Please see below media release from the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch.
The Palaszczuk Government is backing Hinchinbrook Shire Council’s Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) with a $398,645 grant delivered through the state’s $12 million QCoast2100 program.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said QCoast2100 helps councils and communities understand and prepare for storm tide inundation, coastal erosion, and the emerging threat of rising sea levels caused by climate change.
“This new funding will mean council can carry out an assessment of coastal hazards in areas of concern, and identify assets at risk, as well as examine management options to keep the community safe,” Ms Enoch said.
“Engagement and education of the community is another important part of the project – ensuring citizens play a prominent role in shaping the response to this significant issue.”
Current priority zones for protection include the residential areas of Lucinda, Halifax, Taylors Beach and Forrest Beach, impacted agricultural land, and locations that support coastal tourism.
“After using an initial state government grant of $39,200 to complete the initial phase of their CHAS, the council intends to work through the next part of their strategy between now and October 2019,” Ms Enoch said.
“They join 28 other Queensland councils that have already been awarded funding, which is available to all coastal councils.”
The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) is administering the QCoast2100 program and continues to help councils with their proposals and project preparations.
LGAQ President Mark Jamieson said QCoast2100 is accessible to all Queensland coastal local governments, irrespective of their current level of planning, capability and resourcing.
“More than half of Queensland’s 77 councils will be exposed to coastal hazards in the future,” Mr Jamieson said.
“It’s vital that local governments work together to assess risks and identify practical solutions that will help them prepare for flooding, erosion, and other coastal challenges.”