QCoast2100 – Delivering Queensland-wide adaptation planning for coastal hazards & sea level rise

Mr Mat Cork1, Mr Sel Sultmann2

1Local Government Association Of Queensland, , Australia, 2Department of Environment and Science, Australia


Coastal erosion, and storm tide inundation (coastal hazards) pose significant risks to the communities on the Queensland coast. Climate change impact on the coast including sea level rise is expected to significantly increase these risks over time. The Queensland government in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) are funding coastal local governments to understand their coastal hazard risk profile up to 2100, and plan for safer, more resilient communities now and into the future. This is being achieved through the $12M QCoast2100 Program which delivers funding for Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategies (CHAS).

The program has been very successful, achieving a high level of participation with all major “at risk” coastal communities in Queensland participating and over 95 percent of at-risk population in the state included. The project can provide a successful model and deliver important learnings for other jurisdictions or sectors.

This presentation will detail successes and key strengths of the program including:

  • Almost universal engagement from councils – including 31 councils having commenced development of a CHAS and 95% coverage of at-risk populations;
  • A flexible delivery model encouraging council participation, including innovative and flexible funding arrangements and special assistance for low capacity councils;
  • High level of support including in-depth guidance and technical material, access to expert advice and knowledge sharing forums;
  • Strong linkages between the CHAS and the State’s planning and development assessment framework; and
  • Visible implementation pathways – just another strategy for the bookshelf or a relevant and actionable document?


Mat Cork
Mat is an environmental scientist with 25 years’ experience in coastal management and environmental conservation in Australia, the UK and the Middle-East.

Mat is currently the Program Manager for the QCoast2100 program – supporting participating councils in their progress though the 8 phases of developing a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy.

Sel Sultmann

Sel is a Principal Coastal Scientist with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and has been involved in coastal management with government for over 30 years.  This includes development of coastal policy and legislation and creation of statutory tools and mapping for planning and development assessment.  Historical roles include development assessment in coastal hazard areas, research into coastal dune stabilisation and management and sand dune reconstruction and revegetation projects. Currently he has a key role in delivery of the $12M QCoast2100 program which is assisting Queensland’s local governments to develop coastal hazard adaptation strategies to address current day risks and the emerging threat of climate change sea level rise.