastal information can be discovered and accessed via the Open Data and Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) portals. The data can be viewed in the Open Data WA map and will be available as a SLIP Map and data download. 

Objectives of the MCV project
  • State government marine and coastal spatial datasets that are of high use and value packaged and formatted for ease of use
  • increase inefficiencies in the way state government organisations access and manage marine spatial information,
  • increase inter-agency and inter-governmental collaboration of marine data maintenance and distribution.

The stakeholders in this project are the custodians of the data sets to be improved and the users of the data.  The WALIS Marine Group (WMG) is the key body representing both the data custodians and the users.

Datasets included in the MCV project are Oceanographic Services, Hydrographic Services, Coastal Information and Coastal Management information. 

For further information or to discuss the MCV project contact the Project Manager, Ralph Talbot-Smith at ralph.talbot-smith@transport.wa.gov.au or jenny.smith@walis.wa.gov.au.

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