Our coastline is dynamic and always changing. These natural processes and events are part of living on the coast, and include erosion, storm tides, cyclones and coastal flooding hazards.
The Our Cairns Coast project will help us make better informed decisions, for the longer term, to protect what we love about our coastal areas.
Council has secured funding under the Queensland Government’s QCoast2100 program to prepare a strategy to adapt to future coastal changes and risks from now until 2100. Cairns is one of 31 coastal councils working through the QCoast2100 program. The program addresses erosion, storm tide inundation and sea level rise.
A consultant team with the technical expertise has been engaged to assist, and the project will be supported by subject matter experts from inside and outside Council, as well as community contributions.
The 8-phase multi-year project aims to:
- better understand the coastal changes (hazards) we can expect to see, what areas are at risk and what this means for our community, our businesses and our infrastructure;
- plan for resilience by identifying what actions we need to take – and when – to avoid or reduce these impacts;
- take a coordinated approach to coastal planning and adaptation across the region.
In 2017, Council undertook early engagement planning and a review of previous work undertaken on coastal impacts affecting the region (Phases 1 and 2).
We are now commencing Phases 3 to 8 where we will identify the natural and built areas that are important to the community, what the likely impacts on these ‘assets’ will be, the likely adaptation options that are available and when and how these should or can be implemented. The program will run from November 2018 to late 2020.