Have your say on Council’s Living Coast Plan and coastal change

Published 17 November 2022

Living Coast Plan

Moreton Bay Regional Council has developed a draft Living Coast Plan to help our community guard against the effects of coastal change now and into the future.

Mayor Peter Flannery said like other coastal areas, Moreton Bay would soon start to see the effects of sea level change and urged residents to start considering preventative measures for their own properties.

“Coastal living is part of our DNA in Moreton Bay - it’s even in the name - with roughly one third of our 500,000 population living in coastal suburbs,” he said.

“We’ve all suffered the impacts of changing weather systems and intensifying floods, and predictions highlight we will see sea levels change over the coming years and decades.

“Council’s draft Living Coast Plan outlines the best course of action for residents in these areas to take now to prepare their properties, as well as identifying actions for Council and the State Government to improve coastal resilience and infrastructure.

“The Living Coast Plan outlines what residents can do now to make their homes more resilient and what they need to consider by certain dates, but we want to hear from you before it’s finalised.

“It’s anticipated that in years to come we will see king tide events start to impact properties near to the ocean, and there’s potential that waters that could regularly inundate some homes in decades to come if preventative action isn’t taken.

“The impact will be significantly greater during one-off weather events like La Niña, intense storms and the floods we experienced in February/March this year.

“That means we need to act now to make sure our shorelines and our homes are resilient enough to deal with those conditions and our Living Coast Plan will underpin that work.

“Council has undertaken extensive research and conducted community consultation across each part of our coastline to ensure we take appropriate action where possible.

“I urge all residents, but especially those in coastal areas, to go online and read the Living Coast Plan so that we can get your feedback as part of a strategy that will protect us for years to come.

“Council officers will also be conducting pop-up information sessions across key locations this month for residents who’d like more information in person.

“Together we can ensure our future as we continue ‘Going Green as We Grow’ across the entire Moreton Bay region.”

The Living Coast Plan is part of Council’s Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy, which received funding support from the State Government’s QCoast2100 Program. 

More than 30 Queensland local governments have participated in the program.

Residents can submit their feedback between now and 16 December 2022. All feedback received during this time will be considered before adopting the final Living Coast Plan.

You can view this and submit your feedback about the plan here: https://yoursay.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/coastal-hazard-adaptation-strategy

Living Coast Plan pop-ups:

  • Saturday 19 November 2022 9:00am – 11:00am, Bongaree Foreshore Park near the jetty
  • Saturday 19 November 2022 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Toorbul foreshore between the boat ramp and the public toilets
  • Sunday 20 November 2022 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Beachmere, Lehman Park, Cnr Biggs Ave and Main St
  • Saturday 26 November 2022 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Griffin, Dohles Rocks foreshore park, near the playground
  • Saturday 26 November 2022 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scarborough, Jamieson Park, Reef Point Esplanade