Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

It's no secret the Moreton Bay Region loves its coastline.

Our bays, beaches and seaside spots have always been attractive places to live, work and visit.

But it's also true our coastal areas are more likely to experience natural change than any other parts of our region. As the people who live in and visit these areas know only too well, natural processes and weather-related events - such as erosion and storm tides - are part of coastal living.

Moreton Bay Regional Council is seeking to better understand the dynamic environmental factors that may affect the lifestyle and amenity of these much-loved areas in the future.

Planning for our Coast

Coastal change isn't a new phenomenon. Our bays and beaches are 'living areas' that change daily due to tides and seasons. They also experience and respond to Mother Nature's forces during storms and other extreme weather events.

Council will partner with local coastal communities to investigate how we can best prepare, adapt and take care of our 170 kilometres of coastline into the future. This consultative process will result in a Coastal Strategy for our coastline.

The strategy will investigate how coastal changes - such as coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and climate change factors like sea level rise - may impact local communities, infrastructure and the environment. It will also look at what resilience and adaptation options are available to best manage coastal change over time.

This complex project has commenced with council currently undertaking research and new technical studies that will be crucial for community consultation and involvement, and development of the Coastal Strategy.

The project is receiving funding support through the QCoast2100 program, a partnership between the State Government and the LGAQ.

What's happening now?

  • Council is continuing to identify, gather and review a wide range of technical information and data to better understand the types of coastal changes that may occur in the future
  • This preliminary scoping work is also highlighting if additional studies are required to ensure new coastal hazard models (erosion and storm tides) include best available science, data and information.
  • This technical information will provide a strong foundation for the Coastal Strategy, as well as ongoing community engagement activities

Local coastal communities will be actively involved in the development of the Coastal Strategy after the preliminary technical studies and new erosion/storm tide modelling are completed.

Residents and stakeholders will play a key role in helping identify the community values, assets and services that may be affected by coastal changes; determine coastal hazard consequences and possible risks; and consider and review management and adaptation options for our coastline.

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