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

Cork M, Schofield E1, Sultmann S2

1Local Government Association Of Queensland,

2Queensland Department of Environment & Science

Abstract:

Coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and sea level rise pose significant risks to Queensland’s coastal communities which will increase over time. The Queensland government, in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), are funding local governments to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) through the $13M QCoast2100 program. This will help councils understand their coastal hazard risks up to 2100 and plan for safer, more resilient communities.

The program is successfully providing councils with a technically robust understanding of coastal hazards, coupled with the opportunity to define local coastal values/assets. Based on this understanding, management options can be considered based on firm foundations and strong community engagement.

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

  • High level of council and community participation: 31 councils including all major “at risk” coastal communities in Queensland and over 95 percent of at-risk population.
  • Flexible delivery model: to encourage council participation, including innovative and flexible funding arrangements.
  • High level of support for grant recipients: including, a project management team, in-depth guidance/technical material, access to expert advice, and knowledge sharing forums.
  • Strong linkages between the CHAS and the State’s planning and development assessment framework: which drives implementation.

The Queensland government recently increased funding for the QCoast2100 program by $3M to commence the much-anticipated implementation phase for CHASs. The presentation will describe how this relatively small funding pool will be leveraged to maximise implementation benefit to council by supporting projects.


Biographies:

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.