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Council planning for our changing coastline

9 July 2019

Fraser Coast Regional Council is planning for increased threats of erosion and higher storm tides along the coastline, and local residents are encouraged to get involved in the process.

Cr David Lewis said Council was keen to hear from the community about what they valued about the Fraser Coast coastline to help identify priorities for the planning project.

“From Burrum Heads in the north, to Tinnanbar in the south, and all areas in between, this project will determine how Council and the community can become more resilient to the effects of coastal hazards,” he said.

“We know that coastal communities are already at risk from sea erosion and storm tide inundation caused by cyclones and other severe storm systems, and these will become a greater threat with rising sea levels.

“The Coastal Futures: Planning Our Changing Coastline project will develop a plan to help protect our community assets and infrastructure, and maintain our unique natural environment here on the Fraser Coast.

“The project is an opportunity for Council and residents to get on the front foot to identify and implement cost-effective mitigation measures over the medium and long term as we plan for development and growth.”

Cr Lewis said Council was launching an online survey and a project page had been set up on Council’s Engagement Hub website

Residents can register their interest to keep updated on the project, or view fact sheets, frequently asked questions, an interactive map and a project timeline via the website.

“We’ll also be seeking feedback through stakeholder group meetings and pop-up information stalls throughout the region in coming months, while a community reference group will be established to make recommendations to Council,” he said.

“We’re starting the conversation with the community to identify important areas of personal, social, economic, cultural and environmental value to assist us when considering adaptation options.”

Council has been allocated $430,000 in funding from the Queensland Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland through the QCoast 2100 program  to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy by September 2020.