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Erosion prone areas

The erosion prone area is the width of the coast that is considered to be vulnerable to coastal erosion and tidal inundation.

Calculation of the erosion prone area is based on: 

  • a sea level rise factor of 0.8 metres 
  • a short-term erosion component from extreme storm events
  • a long-term erosion component where gradual erosion is occurring commonly from channel migration or a sediment supply deficit
  • a dune scarp component, where slumping of the scarp face occurs following erosion
  • erosion risk due to future sea level rise from climate change both by permanent inundation of land by tidal water and the morphological response of the coast to elevated water level
  • a 40% safety factor.

The Coastal hazard technical guide (PDF, 348KB) provides additional information on coastal erosion and storm tide inundation and assessment of erosion prone area widths.

Read more about shoreline erosion management planning.

Erosion prone area plans

Erosion prone areas have been declared for all coastal local government areas in Queensland.

These areas are shown on erosion prone area plans.

These plans are used for development assessment purposes, and to inform the preparation of planning instruments, such as planning schemes and regional plans under the Planning Act 2016.

The plans are listed by local government area in the following table.

Local government area (plans current as at July 2015)Plan number
Aurukun, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama Shires Local Government Area (PDF, 313KB) APK3A
Brisbane City Local Government Area (PDF, 577KB) BRC3A
Bundaberg Region Local Government Area (PDF, 1.7MB) BUR3A
Burdekin Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 1.4MB) BUS3A
Burke, Doomadgee and Mornington Shires Local Government Area (PDF, 225KB) BDM3A
Cairns Region Local Government Area (PDF, 2.4MB) CAR3A
Carpentaria Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 311KB) CAS3A
Cassowary Coast Region Local Government Area (PDF, 2.0MB) CCR3A
Cook Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 3.8MB) COS3A
Douglas Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 1.2MB) DOS3A
Fraser Coast Region Local Government Area (PDF, 2.6MB) FCR3A
Gladstone Region Local Government Area (PDF, 3.7MB) GLR3A
Gold Coast City Local Government Area (PDF, 8.6MB) GCC3A
Gympie Region Local Government Area (PDF, 601KB) GYR3A
Hinchinbrook Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 769KB) HIS3A
Hope Vale Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 577KB) HVS3A
Ipswich City Local Government Area (PDF, 377KB) IPC3A
Isaac Region Local Government Area (PDF, 1.1MB) ISR3A
Livingstone Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 2.3MB) LIS3A
Lockhart River Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 723KB) LRS3A
Logan City Local Government Area (PDF, 378KB) LOC3A
Mackay Region Local Government Area (PDF, 4.4MB) MAR3A
Mapoon and Napranum Shires Local Government Areas and Weipa Town Local Government Area (PDF, 218KB)  MNW3A
Moreton Bay Region Local Government Area (PDF, 1.4MB) MBR3A
Noosa Shire Region Local Government Area (PDF, 2.2MB) NOS3A
Northern Peninsula Area Region Local Government Area (PDF, 748KB) NPA3B
Palm Island Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 300KB) PIS3A
Redland City Local Government Area (PDF, 1.1MB) REC3A
Rockhampton Region Local Government Area (PDF, 446KB) ROR3A
Sunshine Coast Region Local Government Area (PDF, 4.7MB) SCR3A
Torres Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 2.2MB) TSS3A
Torres Strait Islands Region Local Government Area (PDF, 484KB) TSI3A
Townsville City Local Government Area (PDF, 4.0MB) TOC3A
Whitsunday Region Local Government Area (PDF, 3.9MB) WHR3A
Wujal Wujal Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 291KB) WWS3A
Yarrabah Shire Local Government Area (PDF, 557KB) YAS3A

Changing the erosion prone area

The erosion prone area plans are updated periodically as more detailed on-ground studies are incorporated into the mapping.

Any dispute about the extent of the erosion prone area must be accompanied by a report from a suitably qualified person using the methodology outlined in the Coastal hazard technical guide (PDF, 348KB).

For more information email coastal.support@des.qld.gov.au