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QCoast2100 - coastal hazards adaptation program

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 QCoast2100 program supports 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.

Planning 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

A coastal hazard adaptation strategy (CHAS) assesses 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 help mitigate coastal hazard risk for councils and communities identified through informed, coordinated and timely actions over the long term. Councils are 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.

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