Public consultation on the Study to identify areas exposed to current and future coastal hazards including erosion and storm tide associated with State predicted rising sea levels will commence the week starting 1 December 2019.
As indicated before, regardless of whether one believes in climate change or not, Queensland Government Policy now dictates that Local Governments have a legal obligation to plan for the forecast impact of climate change into the future. The Study, known as Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS), will assist and inform on approaches to minimise risks to existing infrastructure and properties; new development in areas expected to be at risk from coastal hazards, both now and through to the year 2100; and look to protect intangible assets such as environmental, social and cultural values.
The CHAS, which forms part of the Queensland Government’s QCoast2100 Program, will look at both the frequency and intensity that potential coastal hazards could increase with predicted rising sea levels, and more volatile climate variability.
The Study, although being delivered by Council, is funded by the Queensland Government. For more information about the QCoast2100 Program or the CHAS, please visit www.hinchinbrookcoast2100.com
Public consultation sessions will occur as follows:
Tuesday 3 December 2019
- 5.30pm to 7.00pm Surf Lifesavers Club, 9-23 Palm Street, Forrest Beach
Wednesday 4 December 2019
- 9.00am to 11.00am TYTO Conference Centre, 73-77 McIlwraith Street, Ingham;
- 12.30pm to 2.30pm TYTO Conference Centre, 73-77 McIlwraith Street, Ingham; and
- 5.30pm to 7.00pm Halifax Hall, Argaet Street, Halifax.