It's no secret the Moreton Bay Region loves its
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
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
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
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
- This technical information will provide a strong foundation for
the Coastal Strategy, as well as ongoing community
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
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.