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Coastal hazards adaptation program—QCoast2100

The Queensland Government, in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland is investing $12 million to help coastal councils and their communities plan and prepare for storm tide, coastal erosion and rising sea levels resulting from climate change. Open to coastal councils, the investment will attract additional funding through local council contributions and support council decision making along the Queensland coast.

The aim of the QCoast2100 program is to support coastal councils in their progression from identifying coastal hazards and climate change risks through to the decision-making and implementation phases. The Program recognises that Queensland’s coastal councils are at different stages in their adaptation journey, with some yet to commence and others having completed a comprehensive coastal hazard adaptation strategy.

How we plan now is critical to the long-term functionality and protection of homes, businesses, infrastructure and services along the coast. By reducing future exposure to the risks of flooding, storm tides and coastal erosion, it is expected there will be significant financial benefit from avoided impacts.

Coastal hazard adaptation strategy

The purpose of a coastal hazard adaptation strategy (CHAS) is to assess the risk from the projected effects of climate change over the medium to long term; propose adaptation measures to mitigate these impacts; and establish an implementation program for the mitigation measures.

Adaptation strategies are intended to mitigate coastal hazard risk for councils and communities identified through informed, coordinated and timely actions over the long term. Councils will be encouraged to address how coastal hazard risks can be mitigated across all their business areas including their corporate and financial responsibilities, services and infrastructure they provide, emergency response plans and land use planning and development decision-making.

The QCoast2100 program provides guidance to assist local government in preparing and implementing a CHAS. A Minimum Standards guideline outlines a systematic and consistent approach to investigating, analysing and understanding coastal hazard impacts.

For more information about QCoast2100 and details about how to apply for funding please visit the QCoast2100 website.

Townsville Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy Pilot Project

Previously, to assist councils prepare a coastal hazard adaptation strategy, the Local Government Association of Queensland, Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government finalised a pilot coastal hazard adaptation strategy for Townsville (the CHAS project). This CHAS project demonstrated how adaptation planning can be undertaken to avoid or mitigate the risks of coastal hazards for our coastal communities over the short, medium and long term, taking into account the projected impacts of sea level rise.

The CHAS project mapped and identified both potential impacts and subsequent strategies to manage the projected effects of climate change to the year 2100.

The CHAS project delivered the following results:

  • A coastal hazard adaptation strategy for Townsville;
  • A compendium cataloguing a suite of innovative adaptation options relevant to Queensland and will assesses their feasibility, costs and effectiveness in the short and longer terms;
  • An economic analysis report; and
  • A learnings report (including pitfalls to avoid).

Townsville City Council was the first Queensland council to develop an adaptation strategy for managing coastal hazards. The landmark pilot project provides guidance for other coastal councils to develop strategies for their own local government areas.

The CHAS project was undertaken by GHD, in collaboration with the Local Government Association of Queensland, Queensland Government, Townsville City Council and Griffith University, with financial support under the Commonwealth’s Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Program.

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Last updated
2 June 2016
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